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Minister McEntee to make it easier for children to secure Irish citizenship

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What is the change?

The Minister for Justice has announced that it will become easier for children born in Ireland to gain Irish citizenship themselves. This refers to children whose parents are not Irish citizens and who are not entitled to citizenship at birth. It will only apply to the children of those parents who are legally resident in the State.

Key points

The Minister plans to reduce the amount of time such children have to be resident in the State to become Irish citizens from five years to three years. The number of years a minor must be resident in Ireland will now be two years out of the previous eight, in addition to the requirement to have one year’s continuous residence immediately prior to their citizenship application.

Implementation time frame: To be confirmed. These changes will be contained in the upcoming Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021, and the General Scheme for this Bill is expected to be submitted to Government in the coming weeks.

Who is affected: Children born in Ireland, whose parents are not Irish citizens and who are not entitled to citizenship at birth. It will only apply to the children of those parents who are legally resident in the State.

Analysis & Comments

Deloitte welcomes this change as the new policy will see a reduced waiting time to for eligible children who wish to apply for Irish citizenship. Previously a child would not be eligible until at least the age of 5. Once this change is implemented, a child may be eligible from the age of 3.

Deloitte are delighted to offer assistance with Irish naturalization applications for personal and/or full family applications. Should you require assistance, or have any queries on the above policy update, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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