Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 and 414 together.
I can inform the Deputy that the first named person submitted an application for a certificate of naturalisation on 25 January 2019. This application was approved and the person concerned was due to attend the citizenship ceremony held on 3 March 2020.
The second named person also submitted an application for a certificate of naturalisation on 25 January 2019. This application is currently being processed with a view to establishing whether the person meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible. If any further documentation is required, it will be requested from the person in due course.
It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. The nature of the naturalisation process is such that, for a broad range of reasons, some cases will take longer than others to process. In some instances, completing the necessary checks can take a considerable period of time and consequently it should be noted that applications received on the same day may not be decided within the same timeframe.
Queries in relation to the status of any immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by email 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 Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in the cases where the response is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.