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Dear members on this forum,MrsJP wrote: ↑Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:37 pmHi all,
Looking for some advice, please help.
I made my application for Irish citizenship by naturalisation in June 2018. I got my passport back in July 2018 along with application reference number and a letter saying that my application is not yet fully examined. Letter did not mention anything about moving to second stage. i’ve called citizenship dept multiple times to enquire the status, but they keep saying their usual response ‘application under processing’. I believe my application still is in initial stage of processing.
Now my query is , due to unavoidable personal circumstances I have to travel out of Ireland for a longer period for more than 6 weeks. Do I need to notify the dept.to hold my application during my absence. Is this OK? Will it affect my application in any way. Please let me know what is the best way to deal with my situation.
Thanks and regards.
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And on your other question...Jordans wrote: ↑Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:01 pmYour residence is counted back from the date of application so the absences after the application has been posted won't be considered. In case your application is refused and you have to reapply, you will have to take into account this new period of absence. Hopefully, that is not your case! All I would do before the departure is ensure someone receives post regularly on your behalf in case you get a letter with a request for more documentation -- they give you 28 days to post the required documents back.
Your application can be refused at any time up to the point it is granted (and beyond that there a process to revoke citizenship in certain cases). Absence from the state after the date of your application does not change your reckonable residency calculation. It is possible that if INIS finds out that you have left the state for an extended period of time after making the application they might take it into consideration in deciding whether to grant citizenship or not. I can't see any clear guidelines or rules on this.
Check the letters you have received for guidance. I think the instructions on the first letter ask you to notify them of change in circumstances (address, employment, marriage, etc). You can judge if your time away amounts to a change in circumstances, or just a long holiday.