Written answers

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Citizenship Applications

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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172. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if applicants for citizenship are required to have a valid GNIB card in view of the fact the cards are not currently being issued. [23138/20]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The Citizenship Division of the Immigration Service of my Department are accepting new applications. As part of the application form, a copy of the applicant's current IRP (GNIB) card is required and must be submitted.

The one and two month periods of automatic renewals of immigration permissions announced during the pandemic will count as reckonable residence for citizenship purposes where the person already held a type of permission that counted as reckonable residence.

The reckonable residence permissions granted are endorsed in the applicant's passport, which must also be submitted with the application. Applicants should not submit their application unless the form is fully completed and accompanied with the original current passport, application fee and all the required supporting documents.


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