How to Become Irish – Latest Citizenship Update

The Department of Justice in Ireland has recently announced some major changes to the citizenship application process, which includes new passport requirements and a scorecard approach.

Under the new passport requirements, new citizenship applicants are no longer required to submit their original passport with their initial application. Instead, they can provide a full-color copy of their passport, including all previous passports with relevant stamps. However, this copy must be certified by a solicitor, commissioner for oaths, or notary public. The certification process involves checking and comparing the front and back of the actual passport, as well as the corresponding pages of the color copy, and stamping and initialing all pages of the copy.

In addition, a scorecard approach will be introduced to determine the number of proofs required to establish an applicant’s identity and residency as part of the citizenship application process. To meet the appropriate standard, applicants must accumulate a total of 150 points for establishing identity and a score of 150 points for each year of residency claimed. Proofs will be assigned predetermined point values until the required score is reached. If an applicant cannot achieve the required score, they should contact the Department of Justice for further assistance.