Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (266)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

266. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49388/12]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I refer the Deputy to my response to Dáil Question No 171 of 25 October, 2012. The decision referred to in that question issued to the person concerned on the 25 October, 2012. The person referred to by the Deputy arrived in Ireland on 19 May, 2006 and as a consequence is ineligible for consideration under the 2004 Student Probationary Extension.

The person concerned has availed of the 'Timed Out' student transitional measure introduced under the New Regime for Students launched in January, 2011 as a concession to those students affected by the changes brought about by the New Regime. He would have been aware that the purpose of those measures was to facilitate students with an opportunity to secure an alternative immigration permission, namely an employment permit or a Green Card employment permit without being required to return to and apply from their country of origin. Persons who have not been able to avail of that opportunity are required to leave the State.

The person referred to by the Deputy has not secured alternative immigration permission and is therefore required to leave the State.

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.