How long does it take to process my application?
At present, due to the complex nature of the Foreign Birth Registration it takes approximately 12 -18 months to process a completed Foreign Birth Registration application. If you are an expectant parent applying to be entered on the Foreign Birth Register, you should mark this clearly on your application.
Have you received my application and documentation?
We advise you to send your application by recorded post so that you can track its delivery, as we do not acknowledge receipt of post.
What is the current status of my application?
At present, due to the complex nature of the Foreign Birth Registration it takes approximately 12 -18 months to process a completed Foreign Birth Registration application. If we require further documentation we will contact you.
Do you return all of my certificates?
Yes. At the end of the process we will return all your original certificates to the address on your application form.
Should I send a prepaid envelope for return of my documentation?
No, all your documentation will be returned by recorded mail – you will have to sign for the package.
Can I bring my application to your office in person?
No, we do not have a public office. Applications must be sent by post to the address given on your printed application form.
Can I apply for an Irish passport at the same time as applying for Foreign Birth Registration?
No, you cannot apply for an Irish passport until you are an Irish citizen.
What name will be printed on my FBR certificate?
Your FBR certificate will feature your name exactly as it appears on your birth certificate. If you have changed your name since birth you may still get an Irish passport in the name you use by providing the appropriate documentation. Further details on how to apply for a passport that will show a new name can be found here. Similarly, your Irish citizen parent's name on your FBR certificate will be exactly as it appears on their birth certificate.