Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (197)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

197. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position in regard to determination of residency status and or eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18135/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned had a Deportation Order made against him, following the refusal of his asylum application and the subsequent consideration of his case under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). He lodged judicial review proceedings in the High Court, challenging the decision to make a Deportation Order against him. These proceedings were 'settled'. Arising from this settlement, the Deportation Order was revoked and the person concerned was afforded the opportunity to submit, within a specified period, fresh representations pursuant to Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). Such representations have been submitted and will be considered, along with all other information on file, before a final decision is taken in this case. Once a decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

The Deputy should note that as the person concerned has no current right of residency in the State, he would not, at this time, be in a position to meet the lawful residency criteria applicable to persons applying to my Department for a Certificate of Naturalisation.

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.