Things are a bit bonkers in the UK at the moment so we’re looking into dual citizenship for the kids.
We don’t want Brexit to disadvantage them.
With my wife being born in Ireland, the kids are already Irish citizens even though they were born in the UK.
Having an Irish passport would just make it more official.
They already have a UK passport and having both is fine because the UK and Ireland allow dual citizenship.
Best Of Both Worlds
Free movement isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it would seem a shame for the kids to miss out on the opportunities it brings.
It means they can live and work in the EU without any extra hassle.
I hope me and the kids won’t need a visa to travel to the EU for short stays after Brexit but dual citizenship for them makes that certain.
If it does come down to needing a visa then it means I’ll be the only one inconvenienced.
Starting The Process Of Dual Citizenship
The first step to getting dual citizenship for the kids is to get an APS2 form.
You can get it online or from an Irish embassy or consulate.
We’ve sent off for the form but in the meantime, I’m going to dig out as much of the other stuff we need.
- Four passport photos (two of which need to be signed by a relevant witness)
- My wife’s full birth certificate (as proof of Irish citizenship)
- Our marriage certificate
- Both the kids’ full birth certificates
From the information I’ve read online, the application process doesn’t seem too onerous.
Hopefully the road to dual citizenship for the kids will go smoothly.
Getting The Form Witnessed
Unsurprisingly you need to get someone to witness the passport application and two of four passport photos.
There’s a whole host of people you can get to do it from a set list of professions.
Anyone aged seven and over must sign the application form in the presence of the witness.
That could be interesting!
The witness has to sign and stamp the back of two photos or sign and date them and include a business card if they don’t have an official stamp.
A parent or guardian also has to give their consent to the passport application which again needs to be witnessed.
Are You Or Your Kids Entitled To Dual Citizenship?
If you’re in the UK and eligible for dual citizenship with another country have you considered applying?
What’s your experience been like in that regard?
Do you or your kids already have dual citizenship and how does that work for you?