Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (548)

Bernard Durkan


548. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who is requesting that divorce documentation from Nigeria be recognised; the additional information that is required to bring the matter to a conclusion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31553/13]

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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 24 March, 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. In 2007 the permission was renewed for three years. The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) renewed her permission to remain subsequently in 2010. She was registered by GNIB on 28 February 2013, with the latest renewal period expiring on 10 March, 2015.

I should add that I am not aware of any issues relating to the divorce documentation of the person concerned with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service ( INIS). With regard to naturalisation, I can inform the Deputy that the application for naturalisation of the person concerned has entered the final stage of processing and I intend to grant citizenship. The person concerned has been invited to attend a citizenship ceremony on 4 July 2013, at which she will make a declaration of fidelity to the Irish Nation and loyalty to the State and receive her certificate of naturalisation.

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.