Irish Citizenship

Immigation to Ireland

With Irish Citizenship, you can apply for an Irish passport, vote in all Irish elections and have access to all State support services, furthermore Irish Citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 186 countries and territories, ranking the Irish passport 6th in terms of travel freedom.

To become an Irish Citizen, you need to meet the following rules:

  • You need to be at least 18 years old (or married if you’re under 18) or, you’re a child born in the Republic of Ireland from the 1 January 2005.
  • You’re of good character (any criminal records and on-going proceedings will be taken into consideration).
  • You have lived in Ireland for a year before the date of your application, and lived in the State for at least four years out of the last eight preceding.
  • Altogether, you have lived total of five years* residence of the last nine.
  • You intend to continue to live in Ireland after naturalisation.
  • You’ll make a declaration of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State, observing the laws of the State and respecting its democratic values.

You might also be eligible:

  • If you’re of Irish descent or if you’re a parent or guardian applying on behalf of a minor child who is.
  • If you were born in Ireland.
  • If you’re a naturalized parent applying on behalf of a child.
  • If you’re the spouse or civil partner of an Irish citizen or naturalized person.
  • If you’ve been a resident abroad in the public service.
  • If you’re recognised as a refugee or a stateless person.


Here at RNL Solicitors, we have a team of immigration lawyers who can help you work out if you’re eligible for Irish citizenship.  If you are eligible, we’ll manage the whole application process for you, making sure it’s as quick and hassle free as possible.  If Irish citizenship isn’t an option for you right away, we’ll work with you to find alternative ways to help you stay in Ireland.

Get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today.

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