Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (412)

Brendan Howlin


412. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice if she will sanction the issuing of a work permit for a person (details supplied), given that it is not possible to supply documentation as requested by her Department. [2222/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The application for a labour market access permission, for the person referred to by the Deputy, is currently pending as the Immigration Service of my Department is waiting for the applicant to provide identity documents or to confirm the efforts they have made to establish their identity. To date, the applicant’s responses have not provided either identity documents or an explanation of the efforts made to obtain same. When a satisfactory response is obtained, the Immigration Service of my Department will be in a position to issue a decision on this application.

Eligibility for a labour market access permission under the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018, is subject to a number of conditions, which are set out in Regulations 11, 12, 16 and 27. Principally these are that the applicant makes reasonable efforts to establish their identity, co-operates with the international protection process and has not received a first instance decision before 9 months have elapsed.

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.