Beginning on the 1st of January 2022 persons seeking citizenship will Not be required to submit their original passport with the application.
Alternatively, they can provide a colour copy of their passport, which will include the front and the back covers. This must be witnessed by a solicitor and included with the application form. All of the passport should be copied and furnished with your application for naturalisation.
Identify & Residency
Persons who hold an Irish Residence Permit card which was in date as of March 2020, now have the permit card validity extended to the 15th of January 2022. Therefore, the Non-EEA European Economic Area national leaving and returning to Ireland before the 15th of January 2022 can avail of the expired card unil that date.
You will need the Travel Confirmation Notice.
If you return to Ireland after the 15th of January 20022 next, it would be necessary to apply for residence renewal before your travel date. If you wish to obtain an urgent appointment with the Dublin immigration office, you should provide to them your flight ticket to see if an appointment can be arranged.
The Department will be moving to a ‘scorecard approach’ with respect to proving residency and identity.
For doctors working in the HSE or in voluntary hospitals, their employment history summary can be accepted as proof of residence.
Visa re-entry requirements for children under the age 16 are also suspended until the 15th of January 2022.
Short Stay Visa Programme Resumed
As of the 31st of October 2021 the Short Stay Visa Waiver programmed recommenced.
The short stay visa waiver programme allows certain nationals who have obtained a UK short stay visa, to travel to Ireland without the need for an Irish Visa.
This programme was suspended due to covid 19.
Irish Afghanistan Admission Programme
On the 28th of September 2021 the government announced the Afghan Admission Programme.
An Afghan person living in Ireland before September 2021 can nominate 4 close family members living in Afghanistan or who have fled to another country, to obtain residence permission in Ireland.
This would allow the persons access to the labour market without having to obtain an employment permit.
Applicants will have to meet the family members eligibility criteria.
The Minister announced applications are opening in December 2021.
There will be an appeals process for unsuccessful applicants.
The Minister has announced on the 16th of June 2021 the temporary entry and transit visa restrictions for nationals of certain South American countries and South Africa would be lifted.
Therefore persons travelling to Ireland from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Guyana, Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay would not need to apply for a transit visa.
You can check if you need pre-clearance here
Draft Scheme – Undocumented Non-EEA European Economic Area Nationals
A new scheme is expected to start before the end of 2021 which would allow people with no immigration status to seek legal residence.
Persons who are undocumented migrants living in the state for 4 years or 3 years if they have children will be able to apply to have their status in the state regularised.
Such persons who are successful will obtain permission to work and live in Ireland.