Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (412)

Bernard Durkan


412. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15089/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy arrived in the State on 16/11/2002 and was granted permission as a work permit holder to remain up to 4/11/2003. He re-entered the State on 16/09/2010 and was granted permission as a work permit holder to remain up to 27/01/2012. Since that date this person has remained in the State without the appropriate permission. This is in breach of Section 5(1) of the Immigration Act 2004 which provides that no non-national may be in the State other than in accordance with the terms of any permission given to him by or on behalf of the Minister. Furthermore, Section 5(2) of the Act provides that a non-national who is in the State in contravention of subsection (1) is for all purposes unlawfully present in the State.

The person concerned should immediately contact their local Garda Immigration Officer.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by email 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 email service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.