How to Apply for Irish Citizenship or Naturalisation
The first step in applying for Irish citizenship or naturalisation is to fill in the relevant application form. Bank drafts are the only acceptable method of payment – postal orders are no longer accepted. As part of your application, you will need to provide the following important information:
- Any current and expired passports valid during the period of residence in Ireland along with a certified copy of the biometric page of your current passport
- Copies of your p60s for each year of residence in Ireland to provide evidence of employment
- Three forms of proof of address for each year of residence in Ireland, for example:
- A mortgage/rent agreement
- Any household bills (e.g. gas, electricity, phone or TV)
- Bank statements
- Revenue letters
- Social welfare
- Letters from employment
If you are making an application for a child, a copy of their passport and birth certificate must be submitted with the application. Letters from schools and their doctor are also required to confirm the child’s residence in Ireland.
You should also make sure to maintain your Irish Resident Permit (IRP) by renewing it on time. Any delays may create gaps in your residence permission history, meaning it may not be seen as continuous and your application for citizenship or naturalisation may be turned down.
What Happens When an Application for Irish Citizenship is Approved?
When an application for Irish citizenship is approved, the Citizenship Division will write to the applicant to notify them that the Minister for Justice has deemed them as a suitable applicant to be granted citizenship or naturalisation. You will then be required to submit two passport photographs, a bank draft to the sum of €950 and your original IRP.
Applicants who have been granted refugee status will be asked to submit their original travel document in addition to the above.
The letter following application approval will also ask you to confirm the following details to ensure that the correct details are recorded on your certificate:
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
Once you have submitted the required documents, you will be invited by post to attend a citizenship ceremony. Here, you will swear an oath of fidelity to the state and receive your certificate. From the date of the citizenship ceremony, you will be an Irish citizen.
After receiving citizenship, we would recommend you apply for your Irish passport as soon as possible, particularly if you are planning on travelling. First-time applicants must submit a paper-based application to the Passport Office using an APS 1E form – these are available at any An Post post office, garda station or the Passport Offices in Cork and Dublin.