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200. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Justice the number of visa applications, citizenship applications and domestic residence permission applications that have been processed to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51546/21]

201. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Justice the number of citizenship applications and visa applications that were submitted in 2020; the number processed to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51547/21]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 200 and 201 together.
My Department continued to accept and process immigration and citizenship applications throughout the pandemic. As the Deputy will appreciate, the figures for 2020 and to date in 2021, reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for and processing of applications.
The processing timeline for standard applications has unfortunately increased due to the disruption to normal business as all staff were adhering to the necessary health and safety related restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19.
The tables below set out the information requested by the Deputy.

Application Type Applications processed in 2021
Visa 30971 (including 829 withdrawals)
Citizenship   6,987
Domestic Residence 5,577

Application Type Applications received in 2020 Applications processed in 2020
Visa 43,871 48,661 (including 4,000 withdrawals)
Citizenship   10,354 5,481 (919 of which were received in 2020)
It should be noted that applications processed in a calendar year will include applications received in a previous year. Question No. 201 answered with Question No. 200.