Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (203)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

203. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current position in the matter of determination of eligibility for long-term residency/naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18143/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The persons concerned have been granted leave to remain in the State for the three year period ending 15 October, 2015, following the consideration of their respective cases under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). These decisions were conveyed in writing to the persons concerned by individual letters dated 15 October, 2012.

It will be open to the persons concerned to apply to the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service for a Certificate of Naturalisation when they are in a position to meet the lawful residency criteria applicable to the lodgement of such applications. Details on the criteria to be met by persons lodging such applications are available from my Department's Website (www.justice.ie).

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.