Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (134)

Éamon Ó Cuív


134. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a decision will be made on a visa appeal lodged by a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in making a decision on the appeal; if such visa appeals are taking ten months to consider; if so, the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50767/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Justice)

A visa appeal was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in the Visa Office in Dublin on 24 May 2019.

Appeals are processed in the chronological order in which they are received. While every effort is made to process applications 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. Processing times may also vary where a detailed assessment of family rights under the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights is required.

I cannot, at this time, give a definitive date as to when this particular appeal will be finalised, however, my officials are endeavouring to progress these appeals as quickly as possible.

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.