Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (450)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

450. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when applications for the foreign births register will be allowed again. [15160/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Foreign Births Registration (FBR) team was reassigned to our consular services at the beginning of the current public health emergency to operate a COVID-19 crisis call centre, assisting our citizens abroad.

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. The Department has seen an increase in the number of applications received, from approximately 6,000 applications in 2015 to over 32,000 in 2019. Almost 10,000 applications have been submitted to date this year. There are currently 27,000 applications waiting to be processed.

Applications that have been sent to the FBR team are being held securely and will be processed when normal services resume later in the summer. The expected processing time for FBR applications is between 12 and 18 months.