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Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

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Vorona
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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by Vorona » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:30 pm

sugeie wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:16 pm
Great news!! congrats and all but i wont hold me breath just yet. I believe Applications based on Irish Marriage take priority. This might just be another Vorona! :)
I'm actually married to Irish citizen, but my application was a standard one based on residence.
Can't be 100% sure, but I think my marriage played the role.

Schnaz
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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by Schnaz » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:48 pm

This site made me feel more at ease, so tonight, instead of just looking at comments, I thought as an Irish citizen, I would help with some insight. My Venezuelan husband didn't know this page existed and myself got more information here than anywhere else over the past few months. I do hope there is positive news coming in the post shortly for you all, because it feels like informing each other, it is the only way we know thats going on.

bettynricki
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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by bettynricki » Sat May 01, 2021 4:49 pm

I applied in January 2020 married to an Irish national and still haven’t received approval. So not sure being married to an Irish national makes us in the priority list.

sugeie
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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by sugeie » Mon May 10, 2021 4:13 pm

so i guess its safe to say the guys from last week were an abnormally. haven't heard any more from 2020 getting approved.

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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by Vorona » Mon May 10, 2021 4:24 pm

It's hard to say since very few of the actual applicants are registered on the forum to create a clear picture. The title of the thread is also suggesting that it's for people whose applications were approved and not the decision being made in general. It's pity that we don't have a reliable and categorised official data.

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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by hako » Mon May 10, 2021 5:09 pm

My wife applied on March 2020 and we haven't heard anything since then. I mean no second stage letter. She is an EU citizen and a frontline healthcare worker. So I believe there is no priority for anyone. Just have to be lucky and a straight forward case will increase the chances.

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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by polarcub » Tue May 11, 2021 8:34 am

The department is prioritizing applicants who are at their 2+ year mark. When applications reach 2 years, you can take the department to court (which is called a Judicial Review). this is very costly for the department when they lose, so they'll want to clear this backlog. i believe their target to clear this 2year waiting backlog is by end of June.

Not everyone gets a second letter it seems. Sometimes the "second letter" goes out with the initial acknowledgment letter. You can get an FOI to see what's been done to the application - this is free and easy to do online. You can also get a lawyer to inquire, but I doubt they'll get a solid response.

Being married to an Irish citizen does not speed up the process at all. Anecdotally, it seems to process at a slower rate based on what's shared on these forums - i suspect it's because in the past there were a lot of fraud cases associated with this type of application.

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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by Vorona » Tue May 11, 2021 2:38 pm

Spouses of Irish citizens are always considered a priority by being able to apply for citizenship after only three years of marriage, unlike standard applications which are based on residence. It's is understandable that there's an element of jealousy about this from other categories of applicants. Similar speculations regularly circulated on this forum that people from certain countries or of certain ethnic origin or background being discriminated against, but the official statistics of naturalised citizens from recent years shows otherwise.

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Re: Citizenship Applications From 2020 Pending Approval

Post by Vorona » Tue May 11, 2021 2:52 pm

Speaking of healthcare workers, it has been confirmed by the Department several times that they are not able to prioritise applications from people employed in healthcare sector or any other area because there is no legislation or system to allow them to do that.

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