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Naturalisation Applications

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (519)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

519. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the progress to date in the determination of an application for residency status and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); when the application will be brought to a conclusion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29505/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The person concerned has current permission to remain in the State, on immigration stamp 4 conditions up to 20 September 2021, as a result of the automatic extension of immigration permissions to that date. The extension is on the same basis as their existing permission and the same conditions attach.

I can also advise the Deputy that the person concerned has lodged a formal application for renewal of their permission to remain, which will be processed to completion in due course.

Additionally, an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person concerned on 4 December 2017. This application is currently being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.

The granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. However, the nature of the naturalisation process is such that, for a broad range of reasons, some cases will take longer than others to process. In some instances, completing the necessary checks can take a considerable period of time.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility at: INISOireachtasMail@justice.ie, which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in the cases where the response is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

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