British Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Home Office written question – answered on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Irish citizens living in the UK with a parent born in the British dominion of Ireland before 1949 are eligible for automatic British citizenship.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

An Irish citizen whose parent was born in Ireland prior to 1949 would be a British citizen at birth if they were born in the UK before 1983; or born in the UK thereafter at a time when their parent was ordinarily resident here.

If born outside of the UK after 1949, they would be a British citizen only where their parent retained an ongoing ability to pass on British nationality.

Where the circumstances above do not apply, they are able to seek naturalisation as a British citizen provided they meet the statutory requirements.

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