Irish Passport, Citizenship & Naturalisation
Irish citizenship presents an opportunity for individuals who wish to live in Ireland, not to mention the chance for them to travel and work freely throughout the 27 European Union countries. To apply for citizenship, however, you will have to meet the following requirements:
- You need to be over 18 years of age (or married if you are below 18). This requirement exempts minors born after the 1st of January 2005 in the Republic of Ireland.
- No criminal records, as any records or ongoing processes will be considered during the application process.
- You have been living in Ireland one year prior to the date of application, and must have lived in the country for at least four years in the last eight. So, in total, you must have a reckonable residence of up to five years in Ireland for you to be eligible to apply for citizenship.
- You intend to continue living in the country after naturalisation.
- You will be required to make a declaration of fidelity to the nation and a declaration of loyalty to the state while observing all the state laws and also respecting its democratic values.
You are also eligible for Irish citizenship if:
- You were born in Ireland
- You have been a resident in the public service abroad
- You are of Irish descent
- You are a naturalised parent who is applying on behalf of a child.
- You are the civil partner or spouse of an Irish citizen or a naturalised individual
- You are recognised as a stateless person or a refugee.
How to apply for Irish citizenship
Of course, the very first step is to ensure that you have met all the requirements listed above. If all is well, you can now fill the relevant application form. As part of your application, you will be required to have the following documents:
- Any passports – current or expired – valid during the residency period in Ireland along with a certified copy of your current passport’s biometric page.
- Copies of your p60s for each year that act as proof of employment in Ireland.
- Documents that acts as proof of address for each year of residence in Ireland such as;
- Banks statements
- Revenue letters
- Household bills
- A mortgage or rent agreement
- Social welfare
- Employment letters
If applying for a child, you need to bring a copy of their birth certificate and passport and submit them with the application. You might also need to bring letters from school and their doctors as proof of residence in Ireland. While in the country, you need to ensure that you renew your Irish Resident Permit (IRP) on time. Otherwise, delaying might create gaps in residence permission history, which might create problems when it’s time for you to apply for citizenship.
Now, once your application for Irish citizenship is approved, the Citizenship Division will then notify you, in writing, that the Justice Minister has deemed you suitable to receive citizenship in Ireland. You will then be needed to submit a 950 euros bank draft, two passport photos as well as your original IRP. As for applicants granted refugee status, they will be required to submit their travel documents along with the documents stated above. After that, you will be asked to confirm your personal details, including your name, date of birth, country of birth, and nationality.
After verifying this information, and have submitted all the required documents, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony, where you will swear the fidelity oath to the state and thereafter receive your certificate. You become an Irish citizen effective from this date, and you are supposed to apply for your Irish passport as soon as you can. If you are a first-time applicant, you will submit a paper-based application using an APS 1E form to the Passport Office.