Getting an Irish Passport in the UK

The UK will definitely be leaving the EU within the next 2 to 3 years after the result  of the referendum on 23rd June 2016.   About  48% of those who took part in the referendum  voted to stay in the EU  –  and some of that 48%  could still be entitled to an EU passport.

When the UK officially leaves the EU we don’t know for sure what agreements will be put in place about travel and relocation within the EU. Having a passport from a country that remains within the EU will allow you the same rights of movement in the EU as a UK passport holder had pre Brexit.

Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to UK citizenship and does not replace it.

It is estimated there are about  600,000 people in the UK who identified themselves as having Irish ethnic origin in the last census in 2011. There are probably tens of thousands more who didn’t tick the “Irish” box but who may have an Irish parent or an Irish grandparent. Some estimates are that as many as 6 million people in the UK have at least one Irish grandparent.

If you are a UK resident with Irish roots you can claim Irish nationality and get an Irish (EU) passport if you have  have an Irish born parent or even had just one grandparent born in Ireland .
You may also qualify if one of your  parents obtained Irish citizenship through Naturalisation or Foreign Birth Registration before you were born.
In these cases, Irish citizenship can keep  getting passed on to the next generation as long as the parent was an Irish citizen at the time of the applicant’s birth.

How Can a UK Resident get an Irish Passport?

If you live in the UK but were born on the island of Ireland before 1 January 2005 – then you are already an Irish Citizen and you can apply for an Irish passport  here

If you live in the UK and were born outside Ireland – the first step is to apply to become an Irish citizen by getting  your birth registered in the Irish Register of Foreign Births. This register is is kept by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

You will need quite a lot of documentation to go along with your application to register .

You will need your original Long Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate if applicable and a Certified copy of your current passport or identity document (e.g. Driver’s Licence)

You also need to select one parent  (with Irish roots) – and for this parent you will also need Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate and a certified copy of their passport or other identity document. If the parent is not living –  you will need a death certificate. If you are claiming citizenship through a grandparent – then obviously the parent you select must be one linked to the Irish born grandparent that you have evidence of .

Finally –  if you are claiming citizenship through a grandparent – then you will need the Irish birth certificate . marriage certificate and  (if still living) – a copy of their passport or identity document – otherwise a death certificate.

All certificates must be originals or certified copies from the originating office. Photocopies are not accepted.

Two passport size photos are also required and these have to be authorised by a witness such as a priest, doctor, head teacher, lawyer or policeman who knows the applicant.
If the person claiming citizenship is under 18 – then the parent must sign the application and also provide 2 photos signed on the back by the witness.

You can fill in the application form online here and then you have to print it off to be signed and witnesed and finally posted to   :
Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR

Fees for British Residents

£231 per application for persons 18 Years and over
£124  per application for persons under 18 Years

Payment to be made by one of the following methods: Bank Draft or Postal Order made payable to “Embassy of Ireland”. Cash, Credit Card payments, and personal Cheques are not accepted.

further details here  https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/great-britain/our-services/citizenship/born-outside-ireland/foreign-births-registration-guide/

Apply for an Irish Passport
When you have been entered on the Register of Foreign Births – you can then apply for an Irish Passport  .  They usually include an application form when they send you the certificate of Foreign Birth Registration .You can request an application form online  here 

Or you can write to the Irish passport office in the UK  at  114A Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES .More details about filling in the passport application  Here

Irish Passport Fees for UK Residents

Standard 10-year passport is £70
Large 66-page, 10-year passport is £96
Standard 5-year passport for those between 3 and 18 years is £23
Standard 3-year passport for those under 3 years is £14

They accept debit cards. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to the “Embassy of Ireland” for the valid sterling amount.

If paying by Credit card  the payment will be taken in Euros. Please ensure that the cardholder has signed Section 1 of the application and entered the expiry date of the card.

 

If you are in a hurry you can use the Irish Passport Express Service.  

They have 2 offices in the UK  in Liverpool and Glasgow – and you have to attend in person so they can check the form and the evidence.

Contact Details

Passport Office
Embassy of Ireland
114a Cromwell Road,
London, SW7 4ES
Great Britain

Tel: +44 20 7373 4339

Fax: +44 207 3734589