Citizenship by Naturalisation

Become an Irish Citizen by applying to the Minister for Justice and Equality for a certificate of naturalisation



The information on this page is for guidance only. Read the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts for a complete description of citizenship by naturalisation.

You may be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship by naturalisation if you are living in the State or if you are living on the island of Ireland and married to an Irish citizen. You may also be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship if you are of Irish descent or have Irish associations* or have been resident abroad in the Irish public service or have been declared to be a refugee or stateless as defined by law.

If your application is approved you will be invited to attend a Citizenship Ceremony where you will receive a Certificate of Naturalisation and make a declaration of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State.


Why choose to become an Irish citizen?

  • Enjoy indefinite residency in Ireland.
  • Exercise the right to vote in various elections.
  • Ireland allows dual nationality with other dual nationality-accepting countries.
  • As of 2024, Ireland possess  the 3rd strongest passport globally, providing access to 192 destinations.
  • Irish citizens are the are the only nationality in the world with automatic rights to live, work, study and travel both in the UK and the European Union.





Criteria for applying as an adult

  • Are of full age (aged 18 or over, or if aged under 18 you are married)
  • Meet the relevant conditions for residence
  • Intend to reside in the State or if you are spouse/civil partner of an Irish citizen intend to reside on the island of Ireland
  • Are of good character
  • Will attend a citizenship ceremony and make the declaration of fidelity



Additional Eligibility Information

Dependant Young Adults:

  • Aged 18-23.
  • Legally entered the State as part of a family unit.
  • Currently attending secondary school or in third-level education.
  • Continuously dependent on parents, not financially independent.


Minors (Children):

  • Aged under 18 (not married).
  • Application made by parent, legal guardian, or someone acting on the child’s behalf.
  • Different applications for various scenarios



Fees and Processing

Certification fees apply based on applicant category. Processing time is approximately 19 months. Applicants may be contacted for additional information during checks.


Irish Passport Application

After obtaining Irish citizenship, you can apply for an Irish passport through the Department of Foreign Affairs.



If you are considering moving to Ireland, feel free to contact us at:  for any inquiries or assistance.


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