Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Foreign Birth Registration
130. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when the Foreign Births Register will reopen; the length of the backlog; the length of time he expects it will take to clear it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26821/21]
The processing of Foreign Births Registration (FBR) applications has been temporarily paused as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions.
Prior to this pause, it took twelve to eighteen months to process applications. This was due to the complex nature of FBR applications, the very high volume of applications due to Brexit and exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Passport Service is examining how to optimally address the FBR applications on hand, and any delays that have been experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are regretted. We expect to have an update on this later in the summer.