Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (76)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

76. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of passport applications made from outside Ireland in the past three years to date; the number of those passport applications that were refused; the number of foreign applications for passports that were granted by an Irish embassy or consulate (details supplied); the number of passports issued by way of online application since the scheme commenced to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44413/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The number of passport applications received in the categories and years requested are outlined below.

2016

2017

2018*

Applications received from outside of Ireland

190,905

227,223

191,271

*1 January to 30 September

All Passport applications must meet the requirements of the Passports Act, 2008 as amended (“the Act”) before they can be processed. In all cases, the Passport Service must be satisfied as to the identity of the applicant and that the applicant is an Irish citizen. Furthermore, all guardians must provide consent for a minor’s application or if unavailable or unwilling, submit a court order as appropriate.

Section 12 of the Act makes provision to refuse a passport in certain circumstances. The Passport Service does not compile data on the number of applications which are refused. However, in general the number of applications that do not result in the issuance of a passport is small. Where applications are incomplete, applicants will often be contacted for clarifications or requested to provide further documentation.

The figures below provide the number of passports issued per Embassy or Consulate in the years requested. Many Irish Embassies are accredited to, and provide passport services for, Irish citizens in more than one country. The following table is organised by Mission.

Passports issued per Embassy

2016

2017

2018*

LONDON (Passport Office)

63,452

65,678

47,217

NEW YORK

7,032

6,297

3,786

CANBERRA

6,828

5,002

3,134

SAN FRANCISCO

4,331

4,220

2,438

SYDNEY

3,850

2,982

1,654

PRETORIA

3,207

2,969

1,771

OTTAWA

3,346

2,754

1,841

AUCKLAND

2,254

1,814

1,149

PARIS

2,205

1,985

993

BOSTON

2,027

1,597

1,360

CHICAGO

1,126

2,046

1,435

BERLIN

1,959

1,548

919

ABU DHABI

1,667

1,449

1,053

MADRID

1,662

1,480

900

WASHINGTON

1,117

1,013

600

BERNE

941

762

444

THE HAGUE

928

663

435

BRUSSELS

813

596

344

HONG KONG

548

574

394

SINGAPORE

539

496

338

ROME

524

403

232

RIYADH

451

424

281

BANGKOK

411

294

252

ABUJA

268

265

226

LUXEMBOURG

325

246

162

STOCKHOLM

324

227

133

VIENNA

294

220

138

COPENHAGEN

232

232

103

TEL AVIV

229

152

142

BEIJING

193

169

132

BUENOS AIRES

168

188

93

LISBON

155

153

132

KUALA LUMPUR

174

147

107

MEXICO

180

158

78

CAIRO

140

158

113

NEW DELHI

153

124

128

WARSAW

119

156

114

TOKYO

185

137

58

OSLO

182

125

62

ATHENS

169

118

87

NICOSIA

137

134

77

BRASILIA

131

128

79

SHANGHAI

114

113

97

PRAGUE

121

110

87

HANOI

131

115

70

VALETTA

127

100

65

ANKARA

112

96

81

MOSCOW

94

92

72

LUSAKA

97

89

61

HELSINKI

102

70

37

SEOUL

97

65

47

BUCHAREST

95

54

53

JAKARTA

68

70

53

BUDAPEST

72

60

37

LJUBLJANA

55

35

22

SOFIA

31

43

36

DAR-ES-SALAAM

42

35

15

MAPUTO

39

35

17

VILNIUS

32

31

30

KAMPALA

43

31

11

BRATISLAVA

25

26

20

LILONGWE

14

30

17

ADDIS ABABA

18

20

16

RIGA

17

14

7

TALLINN

11

9

8

MANILA

0

2

5

NAIROBI

0

0

4

*1 January to 30 September.

Since the launch of the Online Passport Application service on 30 March 2017 to 30 September 2018, a total of 270,187 passports were issued using this service.

The following revised reply was received on 21 November 2018.
The number of passport applications received in the categories and years requested, are outlined below.

2016

2017

2018*

Applications received from outside of Ireland

190,905

227,223

191,271

*1 January to 30 September
All Passport applications must meet the requirements of the Passports Act, 2008 as amended (“the Act”) before they can be processed. In all cases, the Passport Service must be satisfied as to the identity of the applicant and that the applicant is an Irish citizen. Furthermore, all guardians must provide consent for a minor’s application or if unavailable or unwilling, submit a court order as appropriate.
Section 12 of the Act, makes provision to refuse a passport in certain circumstances. The Passport Service does not compile data on the number of applications which are refused. However, in general the number of applications that do not result in the issuance of a passport is small. Where applications are incomplete, applicants will often be contacted for clarifications or requested to provide further documentation.
The figures below provide the number of passports issued per Embassy or Consulate in the years requested. Many Irish Embassies are accredited to, and provide passport services for, Irish citizens in more than one country. The following table is organised by Mission.

Passports issued per Embassy

2016

2017

2018*

LONDON (Passport Office)

60,290

61,028

46,750

NEW YORK

7,032

6,297

3,786

CANBERRA

6,828

5,002

3,134

SAN FRANCISCO

4,331

4,220

2,438

SYDNEY

3,850

2,982

1,654

PRETORIA

3,207

2,969

1,771

OTTAWA

3,346

2,754

1,841

AUCKLAND

2,254

1,814

1,149

PARIS

2,205

1,985

993

BOSTON

2,027

1,597

1,360

CHICAGO

1,126

2,046

1,435

BERLIN

1,959

1,548

919

ABU DHABI

1,667

1,449

1,053

MADRID

1,662

1,480

900

WASHINGTON

1,117

1,013

600

BERNE

941

762

444

THE HAGUE

928

663

435

BRUSSELS

813

596

344

HONG KONG

548

574

394

SINGAPORE

539

496

338

ROME

524

403

232

RIYADH

451

424

281

BANGKOK

411

294

252

ABUJA

268

265

226

LUXEMBOURG

325

246

162

STOCKHOLM

324

227

133

VIENNA

294

220

138

COPENHAGEN

232

232

103

TEL AVIV

229

152

142

BEIJING

193

169

132

BUENOS AIRES

168

188

93

LISBON

155

153

132

KUALA LUMPUR

174

147

107

MEXICO

180

158

78

CAIRO

140

158

113

NEW DELHI

153

124

128

WARSAW

119

156

114

TOKYO

185

137

58

OSLO

182

125

62

ATHENS

169

118

87

NICOSIA

137

134

77

BRASILIA

131

128

79

SHANGHAI

114

113

97

PRAGUE

121

110

87

HANOI

131

115

70

VALETTA

127

100

65

ANKARA

112

96

81

MOSCOW

94

92

72

LUSAKA

97

89

61

HELSINKI

102

70

37

SEOUL

97

65

47

BUCHAREST

95

54

53

JAKARTA

68

70

53

BUDAPEST

72

60

37

LJUBLJANA

55

35

22

SOFIA

31

43

36

DAR-ES-SALAAM

42

35

15

MAPUTO

39

35

17

VILNIUS

32

31

30

KAMPALA

43

31

11

BRATISLAVA

25

26

20

LILONGWE

14

30

17

ADDIS ABABA

18

20

16

RIGA

17

14

7

TALLIN

11

9

8

MANILA

0

2

5

NAIROBI

0

0

4

*1 January to 30 September.
Since the launch of the Online Passport Application service on 30 March 2017 to 30 September 2018, a total of 270,187 passports were issued using this service.