The visa application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Visa Office, Abuja, on 15 November 2012. Following full consideration, the Visa Officer decided to refuse the grant of the visa on 25 March 2013, as the marriage certificate provided with the application was not accepted as valid and there were inconsistencies in the information supplied for the application, specific details of which are contained in the refusal letter.
In addition, the reference in Ireland is currently entitled to Family Income Supplement because of her low level of income. Consequently her income is not considered sufficient to support another adult and as such the granting of a visa may result in a cost to Public Funds and Resources.
It is open to the person concerned to appeal the decision to refuse the visa. An appeal must be made within two months of the date of refusal, in this instance before the 25 May 2013. Where doing so, the applicant should be in a position to address the reasons for the refusal. Guidelines regarding the visa appeals procedure are available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service - www.inis.gov.ie.
Queries in relation to general immigration matters 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.