I'm currently unemployed and want to apply for an Irish citizenship, I know the dole is a massive No No when it comes to that but I didn't take a penny from gov for 2 and half years as I'm living now with my Polish partner and minding our 7 months daughter at the moment so she is looking after the family financially.
I have worked form more than 3 three years here but unfortunately I couldn't find a job at the moment, I have been living in Ireland for more than 5 Years and had continiously resided here for the last year.
P.S the INIS still have my old passport since I applied for visa renewal in April 2010 and never gave back to me.
Thanks in advance folks and I hope to get some answers soon :-)
Your passport needs to show 60 months of Residency stamps in the last 8 years, including at least twelve months prior ot the application.
If the INIS still have your current passport since 2010, do you have a current residency stamp? Either way, it is worth using the services of a solicitor to make the application or sort out your current residency.
I suppose you have already looked up citizeninformation page on this? Otherwise it has some good info.
Thanks kindly for your reply,
Yes I have got a current residency stamp for three years until the 16 Aug 2014, I contacted my solicitor who was in charge of my Immigration and got my residency back because I had a problem with renewing it when I applied on 2010, I call him every week for the last 9 months but he seems not able to get my old passport back from INIS, maybe he wants more money after 1200 Euro that I paid, I'm not too sure!
Thanks a lot biko,
Yeah I had a look at that link before but my case is a bit of messed up one coz I am unemployed at the moment and took social welfare (dole) 2 and a half years ago.
Can you become an Irish citizen if you only worked here for three years and were in receipt of social welfare benefits for the rest?
Madness, if you can.
Receipt of SW ever seems to disqualify.
Can you prove this? I've heard of many people obtaining citizenship whilst on welfare, but I always thought they slipped the net or were given a green light due to good work in the community or some such.
People on welfare, longterm, should be automatically disqualified from obtaining citizenship. We have enough people on welfare, thank you very much, Minister Shatter.
Slipped through I would say. Maybe INIS were not checking properly.
I was talking to a solicitor that specialises in such matters and he advised me that there is absolutely no point in applying if you had ever taken SW during your time in Ireland.
I would say every application I saw with social welfare was refused. Not sure what the current ministers would do as I have not seen any refusals on that basis, since he took office, that of course could be because people in that situation are not applying or have avoided claiming SW as they knew it could be an issue.
The last minister would refuse for I kid you not a high paid professional with one conviction, not producing on demand a driving licence. I have seen minor RTA offences now getting approved.
That is equally as ridiculous as some lad who is on welfare whom has been bestowed Irish citizenship. The whole process needs to be more transparent. They also need to include a basic Irish History exam(ala America) and make sure that applicants are competent in one of the two languages of the state.
Also, according to recent Metro Eireann articles, some applicants have used it as a stepping stone into EU member states, Canada, Australia and America.
This is not right either.
Dear Mr IrishAm, I'm trying to look for advice from helpful people. so please do so if you can or just leave a blank or don't comment at all.
You didn't even get the whole story right, You got it all wrong I'm afraid as far as the period of receipt of SW and my work history
I saw you taking my story as an example of mockery to make your comment look cool!!in my eyes you are very negative person and just hate everybody around you.
Thank you for reading
So people who work in Ireland are paying PRSI for what purpose exactly?
Which version of Irish History do you propose?
Ah, that bastion of accurate journalism.
Stepping stone? If you are naturalised citizen should you be imprisoned in Ireland? Technically in 2 years i could have 3 passports, something wrong with that?
A basic examination. One were one sentence answers suffices . Example: When was the First Dail declared? What are the two official languages of the state? Who was the first female president? Where is the All Ireland Football and Hurling Finals held each year? What month?
They were speaking upon naturalised citizens behalf. Warning those that were unaware of the rules i.e if you leave the state for a significant amount of time without informing the Department of Foreign affairs, you may well lose your citizenship
Are you collecting them?
Is it history or a pub quiz team you are after?
Got a link for those articles?
Does that concern you? If I fulfill my duties as a citizen what's the harm?