Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (279)

Bernard Durkan


279. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37255/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by Immigration Service of my Department that a new application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 20 November 2018. Processing of this application is on-going, with a view to establishing whether the conditions for naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, are satisfied. On completion of the necessary processing the application will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.

 The fact that a person may have previously had an application refused does not preclude or disqualify them from submitting a fresh application in the future. Indeed, the letter advising an applicant of a negative decision informs them that they may re-apply at any time. The letter also advises that, when considering making such a re-application, they should give due regard to the reasons for the refusal, which were contained in the submission attached to the refusal letter, and that any further application will be considered taking into account all statutory and administrative conditions applicable at the time of the application. 

 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.