Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (130)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

130 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the correct procedure to be followed whereby a minor currently living outside the EU but under the legal joint guardianship of Irish citizens living in this country who may have to exercise the guardianship by way of bringing the child to this jurisdiction due to the state of the parents health; if a procedure should by way of visa or other residency procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32951/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

I am advised by officials in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that they require more detailed information to be in a position to respond to the matters raise by the Deputy. Such additional information would include a copy of the guardianship agreement, the nationality of the child and parents, and medical reports in relation to the health of the parents.

I believe in the circumstances, it would be best for the people concerned to contact the General Immigration Division, INIS, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 outlining the full particulars of this case supported by the following documentation:

1. Full copies of any passports held by the child and his or her parents.

2. Name, Age, Nationality of the Child concerned and his or her parents.

3. Evidence of legal guardianship.

4. Medical report in relation to child's parents.

On receipt of the above information, INIS will be in a better position to advise the persons concerned in relation to this case.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.