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Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by Sham321 » Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:55 pm

Hi All,

I have a question in relation to return of original passport. How long is the citizenship department taking to return the passport?

I have submitted my citizenship application on 2.11.2020. I need to travel to attend a wedding on 20.01.2021. Can someone please advise if my passport will be returned soon?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by littlerr » Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:39 pm

That is quite risky. While we haven’t seen any definitive answers, there seems to be quite a few occurrences that I know of where the passport was kept for more than a month or two.

The official advice has still been the same since summer - you shouldn’t submit your application if you have any travel plan any time in the future, as they cannot guarantee the prompt return of your passport.

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by Sham321 » Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:08 pm

Many thanks Littlerr for your response. What do you think should I follow up with them after couple of weeks (end of December may be) to check?

Anyone else has received back their passport in recent weeks or know someone in such situation.

Thanks Guys

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by Moh25ah » Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:22 am

I have submitted my application on 16/10/20 and still waiting for them to return my passport !!!

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by NiallPP » Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:12 am

Also submitted in October (Anpost marked received 20/10/20) and no word yet. Recent applications seem to have taken up to around 2 months and I think the 2nd lockdown must have delayed things further

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by gabrielius » Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:59 am

Moh25ah wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:22 am
I have submitted my application on 16/10/20 and still waiting for them to return my passport !!!
Citizenship received my application on the 7th of September. So October isn't even that bad! I'm also an EU applicant so I genuinely feel sorry for the nob-EU applicants...

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by gabrielius » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:04 pm

Sham321 wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Hi All,

I have a question in relation to return of original passport. How long is the citizenship department taking to return the passport?

I have submitted my citizenship application on 2.11.2020. I need to travel to attend a wedding on 20.01.2021. Can someone please advise if my passport will be returned soon?

Thanks in advance
Unless you have need to travel for emergency purposes, you'll probably get your passport next year, possibly February. They're apparently going through applications in chronological order. Good luck even contacting them. Their email address is nothing but a black hole.

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by Moh25ah » Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 am

Has anyone received his passport back after submitting an application on October 2020 ?

I submit mine on 16/10/2020 & I did not receive my passport or acknowledgement yet. is it normal or I should send a letter to them. - They didn't respond to emails.

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by denisaric » Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:11 am

Moh25ah wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 am
Has anyone received his passport back after submitting an application on October 2020 ?

I submit mine on 16/10/2020 & I did not receive my passport or acknowledgement yet. is it normal or I should send a letter to them. - They didn't respond to emails.
I applied on October 1st, no news since. Didn't bother to email them. Hopefully soon

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by Vorona » Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:25 am

It takes 4 months on average according to the most recent reports.
I suspect that applications sent to the department during lockdown will not even be opened until lockdown ends since they can't verify passports from home.

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by raja.brit » Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:52 am

Vorona wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:25 am
It takes 4 months on average according to the most recent reports.
I suspect that applications sent to the department during lockdown will not even be opened until lockdown ends since they can't verify passports from home.
Yup, I second that.

I did hear from one of my friends who had contacted Citizenship and apparently the email stayed 1 month time frame from last week for passport returns.

I certainly would take that with a pinch of salt coz the email template is probably an old one.

I applied for Citizenship in December 2020 and not expecting anything until April 2021.

Fingers crossed anyways folks!

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by rajashahidaly » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:30 pm

Moh25ah wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 am
Has anyone received his passport back after submitting an application on October 2020 ?

I submit mine on 16/10/2020 & I did not receive my passport or acknowledgement yet. is it normal or I should send a letter to them. - They didn't respond to emails.
Hi there
I applied on 6th of October, 2020, based on 5 yrs, stamp 1 and 4 Non EU
No word yet !

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by denisaric » Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:01 pm

“The vast bulk of Citizenship staff are remote working and the verification of passports cannot be performed remotely due to data protection concerns. During this period the focus of Citizenship is on the general processing of applications

What does the last sentence mean ? The once submitted before Covid?

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Re: Return of Original Passport after citizenship application

Post by rufusr » Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:18 am

Moh25ah wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 am
Has anyone received his passport back after submitting an application on October 2020 ?

I submit mine on 16/10/2020 & I did not receive my passport or acknowledgement yet. is it normal or I should send a letter to them. - They didn't respond to emails.
I submitted my application (based on marriage to Irish spouse and 3+ years' residency) on 2 October 2020. I just received acknowledgement letter, passport and receipt in the post yesterday (3 Feb 2021). It seems to be moving, but very slowly!

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