Citizenship Changes effective from 01 January 2005

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN

[AS A RESULT OF THE IRISH NATIONALITY AND CITIZENSHIP ACT 2004]

Anyone born on the island of Ireland on or before 31 December 2004 is entitled to be an Irish citizen.  When making application for a passport for any child born on or before 31 December 2004 parents should supply the child’s Long Form Birth Certificate.

The citizenship entitlement of every person born on the island of Ireland on or after 1 January 2005 is governed by the citizenship of the person's parents at the time of the person's birth or the residency history of one of the parents prior to the birth.

WHEN MAKING APPLICATION FOR A PASSPORT FOR A CHILD BORN ON OR AFTER 1 JANUARY 2005 THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH A COMPLETED APPLICATION )

A - Where a parent is an Irish citizen or entitled to be an Irish citizen

-The Child's Long Form Birth Certificate, and

-The Long Form Birth Certificate or Passport of that parent.

B - Where a parent is a British citizen

-The Child's Long Form Birth Certificate, and

-The Passport of that parent.

C - Where a parent is a national of an EU Member State, an EEA Agreement State or of the Swiss Confederation. [The parent needs to have resided in Ireland for 3 of the previous 4 years].

- The Child's Long Form Birth Certificate, and

- The Passport or National Identity Document of that parent, and

- Declaration Form A to be completed by that parent . This form is available from the Passport Office and also may be downloaded from www.passport.ie.

D - Where a parent is a non national, other than an EU/EEA/Swiss national.

The child will qualify for Irish citizenship if, at the time of the birth of the child in the island of Ireland, one of his/her parents had reckonable residence in the island of Ireland during the four years immediately preceding the birth of the child. Reckonable residence is regarded as residence where he/she had been lawfully resident in the island of Ireland for a period of not less than three years, or periods the aggregate of which is three years. Periods of unlawful residence, periods of residence which were for the sole purpose of having an application for refugee status determined or periods of residence where permission was granted for the purposes of study are excluded from the determination of periods of reckonable residence.

The following documentation will be required :

- The Child's Long Form Birth Certificate.

-  The Registration Card issued by the GNIB

- The Passport of that parent [The parent should also provide a detailed letter of explanation along with the passport indicating which pages contain Immigration stamps covering periods of reckonable residence].

If the Passport Office is unable to confirm the parent’s 3 years reckonable  residence from the passport the parent will require to obtain a letter from GNIB, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 setting out their residence history and confirming their reckonable  residency qualification.

E - Where a parent has been granted Refugee Status in the State.

Once a parent has been granted refugee status any child born in Ireland after that date is automatically an Irish citizen. There is not a 3 year reckonable residence requirement for parents who are granted refugee status.

- The Child's Long Form Birth Certificate, and

-The Passport or Travel Document issued by D/Justice of that parent,

- The letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 notifying the parent that s/he has been granted refugee status and, if available, the Registration Card issued by the GNIB.

F - Where a parent is not an EU/EEA/Swiss national but who is entitled under the immigration laws of the United Kingdom to reside in Northern Ireland without any restriction on his or her period of residence. This excludes [similar to Section D above] persons applying for refugee status and students.

- The Child's Long Form Birth Certificate, and

-The Passport of that parent, and

-A Certificate of Nationality in respect of the child issued by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

This certificate must be obtained in advance of making the passport application. To apply for a Certificate Declaration Form C must be completed by that parent. Copies of the Declaration form may be obtained from the Department of Justice, the Passport Office and may also be downloaded from www.justice.ie or www.passport.ie. Along with the Declaration application the parent needs to furnish evidence of lawful residence in Northern Ireland for at least 3 years, eg their passport as well as income tax, social insurance, driving licence, rent and utility bills.


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