Foreign Births Register
The Foreign Births Register (Irish: Leabhar Taifeadta Breitheanna Coigríche) is an official register of foreign births with Irish citizenship that is kept by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. A Foreign Births Entry Book is also maintained in every Irish diplomatic mission and consular office, the contents of which are from time to time transcribed into the Foreign Births Register.
The system of citizenship registration was established by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956. A child born outside Ireland to a parent who holds Irish citizenship and who was also born outside Ireland may acquire Irish citizenship by having the child's birth entered into the Foreign Births Register or a Foreign Births Entry Book. The citizenship of such children is effective from the date of registration, or for those registered on or before 30 June 1986, effective from the date of birth, or 17 July 1956 if the person was born before that date.
Once entered, a certified copy of the entry is issued (a small A5 certificate bearing a signature and the stamp of authenticity from the authority responsible for having made the entry e.g. Irish diplomatic mission). This certificate is handwritten on specially produced security paper which incorporates an intricate turquoise design and which may be used as proof of Irish citizenship when applying for a passport without any further proof of citizenship being required. A statutory fee is charged for access to this facility, as of March 1, 2013 new fees of €270.00, $362 USD, or $340 CAD were introduced. (Old fees ranged somewhere in the region of EUR 139, STG 100, CAD 240, or USD 217) and processing times vary from around 2 weeks to 10 months depending on the location and workload of the embassy/consulate concerned, or of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin if the birth is registered there.
- Section 27(1), Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, Irish Statute Book, Office of the Attorney General, Dublin, Ireland.
- Section 3(1), Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 2001, Irish Statute Book, Office of the Attorney General, Dublin, Ireland.
- Section 2, Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1986, Irish Statute Book, Office of the Attorney General, Dublin, Ireland.