Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (538)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

538. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 162 of 17 January 2013, wherein the change of application for status was refused on the basis that the applicant had permission to be in the State on Stamp 3 conditions up to 17 February 2013 but had no entitlement to the change of status requested given that they had made their application in good time to enable the authorities to assess their application and having particular regard to the suggestion contained in the reply that they may apply again for change of status; if their circumstances have changed as their permission is due to expire soon; if he will further clarify entitlement to upgrade of status and/or eligibility for naturalisation in their case and that of their spouse (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8105/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As previously outlined in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 162 of 17 January 2013, the person referred to by the Deputy had no entitlement to the change of status requested. The person in question may apply to the General Immigration Division of INIS if her circumstances have changed. I wish to inform the Deputy that the person concerned has recently submitted an application for Long Term Residency as a dependent of her spouse. Such applications are processed on a case by case basis, taking individual circumstances into account. It is open to any person who may qualify for Naturalisation to make an application to the Citizenship Division of this Department.

Queries regarding 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.