Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Ceisteanna (559)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

713 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a green card or travel document will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who has been granted leave to remain here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31129/09]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) advises me that while the person in question was refused refugee status following appeal, he was recently, as an exceptional measure granted temporary permission to remain in the State for one year until 25 June 2010. He is now required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. One of the requirements for registration is the production of a valid national passport. As the person in question is a national of the Democratic Republic of Congo it is advisable for him to seek consular assistance from his own national authorities in relation to the procurement of a passport in the event that he is not in possession of one or a temporary travel document to facilitate travel in order to obtain same. In exceptional cases an application for Irish temporary travel document may be considered. In all such cases, INIS must be satisfied that there is no alternative open to the applicant before an Irish temporary travel document will issue.

An application for an Irish temporary travel document will only be considered by the Immigration Services Section in INIS on receipt of a fully completed application form. Supporting documentation accompanying any such application should include original correspondence from the relevant consular authority outlining the steps necessary to be followed by the person to facilitate the procurement of a DRC national passport if their presence is required outside the State. It remains open to the person in question to submit an application for a temporary travel document accompanied with the relevant supporting documentation to the Travel Document Unit of INIS which is located at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.