There may be several options available if you are considering making an application for Irish Citizenship.
The application procedure has recently been greatly improved. However making a successful application still depends on having all the supporting documentation and with the advice of an experienced solicitor your application will be processed more efficiently.
Learn more about the areas of Irish Citizenship in which we may be able to assist.
Certificates of Naturalisation
Applications for certificate of naturalisation are decided by the Minister for Justice and Equality (http://www.inis.gov.ie) at her absolute discretion.
Since 2011, the Department of Justice and Equality has improved the processing time for straightforward applications with a view finalising within a 6 month time frame.
The Department’s website notes that 30,000 applications for naturalisation were processed in 2013 compared to 3,117 in 2008 and that currently, 95% of all valid applications are now approved.
We can assist with advising you on your eligibility to apply and advise you on the supporting documentation required to ensure your application can dealt with as expeditiously as possible.
There is currently no appeal to a refusal of an application for a certificate of naturalisation – if you have been refused an application we can advise on the decision and in some cases seek to have the decision over turned.
Foreign Birth Registration (Citizenship by descent)
Applications for foreign birth registrations are made to the Department of Foreign Affairs through Ireland’s overseas embassies.
We can assist with advising on your eligibility to apply for a foreign birth registration and advise you on the necessary supporting documents. Usually, it can be difficult to trace historic documents, for example birth certificates of grandparents who are long since deceased, and we can assist.
First Irish Passport Applications
Prior to the 1st January 2005 all babies born on the Island of Ireland were entitled to Irish Citizenship. This is no longer the case.
We often advise parents who have resided in Ireland for some time prior to the birth of their child as to whether their child is a citizen by birth and so be entitled to apply for an Irish passport.
Circumstances where we have advised include; when the child has been born abroad, where one or both parents have been working in Embassies or where one or both parents have been undocumented.