Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (157, 158)

Pat Carey

Question:

259 Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the visa appeal by a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25608/04]

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

I can confirm that the visa application in question was approved on appeal on 18 October 2004.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

260 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if a person (details supplied) in County Louth will be granted a visa extension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25609/04]

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The person in question applied for a C visit visa in December 2003 to visit her son and grandchildren who were residing in the State. The visa application was refused as the deciding officer was not satisfied that the applicant would adhere to the conditions of the visa and return to China after her visit. In January 2004 an appeal against the refusal was received which included a statement that the applicant was not seeking an extension to the visa and would accept an endorsement on the visa to that effect. The visa appeals officer considered the application in the light of this new information and the applicant was granted a C visit visa on the 29 January 2004.

The applicant entered the State on 9 April 2004 and was granted permission to remain until 8 July 2004. As an exceptional measure, permission to remain for a further three months was granted to the person concerned by her local immigration officer. In light of the fact that the visa was granted on the understanding that the applicant would not seek to stay beyond the period of time for which she had applied, the immigration division of my Department is not prepared to grant any further extension of permission to remain in this case. It is open to the person concerned to re-apply from outside the State should she wish to return. She should include in her new visa application information outlining the purpose and duration of her intended stay.