Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (545)

Bernard Durkan


545. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31550/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person referred to by the Deputy, made a Family Reunification application in March 2012. The application was forwarded to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) for investigation as required under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996. The investigation was completed by ORAC on 5th June 2012 and a report was forwarded to INIS. As a result of matters arising from the ORAC report, the application was returned by INIS to ORAC for further investigation and an addendum to the ORAC report was received by INIS on 31st May 2013. The application is currently under consideration by INIS and the decision reached will be communicated to the person in question in due course.

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.