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Foreign Birth Registration Appeals Process

1. Appeal a decision to refuse an application for entry in the Foreign Birth Register

1.1 If a decision is taken not to award entry in the Foreign Birth Register to an applicant who has submitted all the required documentation, then a letter of refusal will issue to the applicant detailing the reasons why the refusal is being made and informing them of their right to appeal.

Appeals must be made within 6 weeks from the date of the letter of refusal in writing to FBR Appeals Officer, Consular Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 VY53.

1.2 If an application is returned to an applicant who has not submitted all the required documentation then that application becomes invalid if six months has elapsed from the date the applicant signed the original application. In this instance the applicant must start the application process again once they are in possession of all the required documentation.

If before this six month period has elapsed, the applicant may resubmit that application only if all the required documentation can be submitted with the application.

2. Appeal a decision to amend or delete an entry in the Foreign Birth Register

2.1 In accordance with Regulation 4 (2) c of the Foreign Births (Amendment) Regulations 2009, Statutory Instrument 408 of 2009 the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade can amend or delete an entry from the Foreign Birth Register.

Under Regulation 4 (2) c of the Foreign Births (Amendment) Regulations 2009 a person may make representations in writing in respect of the proposed deletion not later than three months from the date of the letter of notification of intention to delete an entry.

These representations should be made to FBR Appeals Officer, Consular Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 VY53.

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