Written answers

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Birth Registration

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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259. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when a foreign birth registration certificate will be processed for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39412/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Passport Service has paused the processing of Foreign Births Registration applications as Ireland is at Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.

Applications that have been sent to the FBR team are being held securely and will be processed, in date order of receipt, when normal services resume at Level 3. Foreign Births Registration, by its nature, can be a detailed and complex process, often involving official documentation related to three generations and issued by several jurisdictions. The expected processing time for FBR applications is between 12 and 18 months.

With regard to the specific application the Deputy has enquired about, I can confirm that the application was received on the 23 January 2020 and it will be processed in due course.


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