14 August 2023
Ireland’s Department of Justice has implemented a number of key changes to immigration processes in Ireland.1 Among the changes are residency rules for citizenship applications and clarity on periods spent outside of Ireland in the lead up to a citizenship application. The changes took effect 31 July 2023.
The changes expanding the number of days applicants can be absent in the year before applying for citizenship will allow more flexibility. The use of digital services will provide faster and more efficient delivery of immigration decisions.
Effective 31 July 2023 the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 implements a wide range of legislative amendments to include:
Many applicants will welcome these changes, particularly those regarding the clarity on periods spent outside of Ireland in the year preceding the making of a citizenship application.
If employers or individuals have questions regarding citizenship and naturalisation in Ireland they should consult with their qualified immigration counsel or they can contact a member of the Immigration and Employment Law team with KPMG Law in Ireland (see the below Contact Us section).
1 Department of Justice press release, Minister McEntee commences majority of wide-ranging Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 (1 August 2023).
If you have questions regarding Irish citizenship, please contact a member of the Immigration and Employment Law team below. We'd be delighted to hear from you.