USC to UK

Old Jul 31st 2011, 2:14 am
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Hello
We're in the process of a permanebt residence for myself.
I have both an irish and UK passport.
My American wife is interested in working in the UK/Ireland with me at some stage next year.
Her great grandparents are Irish.
What processes should we follow?
Should we go through the Irish or the British route?
Any help appreciated.
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Old Jul 31st 2011, 4:05 pm
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I was in a similar situation. My grandparents are Irish and my mom is British. I found that it was easier for me to go the British way. To do the Irish way, she would have to apply for a foreign birth registry, which can take up to a year to process. Then she would have to apply for a passport, which could take another month or two. So, the Irish way has a lot more paper work and takes more time.
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Old Aug 2nd 2011, 2:39 pm
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I don't think great grandparents is recent enough to claim Irish citizenship unless her greats registered her grandparents as citizens if born abroad, but they may even have stopped allowing that (registering citizenship down generations of foreign born children)that now.

So probably she'll need a UK Spouse visa.
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Old Aug 5th 2011, 4:39 am
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Originally Posted by zak121 View Post
Hello
We're in the process of a permanebt residence for myself.
I have both an irish and UK passport.
My American wife is interested in working in the UK/Ireland with me at some stage next year.
Her great grandparents are Irish.
What processes should we follow?
Should we go through the Irish or the British route?
Any help appreciated.
Depends on where you want to live. United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) = British visa. Republic of Ireland = Irish visa.

She will be eligible for citizenship in either country after X years of residence. Once a citizen she can move freely between the two. It is not advisable to hop between countries until you get citizenship of at least one.

With an Irish great-grandparent she is probably too far removed for Irish citizenship, UNLESS her parent got Irish citizenship either before she was born, or registered as an Irish citizen before 1987.

Or unless by some chance her grandparent was born in Ireland or Northern Ireland and came to the United States at a young age.
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