Let's appreciate the sacrifices of all frontline workers. #FastTrackCitizenship4FLWs

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Who are frontline workers?

People who "actively contributed" to the fight against the pandemic.The beneficiaries include not only health care workers but also cashiers, garbage collectors and housekeepers etc.

We know that citizenship is an honour and privilege which is given to residents with good character and extraordinary contribution to the country. The sacrifices of frontline workers in this pandemic have been beyond our imagination and appreciation so they are the most deserving of this honour that they are demanding. #FastTrackCitizenship4FLWs of their in-limbo applications. 

Frontline workers are the main force tackling COVID-19 since it began.  A major chunk of them are immigrants. They have continued working selflessly through this healthcare crisis to protect the wider community in Ireland despite the sacrifice to their own health, life and family.

A major challenge for these frontline workers is citizenship delays which have been well reported to span a duration of 2+ years. These undue delays are demoralising and demotivating especially when neighbouring countries are implementing such outstanding measures to salute their incredible work. Measures fast tracking citizenship have already been taken in France and Canada as a way of rewarding those working during the pandemic.

What we aim to achieve? 

This petition is a gentle reminder for relevant stakeholders to encourage and boost the morale of frontline workers who have been working selflessly during this pandemic.

We propose:

1) Awarding direct citizenship to the ‘national heroes’ and their families as a matter of honour who were directly impacted by COVID 19 crisis .

2) As a matter of honour, fast tracking applications of all relevant workers and their families to reduce undue delays in citizenship.

  • Applied and waiting >6 months: should be given on citizenship on an immediate basis
  • Applied and waiting <6 months or will apply in future: application should be processed within 6 months
  • Consider reduction in duration for eligibility to apply for frontline workers who are/have been directly impacted 
  • Spouse and families should be considered for same
  • Speed up visa process for newly joining workers keeping in view the dire situation
  • Consider reducing/waiving GNIB/Visa fee

3) Providing overseas HCWs who are newly joining the fight against COVID-19 in the Irish Health system with a critical skills permit.