Citizenship updates & announcements

Notice | Updated Statement from the Minister for Justice and Equality on the recent judgment in the High Court citizenship case

11 September 2019

I want to assure people that we are doing everything possible to put in place a solution on an urgent basis. I have taken expert legal advice and I intend to introduce legislation to address the issue that has arisen in the recent High Court citizenship judgment on the law governing applications for citizenship.

At the end of July, I obtained Cabinet approval for a proposed Bill and intensive work is taking place in my Department where officials are working with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in the Attorney General’s Office to finalise a draft Bill.

I intend to introduce the Bill in the Oireachtas as soon as the Houses of the Oireachtas return to session. I know that colleagues of all parties are concerned with the difficulty that has arisen and I am hopeful that the Oireachtas will give the Bill early and positive consideration.

As soon as the Bill becomes law, my officials will make all necessary arrangements for the next Citizenship Ceremony. Invitations will issue at least four weeks in advance of the ceremony to ensure everyone has adequate notice.

Notice | Updated statement from INIS on the recent judgment in the High Court citizenship case

29 July 2019

The Department is continuing to work on finding solutions to the situation as quickly as possible. The best interests of applicants and future applicants are foremost in our considerations.

On Thursday 25 July 2019, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan obtained Cabinet approval for a proposed Bill, which seeks to resolve the issue that has arisen in the recent High Court judgment.

The Minister’s intention is to work with the Office of the Attorney General and instruct the Office of Parliamentary Counsel to have a bill drafted on an urgent basis and before the Houses of the Oireachtas for consideration in mid-September as soon as the recess ends.

It is intended that the Citizenship Ceremony scheduled to take place at the end of September will still go ahead and planning is taking place on that basis.

In respect of the judgment itself, yesterday (25 July 2019), a date was set for an appeal to be heard by the Court of Appeal. Our advice for people who are planning to apply for citizenship is to continue to collect all the necessary proofs that support your application and to submit a comprehensive application form. Once a solution is in place, if any additional information is required, you will be contacted as part of the processing of your application.

We do not believe that this ruling has consequences for anyone who has already obtained citizenship under the Act.

We ask for your continued patience while we put in place a solution as an urgent priority. Further updates will be posted on this website when available. If you would like to speak to us about your case, you can contact us as follows http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/contact-citizenship.


Citizenship Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

Notice | Statement from Minister Flanagan on High Court Citizenship judgment

18 July 2019

Speaking from Helsinki, where he is attending a meeting of EU Home Affairs Ministers, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has addressed the recent High Court judgment on citizenship, saying:

"I know that the ruling from the High Court has caused concern and may have been unsettling for people in the Citizenship process. I want to reassure people that my officials are carefully studying the ruling in consultation with the Attorney General’s Office. This issue is being dealt with as an urgent priority and I will take any necessary action to resolve it "

Next citizenship ceremonies announced to take place on Friday 28 June 2019

24 June 2019

The next citizenship ceremony will take place on Friday 28th June 2019 at the WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology)  Arena in Waterford.

At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Invitations have been issued for this ceremony.

Please find travel direction to the ceremony location Travel guidance for WIT Arena Waterford

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Submission of passports

14 June 2019

As we enter the peak holiday season, Citizenship Division is experiencing significant demand for the return of passports. Following the advice below will minimise any disruption to your travel plans.

Do not submit an application for naturalisation if:

  • You intend to travel within the next 10 weeks
  • You anticipate changing address within the next 10 weeks

 Every effort is being made to process applications promptly and your patience would be appreciated during this period of peak demand.

Phone line closures

7 June 2019

Citizenship phone lines will be closed on Tuesday 11 June and Thursday 13 June. During those dates, you can continue to send in queries by email to citizenshipinfo@justice.ie.

Phone lines will re-open for normal service on Tuesday 17 June.

Phone line closures

Published 14 May 2019 & updated 28 May

Citizenship phone lines will be closed on Tuesday 14 May, Thursday 16 May and Thursday 30 May. During those dates, you can continue to send in queries by email to citizenshipinfo@justice.ie.

Phone lines will re-open for normal service on Tuesday 4 June.

Minister Flanagan congratulates 2,400 new Irish citizens

29 April 2019

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, will today (Monday) congratulate 2,400 new Irish citizens across three citizenship ceremonies to be held in the Convention Centre Killarney, Co Kerry. The Presiding Officers on the day will be Retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon and Retired District Court Judge Paddy McMahon. Those granted citizenship at today’s ceremonies originate from over 90 countries. Read the Minister's press release.

Phone line closures

28 March 2019

Citizenship phone lines will be closed on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays: April 2, 4, 9.  During those dates, you can continue to send in queries by email to citizenshipinfo@justice.ie.

Phone lines will re-open for normal service on Thursday 11 April.

Next citizenship ceremonies announced to take place on Monday 29 April 2019

28 February 2019

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will take place on Monday 29th April 2019 at the Killarney Convention Centre in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Invitations will issue in due course. Please do not contact us in this regard as we are not in a position to confirm invitation at this stage.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Minister Flanagan announces that over 10,000 people were granted Irish citizenship in 2018

1 January 2019

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced that 10,158 people – including 3,136 children – were granted Irish citizenship in 2018. The figures bring the number of new Irish citizens to have received their certificate of naturalisation since the introduction of Citizenship Ceremonies in 2011 to over 120,000.

Read the Minister's press release

Telephone helpline closed over Christmas holiday period

21 December 2018

The Citizenship telephone helpline will be closed on 27 December 2018 and 3 January 2019. You can continue to send queries by email over these days. The helpline will re-open as normal on 8 January 2019.

See all contact details for citizenship

Next citizenship ceremonies announced to take place on Monday 26 November 2018

26 September 2018

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will take place on Monday 26th November 2018 at the Killarney Convention Centre in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Invitations will issue in due course. Please do not contact us in this regard as we are not in a position to confirm invitation at this stage.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Citizenship ceremonies on Monday 21 May 2018

5 March 2018

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will take place on Monday 21 May 2018 at the Killarney Convention Centre in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

  • A free shuttle bus service will run from 3 locations within Killarney town to the ceremony - see details here.
  • There are also dining options available on site - see details here.
  • Citizenship candidates attending the Convention Centre in Killarney on the 21st May 2018 are requested to contact citizenshipinfo@justice.ie if you have any special needs requirements.
  • Candidates who received an invitation to the Citizenship Ceremony in the 21st May 2018 should note that the ceremony auditorium will only be able to cater for one guest with each candidate.

Read a longer description about what happens at a citizenship ceremony

Minister Flanagan congratulates the 6,850 people granted Irish citizenship during 2017

31 December 2017

Minister Flanagan congratulates the 6,850 people granted Irish citizenship at three Citizenship Ceremonies across Ireland over the course of 2017

Read the Minister's press release

Minister Flanagan congratulates over 3,000 new Irish citizens

27 November 2017

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today congratulated some 3,200 new Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Flanagan said:

"It is a great privilege for me to be here on this very special day, the day on which Irish citizenship will be formally conferred on you during this simple but solemn ceremony. My earnest wish for each and every one of you, is that it will be a journey full of hope and full of optimism with a bright new future as members of the great Irish global family."

Read extracts from the Minister's address

Postposed Citizenship Ceremony rescheduled for Monday 27 November 2017

19 October 2017

The citizenship ceremony scheduled for Monday 16 October 2017 in the Convention Centre Dublin was postponed in the interests of public safety as part of the national response to the serious warnings over Storm Ophelia.

Rescheduled date Monday 27 November

This ceremony has now been rescheduled for Monday 27 November at the same venue.

Invitation letters are currently being prepared and are issuing to those who were invited to the postponed ceremonies on the 16 October.

The same arrangements for attendance will apply to you on 27 November as applied on the 16 October.

Read more about the citizenship ceremonies and download the attendee lists.

If you are unable to attend on your rescheduled date please contact the Citizenship help-desk on citizenshipinfo@justice.ie.

Registration certificates

In view of the exceptional circumstances, if your immigration permission as shown on your registration certificate (GNIB card) expired following the cancellation of the citizenship ceremony, you do not need to renew it in advance of the rescheduled ceremony of 27 November. You will still be granted citizenship at the rescheduled ceremony as long as you were in permission on 16 October.

If, however, you plan to travel outside Ireland before the rescheduled ceremony you will need to apply for a new registration certificate (GNIB card). The registration certificate will be made valid until 31 December 2017.

There will be no fee charged for this extension.

If you live in Dublin please make an emergency appointment by emailing the Burgh Quay Registration Office at burghquayregoffice@justice.ie.

For all other counties, please contact your local Garda Registration Office.

You must bring your original invitation to the 16 October citizenship ceremony to your appointment.

Re-entry visas

If you are from a visa required country you will need a re-entry visa to return to Ireland if you are travelling before the rescheduled ceremony.

Further details on how to apply for a re-entry visa and the documentation required, can be found on the Re-entry Visas section of the INIS website.

Queries in relation to obtaining a re-entry visa can be forwarded to reentryqueries@justice.ie.

Rescheduling of postponed citizenship ceremonies

17 October 2017

The citizenship ceremonies due to be held on Monday 16 October were postponed due to storm Ophelia.

These ceremonies will be rescheduled for before the New Year and we are now arranging a new date.

We will contact you in the coming weeks and update this website as soon as we have the new details.

Read more about citizenship ceremonies.

Citizenship ceremonies postponed

15 October 2017

Statement by Minister of Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD

'In the interests of safety, I have decided to postpone the citizenship ceremonies scheduled for the Convention Centre Dublin on Monday 16 October.

Following the closure of schools and colleges and cancellation of other events in response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, and Met Éireann's status red wind alert, I feel it would be unfair to ask people to travel in potentially dangerous conditions.

The ceremonies will be rescheduled before the New Year, and while I regret any inconvenience caused to those due to receive their citizenship, safety comes first. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service will be touch with applicants in the coming weeks with regard to a new date.'

Charlie Flanagan TD is Minister for Justice and Equality.

Read the press release.

Citizenship ceremonies on Monday 16 October 2017

10 October 2017

The lists of attendees for the next day of citizenship ceremonies are now ready. The ceremonies will be held on Monday 16 October 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Download the lists of citizenship ceremony attendees

Return of documents for citizenship applications

10 July 2017

Do not submit original documents for proof of residence with your application for citizenship.

If you submit an original document, make a copy of it for your own records first.

Documents that you submit with your application will not be returned to you. We keep them to preserve the integrity of your file.

See a list of documents you can submit with your application

Citizenship ceremony on Monday 16 October 2017

10 July 2017

The next day of citizenship ceremonies will be held on Monday 16 October 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Read more about citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremony on Monday 19 June 2017 in Limerick City

30 May 2017

The next citizenship ceremony will be held on Monday 19 June 2017 at the University Concert Hall Limerick. Over 300 candidates will attend.

Download an attendee list and get directions to the event

Citizenship ceremonies on Friday 21 April 2017 in Dublin City

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.

See all contact details for citizenship

Return of passports after applying for citizenship by naturalisation

5 October 2016

Please allow at least 6 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

UPDATE: As of the 16th of August 2019, it is no longer a requirement for applicants to register with the Dept of Social Protection for a PSC when submitting an application.

 

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: 11 September 2019

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