Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (574)

Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

574. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications for naturalisation received by month in 2018 and to date in 2019. [35061/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. All applications for a certificate of naturalisation are processed and assessed individually in accordance with the provisions of the Act.   

The INIS Service Improvement Plan 2018-2020 commits the Immigration Service of my Department to significant investment in technological developments including the roll-out of online forms and payments for citizenship applications.  Such developments are expected to deliver significant improvements to customer experiences and processing timescales. 

I am advised that the number of applications for naturalisation received by month in 2018 and to date in 2019 is as follows:

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2018

990

1062

943

999

1248

1094

988

973

1099

1206

1208

1048

2019

1124

1335

1312

1026

996

862

927

669

-

-

-

-

The Immigration Service devotes considerable resources to the processing of these applications. It also operates a dedicated phone helpline and email helpdesk available for all applicants interested in the progress of their application, details of which are available on their website at www.inis.gov.ie