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    Posted: 18 Mar 2011 at 4:58am
Lads,

I was born in England to an Irish mother and English father, and proud of both sides of my heritage. However, I hold only a British passport, so I'm keen to register my 'foreign birth' with the Irish authorities to gain citizenship and the right to hold an Irish passport.

(A lengthy explanation of my reasons for wanting to go ahead and do this is available in a blog I wrote this week.)

Anyway, I just wondered if any of the overseas-based lads have ever gone through this process?

Specifically, I note that I have to submit my passport with the application, but then it says the process takes six months... will I be without my passport for this whole time?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Originally posted by heyirish heyirish wrote:

is that you Jamie???
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Originally posted by Tom Parker Tom Parker wrote:

Lads,

I was born in England to an Irish mother and English father, and proud of both sides of my heritage. However, I hold only a British passport, so I'm keen to register my 'foreign birth' with the Irish authorities to gain citizenship and the right to hold an Irish passport.

(A lengthy explanation of my reasons for wanting to go ahead and do this is available in a blog I wrote this week.)

Anyway, I just wondered if any of the overseas-based lads have ever gone through this process?

Specifically, I note that I have to submit my passport with the application, but then it says the process takes six months... will I be without my passport for this whole time?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 
Not sure, I know someone who had to give his passport to the Australians for a couple of months when he was emigrating, so you might have to. Probably best to ring the embassy and ask them.
 
Good blog by the way. One obvious benefit of having 2 passports is that the next time you have to give one to someone for months, you'll have another one that you can use to go abroad Thumbs%20Up
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Originally posted by Hoosay Hoosay wrote:

Probably best to ring the embassy and ask them.


Indeed - trouble is I've found the embassy quite difficult to deal with so far. Their phonelines are only open from 9.30am-midday, and they don't seem willing to give a straight answer about anything via email

No rush anyway, I've got two trips to Ireland planned in the next six weeks so I shan't be giving my passport up for any period of time until after then!
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Reading your blog is quite an interesting insight into diaspora living abroad and one that some Irish people should take note of, when determining someone's 'Irishness'.

Anyway, you've got all the right documents listed for what's required. A buddy of mine who was born in England with both of his grandparents on his mothers side born in Ireland, was therefore similarly half Irish, applied for and got his Irish passport a few years back, through this process.
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Great piece bud. I would imagine getting on to the department for foreign affairs would be the easiest route to a solution.
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Enjoyed that. Excellent blog Tom and best of luck in the pursuit of the Irish passport.
 
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Originally posted by Steve Amsterdam Steve Amsterdam wrote:

Originally posted by heyirish heyirish wrote:

is that you Jamie???

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I just had to send my birth cert, along with my parents birth certs, and their marriage cert to get my Irish passport (was born in London too). But I just realised that your issue may be that you already hold a British passport possibly? Good luck with it anyways

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A call to the Irish Embassy should set you right, a photocopy of your passport should do them, as they can check with the Brits about your details......if not I know a guy from Nigeria who can get you a nice passport
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Tom. you'll be totally fine, the application will go the London Embassy where the paperwork is processed and checked, any documents you send will be forwarded back to you from there. The passport is processed in ireland and sent back to the Embassy before being posted back to you.

I found the process very quick the first time around and quicker on renewal, there is a barcode with a number on your application which allows you to track progress on line.

http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=2859

I don't think you'd be without your british passport for more than 2 weeks say - doubt they'll need to keep a hold of it.
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I would have thought it would be easy for you since your mother and father were Irish. I know that I wanted a passport for my daughter (who was born in Canada) and got in touch with the Irish Embassy here and really all I had to do was prove that I was Irish (birth Cert, Passport etc.) and Bob's your uncle....even if he is English.
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Originally posted by jon'o jon'o wrote:

Tom. you'll be totally fine, the application will go the London Embassy where the paperwork is processed and checked, any documents you send will be forwarded back to you from there. The passport is processed in ireland and sent back to the Embassy before being posted back to you.
I found the process very quick the first time around and quicker on renewal, there is a barcode with a number on your application which allows you to track progress on line. http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=2859I don't think you'd be without your british passport for more than 2 weeks say - doubt they'll need to keep a hold of it.


That's really useful, thanks mate.
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Brilliant blog piece, Tom. Maybe this might go some way to shutting up the ignorant, ill-informed and smartarse comments about tricolours at Parkhead.
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Quick update for anyone who's interested...

Just received confirmation from the Embassy that a copy of my passport will be accepted. Blimey, looks like this is actually happening!
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Originally posted by Tom Parker Tom Parker wrote:

Quick update for anyone who's interested...

Just received confirmation from the Embassy that a copy of my passport will be accepted. Blimey, looks like this is actually happening!
 
Fair play Tom. Glad you're getting it sorted. Also just read your blog, a good read and and one I can relate to.  ClapClap
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