Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Naturalisation Eligibility

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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418. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) can apply for naturalisation and-or citizenship; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3704/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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It is open to any individual to lodge an application for a certificate of naturalisation if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.

Further to the recent Court of Appeal judgment regarding qualifying residency it should be noted that a reasonable and generous period of 6 weeks is allowed to provide for absences for normal holidays and other short absences such as for a family bereavement during the 12 months immediately prior to making the application. Absences totalling 6 weeks or more in any year will be deducted in total when calculating residency.

Full details of the eligibility criteria, a residency calculator and extensive guidelines are available on the Immigration Service website at .

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.


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