And like a gift from God, the Irish pub appeared in the distance.
We walked into the warm and cozy Irish pub and immediately waltzed to the wooden counter where we saw that familiar harp of Guinness calling our names.
In addition, I had the church certificate of my grandparent’s marriage in Boston, as well as my grandmother’s death certificate.
It was very eerie to have my grandmother’s whole life in my hands. The only people qualified to be a witness to your application are: Since I already had to go to the bank to notarize the copy of my passport and my father’s driver’s license, I had my local “bank manager” be my witness and do all of the dirty work above.
Although the Irish mainly use English to communicate, I’m really impressed at how the country is trying to push the Irish language back into their society. Anyway, I hope this page helps all the other Irish-wannabe hopefuls out there.
I have heard tales of various travelers and friend claiming Italian, Spanish and Portuguese citizenship successfully.
Get your parent’s marriage certificate from any church in the United States here for the not-so-affordable price of 0 USD. Fill out the Application After you get all your paperwork in order (and only after), fill out the application online. Once you’re finished, your application will be submitted to the Irish government immediately. Have a Witness Handy When You Sign Your Paperwork So basically, you’ll need a legal witness to 1. Oh, and you’re not mailing it to the embassy in the USA. You’re mailing it straight to Ireland (address included in application). Wait (but not that long) I mailed all of my documents in January 2015 and expected not to hear anything for six months minimum.
In the meantime, they’ll give you a PDF version that you must print out and sign. I used hella expensive shipping to get my documents across the Atlantic, which cost me a good -50 bucks. I heard various stories online, but it seemed like six months was the norm for most applicants.
(FYI, America is the only country that taxes its citizens even if they aren’t living or working in the U. Well, have no fear, THE IRISH GOVERNMENT WILL RETURN ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTS. Surprisingly, my aunt told me she had my grandmother’s birth certificate and mailed it to me upon request.
The certificate was so old I thought the paper would disintegrate if I unfolded it.
Keep in mind, however, each process varies by nation, so what works for Ireland may not work for the others. America allows dual citizenship with Ireland–you will not have to give up your American citizenship to become Irish. How to Apply Believe it or not, applying for Irish citizenship is ridiculously easy.