The Department of Justice have recently made a number of changes to the documentary requirements for naturalisation applications.
On 21st April 2023, a new notice was published on the Minister’s website confirming that all new applicants for naturalisation are only required to provide a certified colour copy of the biometric page of their current passport. The colour copy of the biometric page can be certified by a Solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths, Peace Commissioner or Notary Public.
This replaces the old system introduced in January 2022 which required applicants to provide a full certified copy of their current passport and any previous passports valid during the period of reckonable residency claimed.
The full notice is available here: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/further-guidance-on-new-passport-process-when-submitting-an-application-for-naturalisation/
The Department also introduced a new Citizenship Guidance Document on 24th May 2023, outlining a number of changes to the scorecard system for proofs of identity and residence.
The Document outlines a new two-part system in which applicants exhibit their residency in Ireland for the periods of reckonable residency claimed.
For each of these years, applicants must provide one Type A document, worth 100 points, and one Type B document, worth 50 points.
Applicants are required to attain 150 points for proofs of identity and proofs of residence.
However, if applicants are unable to meet the 150-point threshold for any of the years, applicants can prepare a ‘residential proof affidavit’ to address the shortfall.
The Citizenship Guidance Document can be accessed here: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Citizenship-Guidance-Document.pdf
Berkeley Solicitors is highly specialised in citizenship applications. Please do contact us if you need advice or assistance in this regard.