Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (301, 302, 303)

Michael Ring

Question:

442 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reasons visas were refused to persons (details supplied) considering that the husband and father of the applicants is living and working in County Mayo; and if he will review these applications. [25031/04]

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

The visa applications in question were to enable the wife and children of a non-EEA national employed under the work permit scheme to reside with him in the State. A worker employed under the work permit scheme may be joined by his or her spouse and minor children after the worker has been in the State for one year and has been offered a contract for a further year. The worker must also be able to fully support the family members in question without the need to have recourse to public funds. The applications in question were refused as the supporting documentation did not show that the worker in question was in a position to fully support his family. It is open to the applicants to appeal against the refusals by writing to the visa appeals officer in my Department.

Michael Ring

Question:

443 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason a person (details supplied) from Kenya was refused a visa to visit a person in County Mayo. [25032/04]

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A visa application on behalf of the person concerned was received in my Department on 20 August 2004 for the stated purpose of coming to Ireland for a holiday period of almost three weeks. The applicant named a sponsor in Ireland on her visa application form. However, no documentation was submitted to show they had ever met. The visa officer who examined the application took into account the information provided in the application and the applicant's ties and general circumstances in her country of origin, her immigration history, as well as the relative attractiveness and feasibility of the applicant remaining in the State. The application was refused because the visa officer was unable to conclude, on the basis of the documentation supplied to my Department, that the applicant would observe the conditions of the visa. It is open to the applicant to appeal against the refusal by writing to the visa appeals officer in my Department.

Michael Ring

Question:

444 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason visa applications were refused for a person (details supplied) considering that their relative has a valid work permit for employment in Castlebar, County Mayo; and if these applications will be reviewed. [25033/04]

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The visa applications in question were to enable the husband and child of a non-EEA national employed under the work permit scheme to reside with her in the State. A worker employed under the work permit scheme may be joined by his or her spouse and minor children after a worker has been in the State for one year and has been offered a contract for a further year. The worker must also be able to fully support the family members in question without the need to have recourse to public funds. The applications in question were refused as the supporting documentation did not show that the worker in question was in a position to fully support her family.

An appeal on the applications which consisted of a letter from the Deputy was received in my Department on 6 October 2004. The visa appeals officer, having re-examined the applications, upheld the original decision. It is open to the applicants to make fresh visa applications with up to date supporting documentation, and the matter will be considered anew.