Written answers

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Birth Registration

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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107. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when a foreign birth register application by a person (details supplied) will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3728/23]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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My Department is responsible for processing Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) applications for people who are born abroad and claim Irish Citizenship through a grandparent born in Ireland or through a parent who has claimed citizenship also through FBR, Naturalisation or Post Nuptial Citizenship.

Demand for this service increased significantly as a result of the Brexit vote in the UK. The service was also impacted by necessary Covid-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021 and the unprecedented demand for passports seen in 2022.

During 2022, my Department implemented a number of measures to address the volume of FBR applications on hand, with a view to significantly reducing the processing time for these applications. These measures, which include increased staffing directed towards the processing of FBR applications, have had a positive impact on the waiting time for applicants. The current waiting time for FBR applications is 11 months from receipt of supporting documents, down from over 2 years in September 2022.

Foreign Birth Registration, by its nature, is a detailed and complex process, often involving official documentation relating to three generations and issued by several jurisdictions. Such documents take considerable time to validate.

Supporting documentation for the application to which the Deputy has referred was received on 16 June 2022, and is being stored in a secure environment pending entitlement checking.


simon macauley
Posted on 1 Feb 2023 3:58 pm (Report this comment)

When I called last week to inquire about my childrens FBR they told me they were still working on 2021.

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