New changes in Citizenship Applications

New changes brought by the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023

Minister McEntee commences majority of wide-ranging Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 on 1 August 2023.

The Act contains amendments to matters including Irish nationality and citizenship, court offices, bankruptcy, international protection, data protection, immigration and legal services.

The main changes to immigration law are as follows:-

  • The residency requirement for children born in Ireland, who are of a different nationality, to apply for citizenship has now been reduced from five years to three years.
  • All minor applicants over the age of 14 will be required to under a “good character” assessement.
  • The ‘6-weeks rule of absence’ has been increased to up to 70 days absence in the continuous year preceding the application with an additional 30 days may be allowed if absences were necessary due to exceptional circrumstances.
  • Department of Justice is now permitted to serve documents electronically.


Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, it has been provided for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

This article contains general information based on Irish law and does not constitute legal advice nor is it intended to provide a comprehensive or detailed statement of the law.

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