Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (142)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

146 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current or expected position in respect of an application for residency or naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23386/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice and Equality)

I am advised that the person in question made an application for a permanent residence card to EU Treaty Rights Section of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) on 6 January 2012.

This application was acknowledged by letter on 18 January 2012 and additional documentation in support of the application was requested at that time. Further letters were issued to the applicant on 9 March 2012 and 1 May 2012 again requesting additional documentation in order to further process the application and a response to these letters is still awaited.

Officials in the Citizenship Division of INIS inform me that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's question.

It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended.

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