Today the American Consulate travelled to Cork. Such a convenient service. They come every so often (I suppose when budgets permit). To be honest we were waiting for their next trip down to Cork to register the Prince’s birth abroad. We just didn’t have a trip to Dublin planned and I didn’t see the point of making a special trip up…although it would have given us an excuse to go to IKEA…
Although US citizenship transfers to a child at birth, the official paperwork (which can be used as a birth certificate) is Consular Registration of Birth Abroad. It’s also required to get passports and SS# and all that jazz. So anyway when the Dublin Embassy emailed to say they were coming to Cork I jumped at the chance. There is plenty of paperwork to gather of course. To register a birth abroad you have to prove your own citizenship as well as your physical presence in the US for at least 5 years. I provided highschool and college transcripts which were accepted. All in all it was actually pretty easy.
Out of curiosity as I was chatting to the consuls I asked how many American’s they reckon are in Ireland. They said that at least 100,000 US citizens are registered with the Embassy in Ireland. And since registering with the embassy is not compulsory there are likely to be MANY, MANY more. I had no idea there were so many of us here!! But it makes total sense given the strong cultural and familial links between the US & Ireland. But on an island of 4million it’s a lot.
Incidentally, it’s worth registering with the embassy as an expat living in any country. It will make things easier should you ever need consulate support. The Dublin Embassy send emails about things that concern expats in Ireland & they let you know when the consulate is travelling around Ireland!! You can also like the US Embassy Dublin on FB!