I am advised by the Immigration Service of my Department that the person referred to does not have a live application for naturalisation but does have an application pending for permission to remain in the State as the parent of an Irish citizen child. This application is being dealt with by the relevant section of the Immigration Service of my Department. The application was submitted on 15 October 2018.
I am further advised by Immigration Service, that permission to parents of Irish Citizen Children is granted where the applicant can show that they are playing an active role in the life of the Irish Citizen Child. The child must also be continuously residing in Ireland. If the person concerned is granted permission as the parent of an Irish Citizen Child, the child will need to attend when they are registering their permission.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the Immigration Service 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 Immigration Service is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.