Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (228)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Question:

228. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on the application for a partnership visa in respect of a person (details supplied); the average timeframe for a review to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10668/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by officials in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person concerned submitted an application for a residence card under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 (the "Regulations"), as the partner of an EU citizen.

The person concerned was informed by letter dated 12 February, 2013 of the decision to refuse the application for a residence card under EU Treaty Rights. The person concerned was given 15 working days from 12 February, 2013 to seek a review of this decision, and no request for a review has been received to date. I am further informed that the current time frame for consideration of reviews under EU Treaty Rights is approximately six months.

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.