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Foreign Birth Registration Review Process

1. Seek a review of a decision to refuse an application for entry in the Foreign Births Register

1.1 If a decision is taken not to enter the birth of an applicant in the Foreign Births Register, and the applicant 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 the option to seek a review by an officer other than the original decision-maker.

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

The decision of the reviewer shall be final.

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 have 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.

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. Seek a review of a decision to amend or delete an entry in the Foreign Births Register

2.1 In accordance with Regulation 11 of the Foreign Births Regulations 20013, Statutory Instrument 47 of 2013 the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade may amend or delete an entry from the Foreign Births Register.

Under Regulation 12 (2) c of the Foreign Births Regulations 20013 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 Review, Consular Directorate, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 VY53.

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