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Immigration Solicitors Ireland

Citizenship and Naturalisation involve legal processes that grant a person citizenship in a country where they were not born, often based on residency duration.

Immigation Solicitor / Lawyer Guidance on Citizenship, Naturalisation and Visa Appeals in Ireland

At Berwick Solicitors, we’re acutely aware of the challenges faced by immigrants upon their arrival in Ireland. The experience can often feel daunting. That’s why our team of dedicated immigration solicitors in Dublin and Galway is committed to simplifying this process for our clients. Our immigration lawyers / attorneys focus on Citizenship and Naturalisation, Naturalisation appeals and Visa appeals, we’ve become a trusted partner for many in navigating through Ireland’s immigration laws. We are a team with some of Ireland’s best immigration solicitors and lawyers with vast experience in the field.

Citizenship and Naturalisation Services

Achieving Irish citizenship through naturalisation marks a pivotal moment for immigrants, reflecting their long-term commitment to life in Ireland. Overseen by the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) on behalf of the Minister for Justice, the naturalisation process requires applicants to meet strict residency criteria. While many applicants navigate the initial application process independently, it’s the appeals process where most encounter difficulties. This is where our expertise as immigration solicitors in Ireland becomes invaluable.

Naturalisation Appeals

With the Minister for Justice holding absolute discretion over naturalisation applications, not all are approved. However, an initial refusal doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Our experienced team of immigration lawyers specialises in the naturalisation appeals process, providing the expert representation needed to challenge initial decisions effectively.

Visa Appeals

Facing a visa refusal can be a significant setback, but with the right legal approach, these decisions can often be overturned. Our immigration solicitors Dublin are skilled in identifying the reasons behind visa refusals and formulating robust appeals. Whether issues stem from procedural errors, misinterpretations of the law, or other factors, we’re prepared to tackle these challenges to seek a favourable resolution.

Why Entrust Berwick Solicitors with Your Immigration Case?

Choosing Berwick Solicitors means opting for a team that prioritises your unique story and legal needs. Our approach is characterised by:

  • In-depth knowledge of Irish immigration law, honed over years of specialised practice.
  • A commitment to providing personalised advice and support tailored to your individual situation.
  • Consistent communication, ensuring you’re informed and confident throughout your case.

Supporting Your Immigration Process

From the moment you engage our services to the successful resolution of your case, Berwick Solicitors acts as your staunch advocate. We assist in gathering and organising the necessary documentation for your application, making certain that you meet all required criteria.

Tailored Consultations to Address Your Concerns

Recognising the distinct nature of each case, we offer consultations designed to thoroughly address all your inquiries. Conveniently conducted via video link, our consultations ensure easy access to our expertise, regardless of your location.

Immigrating to Ireland is a monumental step and the associated legal challenges demand expert legal guidance. Berwick Solicitors, with our team of skilled Irish immigration solicitors, is here to offer that guidance, supporting you and your family as you seek to make Ireland your home. Whether your focus is on achieving citizenship, navigating through a naturalisation appeal, or overturning a visa refusal, our team is ready to stand by your side.

Our Immigration Specialist

Martin Kerrigan


Immigration Law Ireland

Short absences from Ireland, typically for holidays or business trips, are allowed within the residency period required for naturalisation. However, applicants should not have been away for more than six weeks in the year immediately before applying and should demonstrate their intention to reside in Ireland after naturalisation. Extended absences may require explanation and could impact the application.

Applications can be refused for several reasons, including not meeting the residency requirement, failure to provide necessary documentation, or issues concerning good character. Sometimes, applications are refused without a detailed explanation, as the Minister for Justice has absolute discretion in these decisions.

Currently, there is no formal appeal process for naturalisation refusals. However, applicants can request a review of the decision by providing additional information or clarifications that might address the Minister's concerns. Legal advice can be crucial at this stage to navigate the options effectively.

Visa applications are often refused for reasons such as incomplete application forms, lack of supporting documentation, failure to prove sufficient ties to the home country, or doubts about the intention to leave Ireland upon visa expiry. Each refusal notice will detail the specific reasons for the decision.

A visa appeal should be submitted within two months of receiving the refusal notice. The appeal must address the reasons for refusal specified in the notice and include any additional documentation that supports the application. A detailed cover letter explaining the appeal grounds is also recommended.

A visa appeal should comprehensively address each refusal reason, providing additional documentation and explanations as needed. This may include clearer evidence of financial stability, stronger proof of ties to the home country, or further clarification of travel intentions.

There is no fee for submitting a visa appeal in Ireland. However, applicants may incur costs if they choose to seek legal advice or require specific documents, such as official translations or additional evidence to support their appeal.

The processing time for citizenship applications can vary widely, often taking 12 to 18 months, but it can be longer due to the thorough review process. Applicants are advised to ensure their application is complete and accurate to avoid unnecessary delays.

Immigration solicitors can provide invaluable assistance, offering detailed advice on application and appeal processes, preparing and reviewing your application or appeal to ensure it addresses all requirements, and representing you in communications with the ISD or other relevant bodies. They can also advise on the best course of action if an application is refused.


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Berwick Solicitors are regarded as one of the top immigration law firms in Ireland