Nasc comments on new citizenship application

Mon, September 5, 2016

LOGO_PNGThe INIS have published a new Citizenship Application Form (Form 8). We have produced an information note about the most significant changes on the form.

Nasc has some concerns about the new application, including the more onerous documentary requirements, especially in relation to refugees, and we are following these up with INIS.
We are also concerned at the lack of guidelines outlining the criteria for refusals.

Nasc Legal Services Manager Fiona Hurley states:

“While we welcome the aspects to the new form that comply with recent case law on detailing the reasons for refusals, we are disappointed that the INIS did not take this opportunity to produce guidelines detailing the criteria they use when refusing an application.”

“Clarification of the criteria used to refuse an application is urgently needed. For instance, if a previous criminal conviction will impact a person’s application, it should be made clear to potential applicants how it will impact – that is, how many years they must wait after the conviction or whether they are even eligible at all.”

“Nasc have long called for publication of the criteria used by decision makers in the Citizenship Unit, detailing the situations where applications may be refused. Since there is no appeal of a refusal, it is quite costly for people to re-apply for citizenship when they do not know the criteria for the original refusal,” continues Ms. Hurley.

Finally, we are concerned with the high fees for citizenship – €175 for an application and €950 for the certificate for each individual. The fees are out of line with the majority of EU countries, and can be particularly prohibitive for families looking to naturalise as a family unit.

Participate! Political Participation Project

Nasc is currently running a political participation campaign with our partners The Immigrant Council of Ireland, which is funded jointly by the European Union and by the Open Society Foundation. The project is designed to promote greater civic and political involvement in Irish society by EU and non-EU migrants, which includes naturalising, as well as voter registration, volunteering, and other forms of community engagement. Our first ‘One Stop Shop’ event for the project was held in July, with more to come in Autumn 2016.