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Naturalisation as an Irish Citizen:
A non-Irish national can apply to become an Irish citizen through naturalisation based on their residence in the State. The applicant must have a period of 1 years continuous residence immediately before the date of the application and in the previous 8 years, have a total residence amounting to 4 years.
Spouse of Irish Citizen:
The spouse/partner of an Irish Citizen must be married to or in a recognised civil partnership with the Irish citizen for at least 3 years. The applicant must have a period of 1 years continuous residence in the island of Ireland immediately before the date of application, and during the 4 years previous, have a total residence in the island of Ireland amounting to 2 years.
Time spent in the State will be considered as residence for naturalisation purposes.
There are separate rules for unmarried partners. If you are considering making an application to naturalise as a Irish Citizen, contact one of our experienced Practitioners to receive a full comprehensive assessment.
Irish citizenship through birth or descent is a complex area, to ensure you meet the requirements contact us now.
Naturalisation as a British Citizen:
The rules surrounding an application for Naturalisation as a British Citizen are that the applicant must have completed 5 years residency in the UK and held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for 1 year. So in practice this means the applicant must have resided in the UK for a total of 6 years.
Spouse of British Citizen:
A person married to a British Citizen can apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen as soon as they have completed 3 years residence in the UK and held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK; there is no need to wait the 1 year following the grant of indefinite leave to remain. This rule only applies to those that were issued a spouse/partner visa before July 2012, applicants who were issued their spouse/partner visa after this date must wait until they have completed 5 years residency in the UK.
In all case the applicant must not have any unspent criminal convictions and must have passed the Life in the UK Test.
EU citizens can naturalise as a British Citizen once they completed 5 years of residency and held Permanent Residence for 1 year.
Registration as a British Citizen:
Registration is where the applicant qualifies as a British citizen for reasons other than that of residency. Such as being born abroad and having a parent or Grandparent that is British.
There are several routes to Naturalisation as a British Citizen and Registration as a British Citizen; to ensure you meet the rules contact one of our experienced Practitioners to receive a full comprehensive assessment.
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