Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Birth Registration

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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214. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when a foreign birth registration application will be processed for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49357/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department is responsible for citizenship by descent through the Foreign Births Register under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the processing time for FBR applications stood at 18 months due to an unprecedented surge in applications as a result of Brexit and the necessarily rigorous processing that applies to citizenship applications.

The application referenced was registered on 18 June 2019. I have been informed by the FBR team that they have been in contact with the applicant and are awaiting the submission of further documentation in order for processing of this application to be completed. Once this documentation is received, a member of the FBR team will inform the applicant of the outcome shortly thereafter.

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