Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (116)

Alan Kelly

Question:

116. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if a passport application by a person (details supplied) will be expedited and processed in time for them to travel on 5 June 2019 in view of the fact that proof of travel has been provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21558/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

An application for a first Irish passport for the person in question was registered with the Passport Service on the 13 May 2019.

The Passport Service aims to process first-time passport applications submitted via Passport Express within 20 working days. At present, first time applications submitted through Passport Express are being processed in an average time of 22 working days, excluding postage time. First-time applications require additional security measures including robust identity verification and entitlement checking and, as a result, take longer to process.

The Passport Service endeavours to issue passports as swiftly as possible in a way that is fair and equitable to all citizens. The individual’s travel date of 5 June has been noted and will be brought to the attention of the relevant team.