Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (128)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

128 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the basis on which it was determined that a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is not eligible by reason of duration of residency grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32949/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's Question was received in the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in October 2011.

On examination of the application submitted it was determined that the person in question did not meet that statutory residency requirements as set out in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. The person concerned was informed of this in a letter issued to her on 22 June 2012.

It is open to the individual referred to by the Deputy to lodge a further application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the prescribed statutory requirements. The on-line Naturalisation Residency Calculator available on the INIS web-site at www.inis.gov.ie can be used as a guide to whether an individual satisfies the naturalisation residency conditions and, if not, give an indication of how long they should wait before making an application.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.