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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby h0b0 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:42 pm

I applied for Irish Citizenship via FBR through the London Embassy on the 18th July 2016 and similarly received my certificate on the 16th November. A turn around time of 17 weeks. Assuming they process applications in order then perhaps they are batching up outbound post.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby smurphin » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:22 pm

That's great jell & h0b0, so I guess Wavey's should be sent some time soon and hopefully I'll have mine before christmas. Thanks for letting us know.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:14 am

jell wrote:Hello, I thought it might be useful to let you know I applied for Irish Citizenship via FBR through the London Embassy on 8th August and have received my certificate today, 17th November, a turnaround time of about 14 weeks. Hope this helps.


h0b0 wrote:I applied for Irish Citizenship via FBR through the London Embassy on the 18th July 2016 and similarly received my certificate on the 16th November. A turn around time of 17 weeks. Assuming they process applications in order then perhaps they are batching up outbound post.


Thanks for both the above information, that is definitely excellent news.

May I ask if you sent a self addressed envelope for the embassy to return your documents/certficates to you and did you receive both documents + certificate at the same time, or were your documents returned first?

Was it sent recorded/tracked?

smurphin wrote:That's great jell & h0b0, so I guess Wavey's should be sent some time soon and hopefully I'll have mine before christmas. Thanks for letting us know.


I agree, exciting times, I was hopeful for after Christmas but this would be excellent.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby h0b0 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:26 am

I included a return envelope with a prepaid royal mail special delivery postage label attached. They sent back my documents, the fbr certificate and a cover letter all together. The certificate and cover letter were two a4 sheets so didn't add much in terms of weight or volume. The application form was retained.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby h0b0 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:49 am

The procedure has changed since I applied as now the fees include a postage and handling charge.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wilma1 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:56 am

All, thank you for the updates, it all sounds very positive.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:23 am

h0b0 wrote:I included a return envelope with a prepaid royal mail special delivery postage label attached. They sent back my documents, the fbr certificate and a cover letter all together. The certificate and cover letter were two a4 sheets so didn't add much in terms of weight or volume. The application form was retained.

Thanks for your reply, again.

Did your tracking number on yours become live?

I also sent a SAE just incase (I had read online you should) and I have also retained that tracking number to check.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby h0b0 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:38 pm

Royal mail special delivery tracking reported "Come back and check later" until the embassy posted the letter after which tracking reported delivery progress as expected.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:06 pm

Excellent news h0b0. I appreciate your responses.
I was going to renew my British passport this week but will hold off for a few more aweeks. I fly late January to the US so that is more than enough time if my FBR comes this side of 2016.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby doomster » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:41 pm

Thanks h0b0 and jell for the useful indication of timescales.
I posted mine on 22 August so am hoping it will come in the next month or so. Slight complication is that my grandmother's birth certificate was a different first name and date of birth ! I also had baptism record for her in the correct name so am hoping it is OK.
I hadn't realised there was a need to send an SAE; don't remember reading about it. I printed the form early July, but had a delay assembling all the certificates so not sure if the process had already changed to include the return postage by then or not. I had to send a postal order, which has not yet been cashed.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:48 pm

Evening Doomster

I would not worry too much about the SAE I'm sure I read it whilst fine-reading the paperwork and it definitely wasn't on the DFA.IE page or print out of application. I did read if an SAE was not sent then when sending documents/certificate back they would only send first class Royal Mail.
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby h0b0 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:08 am

Hi wavey, I read that you are hoping to get by on one passport and prefer an Irish one over a British one. Is it the case that for a uk resident an Irish passport is always as good as a British one?

I'm thinking more about readmission to the uk after brexit rather than minor visa fee differences around the world. After brexit I anticipate eu passports in general won't give free access to the uk. Is it expected that an Irish passport will allow access due to the common travel area?
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:32 pm

h0b0 wrote:Hi wavey, I read that you are hoping to get by on one passport and prefer an Irish one over a British one. Is it the case that for a uk resident an Irish passport is always as good as a British one?

I'm thinking more about readmission to the uk after brexit rather than minor visa fee differences around the world. After brexit I anticipate eu passports in general won't give free access to the uk. Is it expected that an Irish passport will allow access due to the common travel area?

Evening h0b0,

You are correct as in readmission to the UK would (potentially post brexit) be harder with an Irish Passport compared to a U.K. one.

However, no one knows currently what the state of admission to EU states will be as a British passport holder as of now.

Due to work I travel a lot (inter European countries for example Spain to Germany) so I would rather keep my options open in the long term.

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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:09 pm

FAYI

I have contacted the post office again regarding the postal order and it has still not been cashed.

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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wilma1 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:06 pm

How coincidental! I likewise checked my bank today, the draft is still not cashed
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:21 pm

FYI,

I have just checked my tracking (randomly) for the SAE I sent with my application and it is showing it has been sent with a delivery date of tomorrow?!

Will update tomorrow.

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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Sweet Mistakes » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:44 pm

Hey Wavey!
Just wondered if you received your FBR certificate today?
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Wavey » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:18 pm

Sweet Mistakes wrote:Hey Wavey!
Just wondered if you received your FBR certificate today?

Evening,

Apologies for such a late response in the day, I have been extremely busy.

I have indeed received my FBR certificate!

A few bits of information to those (Wilma, Doomster etc)

My certificate is dated 14/11 and the cover letter is dated 17/11 and was posted yesterday. This all but confirms that they despatch in batches, My SAE I sent had markings of (I believe 15/29) on the front, maybe this is the order they were received in, in a certain week/month/day?

All documents were returned minus the application form and added was the certificate and the cover letter.

Fingers crossed you see yours this side of 2016 Wilma, hopefully next week!

I will keep checking this weekly for a while in hopes to answer any queries that any of you may have.

In summary - from sending to the certificate being created was 91 days, 94 days until the summary letter was printed and 113 days until I received my certificate.

Regards

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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby Sweet Mistakes » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:42 pm

I also have a query which i'm unsure if anyone here can help me with?

I'm currently in the process of ordering supporting documents for the FBR through descent from my Grandfather, who was married three times, and wondering if you think i'll need to supply all three of these marriage certificates, along with a divorce certificate and two death certificates for his wives?

His first marriage was to my mothers, mother, to whom he then divorced.
Might it be possible for me to just send these two papers to confirm my mothers heritage?
I don't want to be ordering certificates that are not relevant to to my application as of course this will become expensive and they will never be used. He also, being the male of the relationships, will never have changed his name throughout his life, therefore these certificates will have no bearing on his name.

How many certificates do you think i can get away with sending for the application?

Any help will be appreciated, thank you xxx
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Re: Foreign Birth Registration?

Postby damocov » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:01 am

Been lurking for a while and I've seen that it seems the time scales are looking less than the 6 month estimates, glad to see that Wavey who started this thread has got his certificate now, so I thought I'd add my details to help aid other lurkers tracking their applications.

For reference I applied for FBR to the London embassy on the 1st November (received and signed for on the 2nd), so fingers crossed I'll be hearing from them about the end of January.

My Sister resident in Scotland applied to the Edinburgh consulate about 4 weeks earlier so it should be interesting to see the relative speeds...
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