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Foreign Births Registration/Citizenship

Your birth can be entered on the Foreign Births Register if you are eligible to become an Irish citizen. Find out what you need to do before you begin your online application.

At present, due to the complex nature of the Foreign Birth Registration and the pause in the Service due to the Covid-19 restrictions you should allow over 2 years for processing of Foreign Birth Registration applications at this time.

Applications will be processed strictly in order of the date that their supporting documents were received in the Passport Service in Ireland. Applicants are asked for patience as we process applications.

Applicants can make an urgent request where they are an expectant parent and where if they are not entered on the register, the child would not be entitled to Irish citizenship.

Applications should be made in good time as the Department cannot give any assurances that an entry will occur in time. Urgent requests can also be made where a person may be stateless. This will normally occur where a child is born to an Irish citizen overseas and is not entitled to citizenship locally. Supporting documentation must be submitted in order for any urgent request to be considered.

Requests for other circumstances will be considered but are unlikely to be granted due to the high number of other applications awaiting processing.

The contact number for urgent Foreign Birth Registration queries as described above is +353 1 568 3331.

The time range is currently under process. Please note that calls may be recorded for training and quality control purposes.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to process a high volume of calls.