Update on Submitting Citizenship Applications to the Department of Justice
Since the Immigration Service Delivery released their last FAQ document regarding the Impact of Covid-19 on Immigration and International Protection dated 28 May 2020, there has been a lot of confusion in terms of citizenship applications and whether or not individuals should proceed to submit their applications for Irish citizenship.
The update states as follows:
“you should strongly consider delaying submitting any new application until Phase 5 of the Government’s Roadmap for reopening society and business”.
Whilst we point out that Phase 5 of the Government Roadmap has since been abolished and is no longer relevant we would further submit that the update advises people to strongly consider delaying submitting their application only. It does not state that individuals cannot submit their applications for Irish citizenship or that applications submitted will be returned, and it is important for applicants who are ready to apply to be aware of this.
At Sinnott Solicitors we have continued to submit applications for Irish citizenship throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and we would encourage any applicants who are ready to submit their application to proceed to do so as soon as possible. There is absolutely no reason why applications for Irish citizenship cannot be submitted at this time.
If you require assistance with your application or would simply like a solicitor to witness your application form and certify any necessary documentation, the immigration team are available for appointments Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm. Call us today on 014062862 to arrange an appointment or book online at sinnott.ie/immigration-appointment-booking/