The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from Caroline Nokes, Minister for Immigration, in a one-off session investigating disparities in the cost and accessibility of obtaining British and Irish passports for individuals resident in Northern Ireland.
Tuesday 22 May in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis Houses of Parliament
- Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration
Any individual born in the Republic of Ireland after 1949 and resident in Northern Ireland must first obtain naturalisation before being granted a UK passport. At present, the cost of naturalisation, including a compulsory citizenship ceremony, is £1,330. There is no cost for Irish citizenship for individuals born in Northern Ireland as the fees are waived by the Irish Government.
There is also a significant disparity in the services available for obtaining passports. There are "Passport Express" services for Irish passports in 77 post offices across Northern Ireland. There are no services available in the Republic of Ireland for UK citizens to obtain a passport.
Purpose of the session
The session will examine the reasons for the disparity in access and cost of passport services and ask what changes could be implemented to reduce or eliminate these disparities.