SMD Solicitors can offer you expert legal advice on naturalisation and applying for Irish Citizenship.
There are a number of circumstances where a person can apply for Irish citizenship:
If you have had a valid stamp 1, 3 or 4 in your passport for at least 60 months out of the last nine years you may be entitled to Irish Citizenship. You may also apply if you have been married to an Irish Citizen and had stamp 1,3 or 4 in your passport for at least three years.
if you have an Irish grandparent born on the island of Ireland or a grandparent not born in Ireland but whose birth was registered on the register of foreign births before your parent’s birth you may be able to apply for citizenship by decent.
You may be able to apply for citizenship based on Irish association if you have an Irish relative and an affinity to Ireland.
Applications for Irish citizenship are made to the Department of Justice and Equality by completing and submitting the most recent application form with supporting documentation.
We can assess your application and ensure it is properly completed and that the appropriate documentation is submitted to ensure quick processing. We can also arrange to have a solicitor swear the necessary declarations and certify all copy documents.
We can also prepare documentation for you if you prefer and deal with any queries which may arise during the application process.
The Minister has discretion whether to grant citizenship or not but he must act fairly in making that decision.
Criminal convictions of even the most minor type of road traffic offence and the smallest social welfare claims have in the past been used as grounds to refuse citizenship. It is possible to challenge refusals in some circumstances.
Sometimes the passport does not record all time spent in Ireland when the applicant should have had a stamp endorsed in their passport. Where the passport does not have the appropriate stamps or the passport is not available, we can make submissions based on entitlement to be in the state.
Contact us today for a consultation regarding your application for Irish citizenship.