Thursday, 1 June 2006

Questions (179, 180)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

180 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 208 of 18 May 2006, if he will provide the full answer based on the information at his disposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21450/06]

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

Further to the Deputy's question of 19 May 2006 and the person's application for Family Reunification. Following a review of the application and the verification of the authenticity of the documents, mentioned in the Deputy's previous question, by the embassy of the issuing country, a decision was made to grant the application for Family Reunification. I hope that this clarifies the matter.

Michael Ring

Question:

181 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the steps to obtain stamp 4 residency for a person (details supplied) who has lived here since May 2001, has a valid work permit and is the parent of two Irish born children; if it is possible to obtain a stamp 4 without first being approved naturalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21451/06]

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The position in relation to granting long term residency is as follows: Persons who have been legally resident in the State for over five years (ie: 60 months) on the basis of work permit/work authorisation/work visa conditions may apply to the Immigration Division of my Department for a five year residency extension. In that context they may also apply to be exempt from employment permit requirements.

The dependants of the aforementioned, who have been legally resident in the State for over five years (ie: 60 months) may also apply for long term residency. This particular long term permission does not exempt the person from employment permit requirements.

The Immigration Division of my Department is currently giving priority to applications for a long term residency extension in respect of persons who fulfil the legal residency criteria and whose permission to remain expires in the coming weeks.

The documents concerned are: 1. Clear and legible copy of passport (all pages). In the event that the passport has been renewed since commencing employment, a copy of the previous passport must be provided. 2. Copy of Certificate of Registration. 3. Copies of work permits/working visa endorsements/work authorisation endorsements.

Persons who obtain a Certificate of Naturalisation are Irish citizens from the date of issue of the certificate. Such persons do not need to apply for permission to reside in the State.