I was born in England and am a British citizen, living in Ireland since 2007, and enjoying the benefits of EU citizenship to live and work anywhere in Europe.
I am also married to an Irish woman and own a home in Dublin, so my current and future life is in Ireland. And while I don’t imagine that Brexit will affect my ability to stay here, I would like to formalise my relationship with the country I call home by becoming one of its citizens.
Although I qualify to apply in my own right based on the length of my residence (I’ve lived here over 11 years), my application (self completed) was on the basis of being married to an Irish citizen.
|Thu 15-Mar-2018||Application sent|
|Tue 20-Mar-2018||Application received by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) according to An Post tracking|
|Thu 29-Mar-2018||Passport returned along with an acknowledgement – dated 27th Mar 2018 – that they had received my application, and an acknowledgement of receipt for my application fee, and that an application number will be issued in due course|
|Fri 1-Jun-2018||Letter received with formal receipt of payment and with an application reference number|
Here’s a dynamic counter to indicate the amount of time that I’ve been waiting, from my application being received at INIS up until now:
- The naturalisation process is quite expensive. It cost €175 to submit an application, and then a further €950 certification fee for an adult, a total of €1,125 – and that doesn’t include the cost of an Irish passport.
- You also need to factor in the cost of passport photos, postage, and the cost of using a solicitor or notary public to certify copies of documents.
- My passport was returned a lot quicker than expected. The INIS website says “Your passport will be returned to you when initial processing is complete, about 6 weeks after you submit your application”. On that basis I had postponed some potential travel plans thinking I wouldn’t get my passport back until early May 2018. However I received it back a lot quicker than that – only 2 weeks after sending it off.