And like a gift from God, the Irish pub appeared in the distance.We walked into the warm and cozy Irish pub and immediately waltzed to the wooden counter where we saw that familiar harp of Guinness calling our names.(FYI, America is the only country that taxes its citizens even if they aren’t living or working in the U. Well, have no fear, THE IRISH GOVERNMENT WILL RETURN ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTS. Surprisingly, my aunt told me she had my grandmother’s birth certificate and mailed it to me upon request.
When it comes to contacting the American government, I would probably have more luck sending a bottled message out to sea than trying to reach them by phone or email.Get your parent’s marriage certificate from any church in the United States here for the not-so-affordable price of 0 USD. Fill out the Application After you get all your paperwork in order (and only after), fill out the application online. Once you’re finished, your application will be submitted to the Irish government immediately. Have a Witness Handy When You Sign Your Paperwork So basically, you’ll need a legal witness to 1. Oh, and you’re not mailing it to the embassy in the USA. You’re mailing it straight to Ireland (address included in application). Wait (but not that long) I mailed all of my documents in January 2015 and expected not to hear anything for six months minimum.In the meantime, they’ll give you a PDF version that you must print out and sign. I used hella expensive shipping to get my documents across the Atlantic, which cost me a good -50 bucks. I heard various stories online, but it seemed like six months was the norm for most applicants.So being able to talk to Tom and ask him in-depth questions about my application made me feel very safe and confident about my application. When I told fellow Americans that I became Irish, instead of congratulate me with a pint of Guinness they merely cocked their head and asked with alarm: Why not, I say.I was truly astonished at how efficient, polite and kind the Irish government was in handling my citizenship. Sure, it was kind of expensive (with all of the document request fees included, the total cost added up to about 500 bucks), but I still think it was totally worth it. It’s hard to say–but it’s nice to have the option, no? My grandmother was so Irish, she kept her Irish accent all the way to her deathbed. As I went to all these crazy Irish government websites, I saw that they had not only an English option–but an Irish option.In addition, I had the church certificate of my grandparent’s marriage in Boston, as well as my grandmother’s death certificate.