Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (245)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

245. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of requests for an earlier appointment with INIS for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51213/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that the Registration Office of the Immigration Service in my Department operates an online appointment system which aims to provide certainty to those who come for registration so that they are dealt with within the hour of their appointment. The onus rests with the applicant to ensure that they apply in good time prior to the expiry of their residence permission. Cancelled appointments are automatically released back into the system and time slots for appointments are made available twice per day.

There has been an increased demand for appointments in the past year. The Registration Office in Burgh Quay is currently registering more than 500 people every day and is opening every weekend in an effort to meet demand.

If an urgent appointment is required, the person referred to may send an email to burghquayregoffice@justice.ie outlining the reason and she may be facilitated with an earlier appointment depending on the circumstances of the emergency.