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Illegal Resident now married to Citizen

Hi. I came to Ireland legally and overstayed illegally. I am now married to an Irish national with an Irish child and I gave my documents to a local councillor. I have two questions. Can the councillor help to process my application? If not, can I apply as spouse of an EU citizen and if not, what can I do to become legal?

The fact that this listener is the spouse of an EU citizen improves their chances dramatically for getting immediate naturalisation.  The listener should consider withdrawing their existing application and re-applying as a spouse of an EU citizen.  As I am not familiar with the detail of this listener’s application they should take legal advice before taking this step. 

 

Regarding the local councillor – yes, the listener is perfectly entitled to seek the advice of their councillors and they are entitled to make enquiries on your behalf and indeed issue a reference of good character.

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