Irish Citizenship


Registering a foreign birth
you can apply for Irish citizenship by descent. In these cases, you can become an Irish citizen through Foreign Birth Registration. Once a person is entered onto the Foreign Births Register they are an Irish citizen and entitled to apply for an Irish passport.


Retaining your South African Citizenship
South African citizens under the age of 18 years are exempt and do not require to apply for dual citizenship, as long as they acquire the foreign citizenship before their 18th birthday. They automatically retain their South African citizenship for life unless, once they have reached the age of 18 years and they then wish to acquire a further foreign citizenship, they will then have to apply for prior permission to retain their South African citizenship. Failing to do so, they will automatically lose their South African citizenship.
Please contact SA Travelbug for the relevant forms and supporting documents before going to DHA.


Travelling to South Africa as Dual Citizen
If you have obtained foreign citizenship, but plan to travel to South Africa, you must enter and leave the Republic of South Africa using your South African passport. It is illegal to travel to and from South Africa on a foreign passport if you are a South African citizen. If you have dual or multiple citizenships you must always ensure that your South African passport remains valid, so that when you travel to South Africa, your South African passports can be used to enter and leave the country.

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, and was born on the island of Ireland. You don’t need to apply to become an Irish citizen in this case.
If you were born outside of Ireland, you can become an Irish citizen if:

  • One of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or;
  • One of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, even though they were not born in Ireland.


In these cases, you can become an Irish citizen through Foreign Birth Registration. Once a person is entered onto the Foreign Births Register they are an Irish citizen and entitled to apply for an Irish passport.

  • A thorough and detailed information gathering process ensuring you are provided with the latest current information.
  • Guidance as to the best submission process and submission centre regarding your applications.
  • Counselling throughout the preparation process providing you with checklists and templates for the supporting documents required for your application and completing and submitting your online application and arranging the couriering of your documents.
  • Preparation of a complete application dossier for presentation to Immigration Authorities, as required.
  • Assisting in liaising and obtaining where possible supporting documentation and accreditation from the required 3rd parties. Noting that in some instances the time frame of such documentation is beyond the control of SA Travelbug.
  • Arranging for the translation of required supporting documents.
  • If required we will also arrange your Consular appointment.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of the client’s information and documents and to only release these details to the noted Government officials and those required by law or in order to expedite the application, unless the Applicant provides the authority to release information or documents to any other party.

The average wait time for an application to be processed in 2020 has been 13.5 months, according to the department. The Government’s immigration website states that a “straightforward application” for Irish citizenship should take 12 months to process.




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