Retention of Irish Citizenship

If you are a naturalised Irish citizen and resident outside Ireland, you are required to complete a form to declare your intention to retain Irish citizenship.

Section 19(1)(c) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 (as amended) provides that the Minister for Justice and Equality may revoke a certificate of naturalisation if satisfied that the holder has been ordinarily resident outside the State for a continuous period of seven years and has not (without reasonable excuse) annually declared their intention to retain Irish citizenship.

Registration must be done in the prescribed manner with your local Irish Embassy or the Minister for Justice and Equality.

The requirement does not apply to Irish citizens by descent or association.

Failure to register in this situation, may result in a revocation of citizenship.

If you would like further assistance in relation to this, please feel free to contact our office and we would be glad to guide you through the process of registering a declaration of your intention to retain Irish citizenship.

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