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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 5 November 2013

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Questions (794)

Billy Timmins


794. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding a visa stamp 3 application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46465/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

On 10th April 2013, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department received an application from the persons concerned requesting a renewal of their permission to remain in the State on Stamp 3 conditions. Residence permission had originally been granted to the principal person as a lay volunteer of a religious institution and his family members had been granted permission as a result of his status. On 27th June 2013 a letter issued to the applicants' requesting copies of their passports. These were received on 1st August 2013.

An examination of the passports showed that the applicants' were at that time residing outside the State and had been since 28th June 2013. Further correspondence indicated that the spouse of the principal person and their children had re-entered the State on 23rd August 2013. On 10th September 2013 a letter was issued requesting evidence that the principal person had re-entered the State and if he had not, that a date be provided as to when he intended to return.

On 19th September 2013 a letter was received from the principal's spouse stating that her spouse was still outside the State and that he would not return until 25th October 2013. The letter also stated that the principal's spouse and his children had re-entered the State in order that their children could continue with their schooling. On 21st October 2013 a letter was issued to the applicants' refusing their application and requesting them to leave the State by 23rd November 2013. It is open to the applicants to submit to INIS further information or documentation setting out the circumstances that they believe would support a review of the decision in their case.