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    Default Irish citizens applying for UK passports

    I have noticed an increase in Northern people from a unionist background applying for Irish passports over the past few years.

    I was just wondering if the reverse is also true? ROI citizens may apply for a British passport; what are the advantages for one's ability to travel of doing so?

    I'm not looking for invective and political grandstanding here; rather, I', looking for any practical reasons, if any, as to why a ROI citizen should/might consider applying for a British passport.

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    Better diplomatic protection in some South American countries, cheaper visas to some countries - Australia, Rwanda (yes some of us have bizzarely been to Rwanda!). There is a flip side of course and there is many advantages to the Irish passport over the British one, particularly in conflict areas.

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    Citizens of the Republic of Ireland are not elegible to apply for British passports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurian
    Citizens of the Republic of Ireland are not elegible to apply for British passports.
    Are you sure? I don't think that's correct. I could be wrong however, and am open to correction. Any links?

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    Think if you were born in NI before 1948(?) you can apply. My mother is entitled to one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurian
    Citizens of the Republic of Ireland are not elegible to apply for British passports.
    unless you were born in a hospital in NI, which many along the border would be. And an increasing proportion will be, given the downgrading of acute medical services in provincial hospitals in Dundalk, Monaghan and elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurian
    Citizens of the Republic of Ireland are not elegible to apply for British passports.
    This Irish citizen is.

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    Default Re: Irish citizens applying for UK passports

    Longer visas in a lot of Commonwealth countries. For example a British citizen can stay in Hong Kong on a standard 'turn up at the airport' visa for six months. It used to make permanent immigration to Canada and New Zealand easier, but those regulations may have changed in the last decade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by easygoing
    I was just wondering if the reverse is also true? ROI citizens may apply for a British passport; what are the advantages for one's ability to travel of doing so?

    I'm not looking for invective and political grandstanding here; rather, I', looking for any practical reasons, if any, as to why a ROI citizen should/might consider applying for a British passport.
    My brother and sister have been tempted to go for a british passport as unlike myself they've lived practically all their lives in the UK and their future is definitely based there. There's plenty of 2nd generation irish people in the UK, who may think the same. But they've yet to apply for one as they see practically no additional benefit and in some cases the slight advantage of an irish passport being more welcome (or less unwelcome) than a british one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilW
    This Irish citizen is.
    That's as may be, but in general citizens of the Irish Republic are not entitled to apply for British passports

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