Dáil Éireann - Volume 682 - 12 May, 2009
Written Answers. - Citizenship Applications.
Deputy Tom Hayes Deputy Tom Hayes
Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a decision will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who has applied for naturalisation. [18518/09]
Deputy Dermot Ahern Deputy Dermot Ahern
Deputy Dermot Ahern:An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in January 2009.
The average processing time from application to decision is now at 23 months. The Citizenship Division is currently commencing further processing of applications received in late 2007. More complicated cases can at times take more than the current average while an element of straight forward cases are now being dealt with in less than that time scale.
There is a limit to the reduction in the processing time that can be achieved as applications for naturalisation must be processed in a way which preserves the necessary checks and balances to ensure that the status of citizenship is not undervalued and is only given to persons who genuinely satisfy the necessary qualifying criteria.
Dáil Éireann 682 Written Answers. Citizenship Applications.