Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (774)

Phil Hogan


896 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a reply will be issued to an applicant (details supplied) for naturalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1718/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

An application for naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the citizenship section of my Department on 11 July 2003. An initial examination disclosed that the application was not fully completed and consequently it was returned to the applicant. A correctly completed application was received on 23 September 2003.

The average processing time for applications for naturalisation is approximately 15 to 18 months at this point in time. Consequently, it is likely that the application of the person concerned will be finalised in the early part of 2005. As soon as I have reached a decision on the matter I will inform both the applicant and the Deputy of the outcome.