Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (188)

Bernard Durkan


188. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will extend the date within which the various options available to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow as referred to in correspondence from the immigration officer of 2 April 2014 wherein reference was made to the original letter, undated, but which required a response within 15 working days in view of the fact that this person was not aware of this correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18330/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department, that the person referred to by the Deputy had failed to report for a supervised departure from the State on 05 December 2012. On the 17 February 2014 the Garda Naturalisation Immigration Bureau (GNIB) wrote to INIS requesting that an intention to deport letter be issued to the person concerned. The intention to deport letter was forwarded to the GNIB on 01 April 2014 for service by hand to the person concerned.

The INIS has made enquiries in this matter and I am informed that it appears that it was not possible to deliver the letter. In the circumstances, INIS will make arrangements for the letter to be reissued to the person concerned: the 15 working day period set out in the letter will apply from the date it has been served by hand or posted by registered post, as appropriate.

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 Question 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.