Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (671)

Peadar Tóibín


671. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason an appeal against the decision to deny persons (details supplied) 90 day visas will, according to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, likely take eight weeks to process. [31852/19]

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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 visa appeal was received in the Visa Office in Dublin on 4 July 2019.

In order to be fair to all applicants, appeals are generally processed in the chronological order in which they are received.  While every effort is made to process appeals as soon as possible, processing times will vary having regard to the volume of appeals received, the resources available to process them and the individual complexity of the application and subsequent appeal.  It is currently expected to be about eight weeks to reach and decide on the application referred to.

I am further advised by INIS that each visa application is considered on its individual merits.  In assessing an application, the Visa Officer will have regard to all of the information available to them including any previous applications made. The onus rests at all times with the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer that any visa sought should be granted.  Guidelines on the application process including details of the required supporting documentation are provided on the INIS website (www.inis.gov.ie) and visa applicants are advised to read them.

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.