Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Birth Registration

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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123. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will examine a citizenship case for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28672/24]

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 or Naturalisation.

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.

FBR applications are currently being processed within the normal turnaround time of 9 months from receipt of all required supporting documents, a decrease in turnaround time of 75% from over two and a half years in 2022. Applications that require further supporting documents will take longer to process.

With regard to the specific FBR application about which the Deputy has enquired, supporting documents were received for the application on 3 November 2023. A member of the FBR team has reviewed the application and progressed as appropriate.

The Passport Service Customer Service Hub has dedicated agents to deal with Foreign Birth Registration application queries. The contact number for urgent Foreign Birth Registration queries is +353 1 568 3331. This number is also available on the Department's website.


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