Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (757, 758)

Gay Mitchell

Question:

879 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if it will be possible for the mother of the family to return home for a week to Egypt. [1574/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The person in question does not have current permission to reside in the State. She may return to Egypt but having done so will be in the same position as any other Egyptian national who wishes to enter the State. She will have to apply for a visa. The fact that a person has made an application to reside in the State does not confer on him or her a right to re enter the State at any time until that application is determined.

Jack Wall

Question:

880 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position of an appeal made by a person (details supplied) against a decision to refuse their application for a visa for their daughter to visit Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1601/04]

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The visa application in this case was refused due to insufficient supporting documentation. In particular, there was no evidence that the child's father had consented to the child travelling to Ireland to reside with her mother. In addition, the child's mother had not indicated her status in the State.

An appeal against the refusal was received in November 2003. The visa appeals officer, having re-considered the application, upheld the original decision. In this regard, it was noted that the mother's permission to reside was due to expire in the coming weeks. It is, of course, open to the applicant to make a fresh application with up to date supporting documentation and the matter will be considered anew.