I am an Irish citizen through Naturalisation living abroad since December 2020. I read that if I live outside Ireland for continuous of 7 years without sending the declaration annually to retain my citizenship then my citizenship can be revoked. Is this true?

Let's say I register annually to retain my Irish citizenship for 7 years in a row. Does this protect me losing my citizenship even after those 7 years? In other words can I live out of Ireland indefinitely and keep my citizenship if I send that declaration every year?

I have seen similar question here but it doesn't really answer if I can send declaration indefinitely and keep my citizenship

  • Does this answer your question? Irish citizenship revoked if I live abroad after naturalization? Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 20:44
  • It doesn't mention if I can send declaration indefinitely and keep my citizenship
    – Anna
    Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 20:49
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    You are trying to divine an answer to something which is neither expressly stated in Irish law nor previously addressed by Irish courts. The answer of Andrey Chistykov in the duplicate question says no Irish court cases address revocation of Irish naturalization because the new citizen moved and stayed overseas, and thus the answer is uncertain. Until such a case is decided, or until Irish law is clarified by the Irish Parliament, no one can say for sure. If you're seriously concerned about this, consult an Irish solicitor familiar with Irish Immigration and Naturalization issues. Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 23:10
  • Where does "annually" come from? As far as I can see, you only have to file it once.
    – phoog
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 1:03
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    Good research, Anna; an annual filing seems required by Irish law. But what remains undefined is "ordinarily resident overseas" and "reasonable excuse." Someone in Irish government will have to assess whether the naturalized citizen has been "ordinarily resident" overseas, and whether the reason(s) presented by the naturalized Irish citizen to justify living overseas are reasonable or not. With no guidance from administrative rules, and no court cases defining what is or isn't "ordinarily resident overseas" and what is or isn't "reasonable," everyone is just guessing. Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 15:55


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