If you're a foreign national residing in Ireland, you have the opportunity to apply for Irish citizenship through the naturalization process, as long as you meet the specific requirements outlined in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts from 1956 to 2004. Additionally, foreign national spouses and civil partners of Irish citizens are also eligible to pursue Irish citizenship through naturalization.
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An Overview of the Naturalisation Process
Naturalization encompasses both the deliberate choice of a foreign national to become a citizen of another country and the legal procedure established by a sovereign state to grant citizenship to foreign nationals.
In the context of Irish citizenship, the process of naturalization is a legally defined pathway, governed by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts from 1956 to 2004, through which foreign nationals can acquire Irish citizenship. In practice, a significant majority of foreign nationals seeking Irish citizenship opt for the naturalization route.
If you are a foreign national residing lawfully in any of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland, often referred to as the 'State,' for a continuous period of five years or more, you have the opportunity to seek Irish citizenship through the formal process of naturalization.
Alternatively, if you are a foreign national who is legally married to or in a civil partnership with an Irish citizen and have been living legally on the island of Ireland for three years, you are also eligible to apply for Irish citizenship through naturalization.
It's important to note that in both scenarios, there are additional requirements that must be met before you can submit an application to become an Irish citizen through the naturalization process.
The Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) handles the assessment of applications for Irish citizenship by naturalization on behalf of the Minister for Justice. Ultimately, the Minister holds the final authority to determine whether an applicant will be granted Irish citizenship.