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Foreign Birth Registration

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 October 2021

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Ceisteanna (495, 517)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

495. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of a foreign birth registration application by a person (details supplied); when this application will be processed and finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50509/21]

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Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

517. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of a foreign birth registration application by a person (details supplied); when this application will be processed and finalized; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51279/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 495 and 517 together.

My Department is responsible for citizenship by descent through the Foreign Births Register under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the processing time for FBR applications stood at 18 months due to an unprecedented surge in applications as a result of Brexit, and the necessary rigorous processing that applies to citizenship applications. 

The application referenced was registered on 30 March 2021, and is waiting to be processed. All documents received are being stored in a secure environment.

Due to the pandemic, FBR staff have been reassigned to assist in the delivery of essential services. This has resulted in a pause in overall FBR processing. FBR staff have continued to provide an emergency service for Foreign Birth Registration in cases of exceptional urgency, such as expectant parents, or stateless persons. In cases of exceptional urgency FBR applicants may continue to contact the Passport Service directly. For other applications, the Department operates a transparent general policy of processing FBR applications in order of receipt.

The Passport Service is actively planning to resume processing FBR applications as soon as possible. My Department is committed to allocating further resources to assist with the high volume of applications, with a focus on reducing turnaround times by the end of 2021.  In the medium term, changes to the FBR process to increase efficiencies and improve the customer experience will be delivered under the next phase of my Department's Passport Reform Programme.

Question No. 496 answered with Question No. 491.
Question No. 497 answered with Question No. 491.
Question No. 498 answered with Question No. 490.
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