Separated from mainland Europe by the Irish sea, the “Emerald Isle” branches roughly 84,000 kilometers riddled with rolling green hills. Known for their significant amount of castles, extravagant St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and Guinness Beer, Irish heritage and culture is one to be experienced by all.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can reclaim your Irish citizenship through your family lineage.
The Irish government has upheld the Irish Nationality Law since 1922, being amended most recently in 2004, meaning if you meet the proper requirements, you could live, work, and study in any of the 28 countries throughout the European Union with no restrictions.
Many people whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were born in the Czech Republic qualify for Irish citizenship through descent. Below are the personal requirements you must meet, as well as the documentation you must be able to present.
To meet the requirements for Irish citizenship, you must have:
A parent or grandparent who was born in Ireland.
A parent who was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth.
A great-grandparent who was born in Ireland, if your parents applied for your foreign birth registration before you were born, or who reclaimed their own Irish citizenship.
To apply for Irish citizenship, you must have the appropriate documents in order. While the paperwork requirements can be more extensive in Ireland than in other EU countries, the basics of what you need includes:
Your own original birth certificate
The original birth certificate of your parent and/or grandparent
Original marriage certificates
Notarized copies of you and your ancestor’s passports