Citizenship law



Call for 'good character' requirement in citizenship laws to be clarified

Irish citizenship laws should be amended to clarify the requirement for applicants to be of "good character", a law lecturer has said.

Published 27 August 2020

Amended family migration rules come into effect

New immigration rules allowing for family members of people in Northern Ireland to apply for status under the EU settlement scheme have come into force.

Published 24 August 2020

Process to revoke Irish citizenship 'lacks robust safeguards'

The process under which Irish citizenship can be revoked lacks robust procedural safeguards, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said.

Published 17 June 2020

Emma DeSouza withdraws appeal in high-profile birthright case

The high-profile legal battle between campaigner Emma DeSouza and the Home Office has come to an end following changes to the Immigration Rules.

Published 21 May 2020

Family migration rules amended in line with devolution deal

Family migration rules have been amended for people in Northern Ireland in line with the deal struck in January to restore devolution.

Published 15 May 2020

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