Citizenship updates & announcements

Citizenship ceremonies on Friday 21 April 2017

28 November 2016

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will take place on Friday 21 April 2017 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Telephone helpline closed over Christmas holiday period

13 December 2016

The Citizenship telephone helpline will be closed on 27 & 29 December 2016 and 3 January 2017. You can continue to send queries by email over these days. The helpline will re-open as normal on 5 January 2017.

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Return of passports after applying for citizenship by naturalisation

5 October 2016

Please allow at least 4 weeks for your passport to be returned. If you think you'll need your passport soon after you make an application (eg for travel), you should postpone your application until you return.

If you ask for your passport back before your application has finished processing, the application will be put on hold. You must then return the passport to us for processing to be completed.

Read more about citizenship by naturalisation

Citizenship ceremonies on Friday 25 November 2016

29 September 2016

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will take place on Friday 25 November 2016 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Public Services Card (PSC) now needed for certificate of naturalisation

17 August 2016

From 19th September 2016 anyone applying for a certificate of naturalisation who is aged 18 and above and who is resident in the State, must be registered with the Department of Social Protection for a Public Services Card (PSC).

How to apply for PSC

If you do not have a PSC, you can obtain one through a secure face-to-face process in one of the 100 Department of Social Protection locations nationwide.

Details of documents needed to complete the PSC registration process and an online appointment booking service are available via www.welfare.ie.

Security & fraud protection

The PSC is an important measure for identification purposes. It will help protect against fraud and identity theft and uphold the integrity of the Irish naturalisation process. It will also ensure that the identity of applicants for naturalisation can be verified to a high standard.

The PSC is used increasingly as an efficient and secure means to access Government services including social welfare payments, free travel on public transport and first time adult passport applications.

PSC infrastructure will be extended to other public services in the future.

Read more about citizenship by naturalisation

Citizenship ceremonies on Monday 19 September

20 June 2016

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will take place on Monday 19 September at the Convention Centre in Dublin. At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Schedule of citizenship ceremonies

4 May 2016

The next day of citizenship ceremonies is scheduled for later in Autumn 2016. Details will be published here when confirmed. So far this year ceremonies have been held in Waterford on 4 March & Dublin on 26 April.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Change of date for citizenship ceremony

22 March 2016

The citizenship ceremony which was scheduled to take place on Friday 15th April 2016 has been deferred and will now take place on Tuesday 26th April 2016. A letter has issued to all those who are scheduled to attend.

Phone line closures

10 March 2016

Citizenship phone lines will be closed on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31. During those dates, you can continue to send in queries by email to citizenshipinfo@justice.ie

Phone lines re-open on Tuesday 5 April.

 

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Updated: 20 December 2016

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