Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (342)

Ossian Smyth


342. Deputy Ossian Smyth asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8859/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Passport Service has paused the processing of Foreign Births Registration applications as Ireland is at Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.

Applications that have been sent to the FBR team are being held securely and will be processed when normal services resume at Level 3. Foreign Births Registration, by its nature, can be a detailed and complex process, often involving official documentation related to three generations and issued by several jurisdictions. Prior to the introduction of the current restrictions, FBR applications were taking 12 to 18 months to process.

With regard to the specific application to which the Deputy refers, this was registered on 21 February 2020 and is on schedule to be processed, in date order of receipt, when FBR services resume.