Citizenship law



Report calls for law change to allow Northern Ireland people to choose citizenship

British citizenship laws should be rewritten to allow people born in Northern Ireland to choose whether to be treated as a British citizen or as an Irish citizen, a new report has recommended.

Published 27 March 2020

Supreme Court to hear expedited case on lawfulness of process to revoke citizenship

A significant case concerning the lawfulness of the process under which Irish citizenship can be revoked will be considered by the Supreme Court under an expedited process.

Published 28 January 2020

Proposals to reform family reunification rules welcomed by rights campaigner Emma DeSouza

Proposals to reform family reunification rules for people in Northern Ireland have been welcomed by immigration rights campaigner Emma DeSouza.

Published 10 January 2020

High Court rules Home Office £1,000 fee for children to register as British citizens unlawful

The High Court in London has today ruled the £1,012 fee the Home Office charges children to register as British citizens is unlawful.

Published 19 December 2019

Almost 2,000 people receive citizenship after five-month break

Almost 2,000 people received Irish citizenship today in the first citizenship ceremonies to take place since a controversial High Court ruling five months ago.

Published 9 December 2019

Court of Appeal overturns citizenship ruling with 'unduly rigid' residency criteria

The Court of Appeal has overturned a landmark High Court ruling which adopted an "unduly rigid" interpretation of the residency criteria for Irish citizenship applicants.

Published 15 November 2019

Upper Tribunal rules Irish-identifying people born in Northern Ireland are British citizens

People who were born in Northern Ireland and identify as Irish are still British citizens, the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) has ruled.

Published 14 October 2019

Fewer British passports and more Irish passports being issued to Northern Ireland residents

Fewer British passports and more Irish passports are being issued to residents of Northern Ireland, figures reveal.

Published 12 August 2019

Ciarán Ahern: Court ruling leaves citizenship applicants in urgent need of new legislation

Ciarán Ahern, associate in employment law at A&L Goodbody, writes on the urgent need for new legislation following a recent court ruling on the citizenship process.

Published 7 August 2019

Government treating High Court citizenship ruling as 'urgent priority'

The Government is treating a surprise High Court ruling which tightens the residence requirement for citizenship applicants as an "urgent priority", ministers have said.

Published 19 July 2019

High Court: Minister does not have discretion to allow six-week absence period in citizenship cases

A man whose application for citizenship was rejected because he spent 100 days outside the State in the year prior to his application has lost an application for judicial review of the decision in the High Court.

Published 18 July 2019

Home Office granted adjournment in DeSouza citizenship rights case

The Home Office has been granted a six-month adjournment in the First-tier Tribunal in a high-profile dispute over an Irish woman's access to a UK immigration scheme for EU nationals.

Published 31 May 2019

Law professor to join Belfast rally for citizenship rights

Professor Colin Harvey, an expert in human rights at QUB School of Law, has been announced as a speaker at a Belfast rally in support of a woman's campaign to be treated as an Irish citizen.

Published 12 April 2019

Court denies family reunification to citizens who came to Ireland as refugees

Two people who came to Ireland as refugees but subsequently naturalised as Irish citizens have failed in their court bid to access the family reunification scheme.

Published 29 March 2019

CJEU: Member states can deprive dual nationals of EU citizenship

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has affirmed that EU member states can, where certain conditions are met, remove citizenship from dual nationals even if that would lead to them losing their EU citizenship status.

Published 12 March 2019