Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (156)

Bernard Durkan


156. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in determination of residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23872/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, arising from the fact that the person concerned had no valid basis to remain in the State, they were, by letter dated 9th October, 2013, notified of the proposal to make a Deportation Order in respect of them, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). This communication advised the person concerned of the options open to them as a result which were to leave the State voluntarily, to consent to the making of a Deportation Order or to make written representations to the then Minister setting out the reasons why they should not have a Deportation Order made against them. Written representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned.

The position in the State of the person concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. All representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a final decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department 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 the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.