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Ireland [22 January 2021] - New Temporary Process for granting citizenship due to impacts of Covid-19

IMPACT – MEDIUM

Key Points:

  • Implementation time frame: From 18 January 2021, a signed statutory declaration witnessed by a designated official can be exchanged for a certificate of naturalisation.
  • Who is affected: Concerns all applicants with applications currently processing.
  • Next Steps: In-person ceremonies will not be possible during COVID-19 restrictions. Online payments have been introduced for citizenship applicants as part of Minister McEntee’s digital reform agenda to modernise the Justice Sector.

Next steps:

  • Qualifying applicants will be sent a statutory declaration over email to enable them to complete the document. They will then bring the document to a listed designated official whom can witness the applicant signing the document.
  • Once the Citizenship Division has received the signed and witnessed declaration, the appropriate fee and all other requested documentation, final processing may take place.
  • The application will receive the signed certificate of naturalisation, which will negate the need for the ceremony.

Analysis & Comments:

Deloitte welcomes this change to allow the facilitation of pending naturalisation applications, as well as the technological improvements to the existing process for application payments.

If you have employees or potential new hires who may be impacted by the above changes, please contact the Deloitte immigration team to assist.

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