Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Questions (93)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

93. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of long-stay join family single entry D visas issued in 2015 and 2016 and to date in 2017; the number of refusals for same; the average processing time; the process involved in processing this category; the number issued on a country basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24989/17]

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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 tables set out the position in relation to the ten highest number of applications by nationality and a combined figure for all other nationalities (up to 90) for the years requested by the Deputy.

I am further advised by INIS that the time taken to complete "join family" visa applications in the Dublin Visa office where all necessary information is available to the Visa Officer is currently 5 months. This is within the business target time of 6 to 12 months for this type of visa application. Applications processed in the seven Visa Offices abroad generally have a shorter processing time.

While every effort generally is made to process these applications as soon as possible, processing times will vary having regard to the volume of applications, their complexity, the possible need to investigate, enquire into, or seek further information in relation to certain applications, and the resources available. Any delays in achieving the business target are primarily related to the processing of more complex cases where the provision of additional documentation is requested or where detailed assessments of family rights under the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights are required.

Further information on the application process is available on the INIS website at - http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Join%20Family

2015

Decided

Granted

Refused

India

1,448

1,408

40

Pakistan

600

529

71

Saudi Arabia

388

388

0

People's Republic of China

379

349

30

Philippines

329

288

41

Nigeria

199

135

64

Ukraine

173

172

1

Egypt

166

150

16

Russian Federation

151

148

3

Sudan

138

136

2

Others

1,329

1,129

200

Total

5,300

4,832 (91%)

468 (9%)

2016

Decided

Granted

Refused

India

1,934

1,913

21

Pakistan

515

487

28

Saudi Arabia

512

507

5

People's Republic of China

385

376

9

Egypt

290

277

13

Nigeria

222

151

71

Philippines

202

194

8

Sudan

164

163

1

Russian Federation

150

147

3

Ukraine

99

94

5

Others

1,323

1,153

170

Total

5,796

5,462 (94%)

334 (6%)

2017 (up to 22 May)

Decided

Granted

Refused

India

713

700

13

Pakistan

371

300

71

Philippines

118

94

24

People's Republic of China

115

108

7

Egypt

84

82

2

Saudi Arabia

76

76

0

Nigeria

75

62

13

Sudan

60

60

0

Syrian Arab Republic

48

44

4

Bangladesh

46

42

4

Other

460

401

59

Total

2,166

1,969 (91%)

197 (9%)