Citizenship applicants to sign affidavit of loyalty under temporary COVID-19 measures

22 Oct 2020

Citizenship ceremonies will be temporarily replaced during the COVID-19 pandemic with a requirement for citizenship applicants to instead sign an affidavit declaring loyalty to the State, the Government has announced.

Following the return of a fully completed declaration, applicants will receive a certificate of naturalisation from the Department of Justice.

In line with the move towards providing an online citizenship application process by mid-2021, eTax-clearance and eVetting for citizenship applicants will also be introduced.

These changes will come into effect after the Minister of Justice signs a statutory instrument to the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956.

The Department noted that there are currently in excess of 21,000 citizenship applications on hand and waiting until large in-person citizenship ceremonies could take place again is not an option.

Media release: ‘Citizenship applicants to sign affidavit of loyalty under temporary COVID-19 measures announced by Minister McEntee’

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