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New measures announced to reform citizenship application processing regime

Date Published: 17-06-2011

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. announced details of measures aimed at more efficient and streamlined processing of naturalisation applications. Under the new system applications will be processed within 6 months.

Steps to improve the application process include:

  • A revised and improved application form will be introduced to reduce the currently high number of applications returned to applicants unprocessed
  • More efficient procedures for certain categories of applicants such as spouses of Irish citizens and applicants recently granted long-term residency
  • Plans to recruit interns under the new Internship Programme announced in the Government’s Jobs Initiative to assist with naturalisation applications
  • A pilot Citizenship Ceremony to impart a sense of occasion and recognition of the important event it is to become an Irish citizen
For more information:

See Department of Justice and Equality press release

More information on new application form is available from the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service, Department of Justice and Equality

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