Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (221)

Bernard Durkan


221. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position and progress made to date in the determination of eligibility for residency or naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26519/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned was granted temporary permission to remain in the State under stamp 4 conditions on 6 April 2005 for an initial two year period, under the revised arrangements applicable to the non-EEA national parents of Irish born children born in the State before 1 January, 2005, more commonly known as the IBC/05 Scheme. The permission was renewed in 2007 and was renewed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau, GNIB, subsequently with the last renewal period expiring on 6 April 2013.

I am informed that the person concerned attempted to register with the GNIB on 15 May 2013, however, his registration was not processed and he was advised to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, with a view to regularising his status in the State. Accordingly the person concerned should now make a formal written renewal request to INIS, PO Box 10003, Dublin 1. Upon receipt of such request, his case will be examined and a decision made on his future status in the State.

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in May 2012. The application is being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.

As well as being a significant event in the life of its recipient, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation as provided for in law is also a major step for the State which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

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 this 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.