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.