Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

Naturalisation Applications

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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305. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) will be considered for naturalisation given the precarious nature of their position; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24096/22]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The persons referred to by the Deputy currently have a permission to remain in the State until August 2022. It is open to them to make an application to have that permission renewed. This should be applied for two weeks in advance of the permission expiring to their local Immigration Registration Office.

The granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. All applications for a certificate of naturalisation are processed in line with the eligibility criteria as set out under the Irish Naturalisation and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.

Each application is assessed individually in accordance with the provisions of the Act. A determination on whether an applicant satisfies the statutory criteria attendant to naturalisation can only be made after an application is received. There is no record of any naturalisation applications being submitted by the persons concerned.

Applicants are required to have five years reckonable residence in the State prior to making an application, except for spouses of Irish nationals where the requirement is three years. In both cases, the final 12 months must be continuous residence in the State with up to six weeks allowed to facilitate foreign travel for business, family or holiday purposes.

Detailed information on Irish citizenship and the naturalisation process, along with the relevant application forms and guidance notes, is available on my Department's immigration website at: www.irishimmigration.ie/how-to-become-a-citizen/.

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