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Obtaining American passports for my children who were born overseas to American parent

by Cory
(Dublin, Ireland)

Question: I am an American living in Ireland. My 2 babies were born here in Ireland but I would like to obtain American passports for them. I can do that here in Ireland at the American embassy but I believe it is less expensive for us to do it in the States.

My question is this: if I travel to America with the babies and their Irish passports, will there be any problem in getting them their American passports when they're in the States? While we are waiting for the passports to be processed, we plan to travel back to Ireland, again with the babies under their Irish passports. Traveling back and forth to America with the babies having Irish passports will in no way infringe upon them being able to obtain American passports, will it?

Answer: According to the Department of State, all U.S. citizens, even dual citizens/nationals, must enter and depart the United States using his/her U.S. passport. Therefore, you need to obtain passports for your children before traveling to the United States.

Note, the cost of obtaining a passport for a minor is the same in Ireland as it is in the United States. There are two fees which include an application fee of $80 and an execution fee of $25 for a total of $105 for each application for a minor.

For a list of requirements, click the link below.

Minor Passport at U.S. Embassy in Dublin

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