7 Countries Where You Can Get a Passport Through Ancestry
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Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population identifies as fully or partially Irish American. Fortunately for them, Ireland’s citizenship-by-ancestry program is one of the most straightforward. Qualifying candidates must have at least one parent or grandparent with Irish citizenship, though in some cases a great-grandparent born on the Emerald Isle could be workable. The first step to acquiring Irish citizenship is to file with the Foreign Birth Registration, a process that typically takes between 12 and 18 months. (Note: Processing of applications has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, so expect that timeline to be drawn out further in the near future.) Once you’re in the registry, dual citizenship can take another year to obtain—and only then can you apply for an Irish passport. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Ireland’s passport is one of the world’s most powerful, granting fortunate holders visa-free access to 186 countries plus freedom of movement throughout the E.U. Learn more here.

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