Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (546)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

546. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding a naturalisation application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20943/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that valid applications for a certificate of naturalisation have been received from the person referred to by the Deputy, on behalf of her minor children.

The supporting documentation that must be submitted with an application is set out in the guidance accompanying the application form. If additional documentation is required by a processing officer then this will be requested in writing.

The relevant section has been notified of the difficulties experienced by the person concerned in obtaining the requested documentation. Where the section is informed by an applicant that additional time is required to obtain requested information or documentation, additional time will in all cases be allowed. A letter is being issued to the person concerned to confirm the position.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases 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.