I'm looking at possibly applying for a job in Dublin and would be interested in obtaining Irish citizenship. I'm a UK citizen, so getting job permits for Ireland is pretty easy. I travel a fair amount for work and am slightly confused by the requirements.
Here's a concrete example.
- Year 1: Spent 300 days in Ireland (more than six weeks away).
- Year 2: Spent 300 days in Ireland (more than six weeks away).
- Year 3: Spent 300 days in Ireland (more than six weeks away).
- Year 4: Spent 300 days in Ireland (more than six weeks away).
- Year 5: Spent 330 days in Ireland (less than six weeks away).
Would I be eligible for (the residency part of) Irish citizenship?
You must have lived in the State for a certain length of time. The specific requirements are that you:
- Have a period of 365 days* (1 year) continuous reckonable residence in the State immediately before the date of your application for naturalisation and
- During the 8 years before that, have had a total reckonable residence in the State of 1,460 days* (4 years)
You can leave Ireland for up to 6 weeks (in total) per year and still be considered resident in that year. If you leave for more than 6 weeks in one year, you should not count this period when you are calculating your reckonable residence.
Altogether you must have 5 years (5 x 365 days*) reckonable residence out of the last 9 years. *You must add 1 day for any period which includes 29 February (a leap year).
Up until the final part, all seems ok:
- I need to be in Ireland for all but six weeks of the last year before my application;
- I need to spend 1,460 days in Ireland during the previous eight years.
But then the final part: is this now counting years or days? It would be a struggle to stay in Ireland for all but six weeks per year each year, but not a struggle to rack up 1,460 days in Ireland in five years.
Originally posted on Law StackExchange: https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/77846/irish-citizenship-residency-requirements. Someone there recommended asking here.