Recently we have been working on a case involving the disputed reckonable residence of a Romanian national for the purposes of obtaining an Irish passport for the applicant’s child.
Following Romania’s accession into the EU in 2007 our client was eligible to reside in the State. Having resided in the State legally between 2007 and 2013 the applicant should have been eligible to obtain an Irish passport for his daughter. However, this was denied by the Passport Office which claimed that the client was not lawfully resident due to having worked without a work permit for a number of years. While it is recognised that the father may have breached employment law, his residence was in fact valid under EU law and thus Irish law. The High Court proceedings have been issued on the contention that the Passport Office was erroneous in its decision as our client did not fit into any of the specified ‘reckonability’ restrictions in S6B(4) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956.
We are pleased that the High Court has granted to leave to bring a judicial review against this decision. We will provide further update in due course.