(Original post by M1011)
Quick question that I was hoping someone could advise on. Until recently I was under the impression that I am a British Citizen of Irish Nationality. I've lived here since I was a year old, so I've kind of always just taken the citizenship thing as an assumption. Recently it's occurred to me through random web browsing that this might not be (in fact probably isn't) the case. I feel a little stupid having to ask this, but it's the kind of thing that doesn't really come up in everyday life!
A little about me (feel free to ask if the correct info isn't provided);
Born in Ireland (Republic of) to two Irish parents
No English relatives (although my two younger sisters were born here)
Moved here in 1991 at the grand old age of one
Just finished University here, soon to be working here
Have things such as a British driving licence and a National Insurance number
So my questions are;
A) Am I actually an Irish citizen?
YES - if you hold an Irish passport.
B) If so, what would the procedure be to become a British Citizen given my circumstances?
You have to apply, and you have to work here for at least 4 years. But because you have lived here since you were 1, perhaps your parents can apply for the whole family. (assuming they have worked here for 4+years). Form is on the Home Office website.
C) Is there actually any benefit in me being a British Citizen just because I live/work here?
No, there are no benefits. You are already an EU citizen. Any 'benefits' a British citizen gets, you get as well since Ireland is part of the EU. However, having a British passport might make it easier to travel abroad of commonwealth countries.
I appreciate any advise that TSR can provide