Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (250)

Paul Murphy

Question:

250. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the two-year delay for a review by the INIS of the EU treaty rights of a person (details supplied) who has applied for citizenship. [49690/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Officials in my Department have confirmed that an EU Treaty Rights review application was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 5 December 2017. This review is in respect of a negative decision made on an application for retention of a residence card as a family member of an EU citizen. The length of time it takes to process applications may vary depending on a number of factors, including the volume of applications on hand.

The EU Treaty Rights Review section of my Department is experiencing significant backlogs at the present time due to an unprecedented increase in the number of applications made. Although I cannot provide a definitive date upon which this application will be concluded, the Deputy and the person concerned may be assured that there will be no avoidable delay in the processing of the application.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.