Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (107)

Bernard Durkan


107. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a visa will be issued on humanitarian grounds to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38016/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed that the person referred to by the Deputy lodged a visa application at the Irish Embassy in Nairobi on 18 September 2019.

I am further informed that the Embassy will process the application under delegated sanction from my Department.  The Embassy has assured the applicant that his application will be processed in good time for his expected travel date.

It is open to any visa required national to apply for a visa to travel to Ireland for any purpose.  All visa applications must be made on my Department's Automated Visa Application and Tracking System (AVATS).  The Immigration Service of my Department publishes comprehensive information on the visa application process ( The information provided on the website is intended to provide guidance only.  It does not limit the discretion of the visa officer in dealing with an individual application, which is assessed on its own merits.  The onus rests, at all times, with the applicant to satisfy the visa officer that the visa sought should be granted.

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 Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the Immigration Service is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.