Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (143)

Dan Boyle

Question:

143 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if a final decision on their status is likely to be made soon. [2620/04]

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

The person in question entered the State on 15 November 2001 and claimed asylum. The Refugee Applications Commissioner recommended that his claim be refused and he was informed of this recommendation on 1 August 2002. He appealed this recommendation on 23 August 2002. The Refugee Appeals Tribunal affirmed the recommendation and he was informed of this decision on 21 November 2002.

In accordance with section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999, he was informed on 14 April 2003 that it was proposed to make a deportation order in respect of him and was given the following options: to make written representations within 15 working days to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform setting out reasons he should be allowed to remain in the State or to voluntarily leave the State or to consent to deportation. An application for leave to remain was received from the person's legal representatives on 8 May 2003. I expect the case file to be submitted to me for consideration shortly.