• 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.

Renewal of Temporary Residence Certificate

Who is entitled to a Temporary Residence Certificate (TRC)?

Any applicant who is currently in the International Protection process and is complying with the process is entitled to receive a TRC.

TRC will not be issued to anyone who;

  • Has yet to complete their Section 15 interview.
  • Has been invited to complete their Section 15 or Section 35 interview and has failed to turn up.
  • Has yet to return their questionnaire (applicants who have been granted extensions will be issued a card until their extension date)
  • Has evaded transfer under the Dublin process or evaded a deportation order.
  • Has received International Protection from another European Union Member State (Inadmissible applicants).

If your medical card was due to expire between March and August 2020, it was automatically extended for up to one year. This was to cover you during the initial phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Cards extended in these circumstances will be re-assessed on a planned basis as society and business return to normal. We will write to you when we need to start your assessment.

If your card is due to expire after 31 August 2020, your renewal will be assessed as usual.





In light of the ongoing extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 public health emergency and the announcement made by the Taoiseach on 19 October 2020, the International Protection Office (IPO) wishes to advise that the following arrangements will apply:

Opening Hours: With effect from Thursday 22 October 2020, Reception at the International Protection Office, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 will be open between 11:00 to 13:00 Monday to Friday to receive new protection applications only.

Protection Interviews:  All substantive protection interviews are cancelled from Thursday 22 October 2020 until further notice. The IPO will be in contact in due course with new interview dates.

IPO2 Questionnaires:  Applicants with outstanding IPO 2 questionnaires are asked to complete and return the questionnaire as soon as possible please.  In light of the current circumstances, the IPO will accept electronically completed questionnaires from applicants once they are signed and submitted in hard copy.

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