Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (225)

Bernard Durkan


225. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26524/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in May 2011. As the person referred to by the Deputy did not confirm on his application form that he intended to reside in the State after naturalisation, one of the statutory conditions for naturalisation, his application was deemed to be ineligible. The person concerned was informed of this in a letter dated 6 July 2011. It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases 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.