I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it received a request for permission to reside in this State from the person concerned on 7 August 2018. INIS sought further information 17 August from the person's legal representative, however, INIS has no record of a response to that request. I understand that it remains open to the person to provide the information and the request will be considered further by INIS in light of a response.
The Deputy may be aware that I launched a new scheme on 15 October 2018 which allows certain non-EEA nationals, who came to Ireland to study between January 2005 and December 2010, to apply for permission to remain in the State.
Eligible applicants may apply for a permission to remain in the State, including the right to reside and work in the State, and will be subject to renewal after two years. The Scheme is open for on-line applications until 20 January 2019. The person concerned may wish to consult the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie for further information.
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.