Becoming an Irish Citizen by Naturalisation

Becoming an Irish Citizen by Naturalisation

Irish citizenship is a highly sought-after status, known for its many benefits such as the right to live, work, and vote in Ireland, as well as the ability to travel freely within the European Union. The naturalization process for Irish citizenship can seem daunting, but with the right guidance and preparation, it can be a straightforward and rewarding journey. Keep reading for a detailed look at the steps involved in the naturalization process for the Irish citizenship

To qualify for Irish citizenship you must be;

  • Of age which is 18 years
  • Of good character
  • Have lived in Ireland for a specified period of time
  • genuinely plan to stay in the State after becoming a citizen




You must have had a specified amount of time of lawful residence in Ireland.   Normally, this term lasts for 5 years. A candidate must have lived in Ireland for a total of five years(reckonable residence that is a residence that counts) over the past  nine years before applying, including one year of “continuous residence.” After three years of residency, spouses and civil partners of Irish citizens may seek for naturalization. If you are a young adult and do not have the requisite reckonable dwelling yourself, you may utilize your parent’s reckonable residence. Use this calculator to check if you have enough reckonable residence.




You must submit an application form with supporting documents such as a certificate of good moral character, evidence of residency, and proof of identification. You must pay €175(non-refundable) to apply. You won’t get your application materials back after you submit them. It is often maintained to protect the validity of your file. Make a copy of the original document before submitting it, just for your own records.




To understand and be understood in typical circumstances, you must be able to communicate in English at a suitable level.




You’ll need to pass tests on both the Irish language and Irish history and culture (if you do not already have a sufficient level of Irish).




Currently, it takes around 19 months to process a simple application from the time it is received until a decision is made. Timelines, however, might change based on the situation. After your application has been accepted, you will need to swear allegiance to the Irish nation and its citizens, as well as renounce any other citizenship you may have.




After taking the oath of loyalty, you will get Irish citizenship and be invited to a ceremony of naturalization. At the ceremony, you will get your Certificate of Naturalization. In order to finish your citizenship application and get ready for the ceremony, you must send a few last-minute documents, such as your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card and passport-sized pictures for your Certificate of Naturalization, as specified in your acceptance letter. And payment of the certification cost differs depending on whether the Applicant is an Adult(€950), Minor(€200), Minor or Widow of an Irish citizen(€200).




You may apply for an Irish passport following the naturalisation ceremony.

It is crucial to keep in mind that the procedure could change somewhat based on your unique situation and that the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) maintains the right to need more information or paperwork.

It is important to understand the requirements and application process for becoming an Irish citizen. However, the process can be complex and confusing, and it is crucial to have the right guidance and support to ensure your application’s success.

If you are considering applying for Irish citizenship and would like additional details or support from immigration agents or consultants, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We have the expertise and experience to guide you through the process, and to ensure that your application is completed as efficiently and successfully as possible. Contact us today!

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