Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Naturalisation Certificates

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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85. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps a person (details supplied) can take regarding the provision of a passport for the person's child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45706/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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Persons making an application for a certificate of naturalisation are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their identity and nationality. This is usually in the form of a current valid passport and may include other original supporting documents, such as a previously held or out of date passport, birth certificate and marriage certificate.

In rare circumstances where an applicant cannot produce their current passport, or a previous passport, birth certificate or other supporting documents, the applicant will be required to provide a full explanation. Such explanation should, where possible, be supported by satisfactory evidence that they have attempted to obtain such documentation and correspondence from the relevant authorities or embassy responsible for the issuing of passports and birth certificates in their country, clearly stating the reasons the documentation cannot be provided.

My Department will consider the explanation given and, if satisfied that it is for reasons genuinely beyond the applicant's control, may suggest alternative means to the person to assist in establishing their identity and nationality.


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