Brexit Fuels Increased Online Irish Ancestry Searches Seeking Information About Irish Passport Applications

Anyone born on the island of Ireland before 1 January 2005 or whose parents are Irish automatically qualifies for Irish citizenship. In some cases, those who have an Irish grandparent can also apply. The recent Brexit vote apparently is encouraging many people to consider applying for an Irish passport.

Ancestry.com has reported a 40% surge in new trial memberships in the week since the UK voted to leave the European Union, with daily searches of the site’s Irish records up by 20%. Some Northern Ireland Post Offices ran out of Irish passport applications in the wake of the referendum result.

You can read more in an article by David Young in the Irish Mirror web site at http://goo.gl/jqAmBK.

Information about eligibility for Irish citizenship and an Irish passport may be found at http://goo.gl/k4OcqJ.

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I have Irish citizenship through my grandparents. It’s actually what started me doing genealogy–you have to do it for three generations in order to obtain citizenship this way. In my case this brought me back to 1876, not far from the 1830s cliff of Irish genealogy.

If you plan to move to Ireland get an Irish passport in the US. Not having one makes the move much, much more difficult, especially with this kind of citizenship by foreign registry. Everyone is very interested to see the certificate. They pass it around the office. They ooh and aah. And then pass it back to you as if its foreign currency. No amount of pointing out it’s REAL citizenship seems to matter, at least not in the area in which we settled. The passport, though, was like a magic wand.

If you plan to move to Ireland without citizenship or more money than you can imagine, be sure to research the matter thoroughly. We would not have been able to do so without my citizenship. And even if you do qualify for a Stamp 0–the one for Rich Yanks–it’s a year-to-year thing that can be revoked any year. Whatever you do, do NOT sell your house in the US and buy one in any other country without first *thoroughly* researching the pitfalls of immigration.

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