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Becoming an Irish citizen may be easier than you thought! Do you qualify?


Those dreaming of becoming a member of the emerald isles may be in luck, turns out becoming an Irish citizen is incredibly easy—if you can show your family tree.

Gain Irish citizenship by proving one of your grandparents was an Irish citizen and pay a simple fee. It's that easy to go right back where your family left just a couple generations ago!

Of course, it's a lot easier if your parents were Irish citizens and you were born there, because then you're instantly a citizen, obviously.

Unfortunately, infants don't get a say in where they're born, nor would they have an educated opinion on the matter.

Children born in Ireland but have foreign national parents is entitled to Irish citizenship if they have a British parent or parent entitled to live in Northern Ireland or the Irish State without restriction on their residency. It's all very complicated.

For comparison, though, becoming an American citizen without being born here or having a parent who is a citizen requires plenty of paperwork and tests, including knowing stuff most Americans with plenty of history courses would never know. That's commitment!

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