Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (201)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

201. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for the necessary visa to enter this country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45481/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The visa application referred to by the Deputy has been created online but the supporting documents have not, to date, been lodged with the Embassy, which is necessary in order to have it processed. Once lodged, a Visa Officer will assess the application and supporting documents and make a determination about this case. Each visa application is considered on its individual merits, the onus resting with the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer as to why the visa should be granted.

Comprehensive information on the visa application process is available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (www.inis.gov.ie). It should be borne in mind however that the information contained on the website is intended to act as a guideline only. It does not limit the discretion of the Visa Officer in dealing with individual applications.

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.