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SeanDub
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by SeanDub » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:59 pm

Hi Guys, Anyone got a letter today?

Shelter
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Shelter » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:02 pm

So last month my application was in advanced stage .. and today I got this reply ... :( :( :( :(

Thank you for your email. I am directed by the Minister for Justice and
Equality to refer to your correspondence received in this Office.

Your application for naturalisation is currently being processed with a
view to establishing whether you meet the statutory conditions for the
granting of naturalisation and will be submitted to the Minister for
decision when processing is complete.

The Division, like everyone in the State, has been impacted by the
restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. The restrictions
imposed have resulted in all Citizenship staff working remotely with
minimal access to the Office. Obviously these restrictions are outside of
the control of the division and have resulted in significant delays in
dealing with correspondence received in the Office and have had a negative
impact on processing times for all applications as the Division adjusts to
working in the current environment. The processing of the applications is
further impacted by the ability of Citizenship to contact other bodies,
many of whom will be negatively impacted by COVID-19.

I can confirm that the Division has engaged in concentrated effort to
process and complete all cases that remain outstanding for a considerable
period of time. Please be assured that we will revert immediately once a
decision has been reached on the application. Your patience in this matter
is appreciated.


Regards

Citizenship Helpdesk

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iceice304
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by iceice304 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:42 pm

Hi, Don’t worry. They just copy and paste emails. so don’t take any word from this office as a confirmed news.
It happened to me during my own application couple of years ago and also now recently with my child’s application. For my child application I sent them an email last month. they did not reply to my 1st email so I sent them 2nd email after a week.
Amazingly they replied to both email later. In 1st email reply they said the application has gone through final stage and is being prepared for submission to minister. For 2nd email (one day later) they replied that application is being processed normally and it will be assessed that my child does meet criteria to apply for naturalisation.
From this you can guess the validity of the emails this office send to applicants.

wec1979
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by wec1979 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:05 pm

iceice304 wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:42 pm
Hi, Don’t worry. They just copy and paste emails. so don’t take any word from this office as a confirmed news.
It happened to me during my own application couple of years ago and also now recently with my child’s application. For my child application I sent them an email last month. they did not reply to my 1st email so I sent them 2nd email after a week.
Amazingly they replied to both email later. In 1st email reply they said the application has gone through final stage and is being prepared for submission to minister. For 2nd email (one day later) they replied that application is being processed normally and it will be assessed that my child does meet criteria to apply for naturalisation.
From this you can guess the validity of the emails this office send to applicants.
I agree with you completely. I sent them several Emails and got replies. First email said that my application is continue to process. Second email said that my application is at advanced stage. Third email said that it's continue to process.I don't know why they reply to people like that.

Stanina
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Stanina » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:32 am

wec1979 wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:05 pm
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I agree with you completely. I sent them several Emails and got replies. First email said that my application is continue to process. Second email said that my application is at advanced stage. Third email said that it's continue to process.I don't know why they reply to people like that.
I think it is people on rotation who reply to the emails. Some just give general information, other check the status. Advanced stage and continue to process roughly the same answer.

iamok
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by iamok » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:16 am

I wouldn't be surprised if approvals stop again due to the new COVID restrictions. After a few approvals last week, nobody else seems to have posted about approvals this week and no news of the ceremony. Of course, there might be people who got approvals and are not on these boards so if anyone has any news then please keep us posted.

Taki
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Taki » Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:15 pm

iamok wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:16 am
I wouldn't be surprised if approvals stop again due to the new COVID restrictions. After a few approvals last week, nobody else seems to have posted about approvals this week and no news of the ceremony. Of course, there might be people who got approvals and are not on these boards so if anyone has any news then please keep us posted.
Nope 👎 every door of hope also shut down right now especially for who waiting from years, Soon after 6 six weeks Christmas holidays will start and then New year and let’s see what new news in 2021?

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Shelter » Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:25 pm

Covid -19 Justice Minister temporary suspended citizenship ceremonies

currently 21000 application in progress Around 3000 decision made

Citizenship applicants to sign affidavit of loyalty under temporary COVID-19 measures announced by Minister McEntee
· Pandemic requires the temporary suspension of in person citizenship ceremonies
· Applicants will instead sign an affidavit declaring loyalty to the State and be issued with their certificate of naturalisation
· eTax-clearance and eVetting to be introduced for citizenship applicants as part of Minister McEntee’s digital reform agenda to modernise the Justice Sector

22 October, 2020

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced that citizenship ceremonies will be temporarily replaced during COVID-19 with a requirement for citizenship applicants to sign an affidavit declaring loyalty to the State.
Upon the return of a fully completed declaration, the Department of Justice will issue a certificate of naturalisation.
With the temporary suspension of citizenship ceremonies, the Department of Justice is examining alternative methods of celebrating the new citizens who will receive their certificates of naturalisation during COVID-19.
Making the announcement, Minister McEntee said:
‘Since their establishment in 2011, citizenship ceremonies have been joyous occasions at which we mark the granting of Irish citizenships in a dignified manner.
‘Unfortunately, the pandemic means that we are currently unable to hold the in person ceremonies with hundreds of people which have become a welcome addition to our public and civic life.
‘Yet thousands of applications for naturalisation are still on hand, with many applicants ready to become citizens. Our new, temporary approach means we can process these applications during the pandemic.
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holahola84
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by holahola84 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:36 pm

This is great news!

Here the link: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR20000245

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by hdsgnr » Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:00 pm

Good news! Thanks for sharing!
Shelter wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:25 pm
· eTax-clearance and eVetting to be introduced for citizenship applicants as part of Minister McEntee’s digital reform agenda to modernise the Justice Sector
This is interesting.

Do you guys think that current applicants (approved/waiting for approval) have yet to apply for eTax and eVetting certs, or this will be introduced for future applicants?

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by hdsgnr » Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:11 pm

(I can't edit my previous post)

I've read the above link and it seems to me that the new measures will be for future applicants, but that's only my understanding and speculation.

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by anongirl » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:58 pm

Will this affidavit be sent out to those approved ?

Bealtaine
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Bealtaine » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:05 pm

Yes. Once we send them in the bank draft, photos and IRP.

anongirl
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by anongirl » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:09 pm

this is such a relief !!

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Captainf » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:32 pm

I have been approved in Feb 2020, Awaiting for Ceremony since... This is such a relief... 4 years of waiting might come to an end pretty soon.

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by anongirl » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:37 pm

Captainf wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:32 pm
I have been approved in Feb 2020, Awaiting for Ceremony since... This is such a relief... 4 years of waiting might come to an end pretty soon.
Same with myself approved since Feb 2020. My sister applied roughly same time as me but she got into the last ceremony and i didnt even though we sent the fee in the same week. i was soo gutted.

Stanina
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Stanina » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:06 am

I am interested is this part
"The changes will come into effect after the Minister signs a statutory instrument to the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956. The Minister has approved the priority drafting of the statutory instrument."
related to affidavit, eTax-clearance and eVetting or both.

It will probably will take some time, I guess it should be passed in Dail as well.

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by anongirl » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:03 am

They already referenced it in the Dail yesterday. And my friend in INIS said we should be getting them in the next 4 weeks hopefully sooner. They basically are just reverting to how they used to send out the certificates before there was these official ceremony so it’s nothing new just the old way of doing it

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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by anongirl » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:05 am

Quote from dail question on 22 Oct
“ The Deputy will be aware that formal citizenship ceremonies were introduced almost ten years ago. These have been universally well-received by participants as the ceremonies provide a sense of dignity and a celebratory occasion that serves to underscore the importance to both the State and the applicant of the grant of Irish citizenship. Covid-19 has, unfortunately, prevented the holding of our large-scale citizenship ceremonies, which is impacting the processing of applications. The Minister, Deputy McEntee, was, therefore, pleased to recently approve a solution to replace the ceremonies with a sworn affidavit on an interim basis. This will enable approximately 3,000 applicants to be granted citizenship in the very near future”

Stanina
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Re: Next Ceremony

Post by Stanina » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:06 am

anongirl wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:03 am
They already referenced it in the Dail yesterday. And my friend in INIS said we should be getting them in the next 4 weeks hopefully sooner. They basically are just reverting to how they used to send out the certificates before there was these official ceremony so it’s nothing new just the old way of doing it
Next 4 weeks is great news!

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