The Department of Justice in Ireland has announced significant changes to the citizenship application process, which include new passport requirements and a scorecard approach. Under the new rules, new citizenship applicants are no longer required to submit their original passport with their initial application. Instead, a full-color copy of the entire passport, including all previous passports containing relevant residency stamps, must be submitted and certified by a solicitor, commissioner for oaths, or notary public.
In terms of the scorecard approach, applicants will need to reach a score of 150 points for each year of residency claimed by submitting proofs with a predetermined point value. The same point system applies to establishing the applicant’s identity, and a total of 150 points must be accumulated. If an applicant is unable to achieve 150 points, they can contact the Department of Justice for assistance.
Overall, these changes are expected to simplify and streamline the citizenship application process in Ireland, making it easier for eligible applicants to apply for citizenship.