An application under this ruling can be made to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and it is advisable to seek legal advice prior to making a residency application under the Zambrano ruling.
The Zambrano ruling applies only to Irish citizen children and not to Irish born children who may not be citizens.
Under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts, if a child is born in Ireland after January 2005, (s)he would be entitled to become a citizen if, at the time of his/her birth:
- a parent of the child is an Irish citizen (by birth or by naturalisation), or
- a parent of the child had three years of legal (or “reckonable”) residency in the State when the child was born, or
- the child was born in Ireland and is stateless, ie where it is impossible for the child to become a citizen of the country of birth of either of his or her parents.
Ireland also grants citizenship to the children of parents who have refugee status at the time of the birth of their child.
Contact us today for more information on applications for residency as a parent of an Irish Citizen child.