The Immigration Service Delivery has announced the introduction of a scorecard approach, which will bring added clarity regarding what information applicants are required to provide to establish their identity and residence in respect to naturalisation applications.
According to the ISD, “[a]pplicants will be required to reach a score of 150 points in each of the years proof of residency is required. They do this by submitting proofs with a predetermined point value until they reach the required score of 150 points for each year of residency claimed.
An applicant must also accumulate a total of 150 points for establishing identity in order to meet the appropriate standard. Where an applicant is not able to achieve 150 points engagement with the Department will need to be entered into.
The responsibility is on the applicant to provide sufficient proof of reckonable residence for the period of residence claimed on the application form and the scorecard approach will ensure applicants have clarity on what exactly is required when they submit their initial application.”
Although applicants are no longer required to submit their original passport with their initial application and they can provide a certified full colour copy of their entire passport instead, the Minister reserves the right to request original passports from applicants at any stage in the process.
The new Form 8 (version 6.3 Dec 2021, available here) includes a scorecard table with further guidance on the points system. From January 2022, any new naturalisation applications must be submitted using the latest form.
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Full details of the new changes are available here: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/scorecard-approach-being-introduced-for-citizenship-applications-from-january-2022/