Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (251)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

251. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the options open to a person (details supplied) who is here on a holiday visa and who wishes to legally extend their stay here. [49106/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that it is not the practice to extend a permission to remain to persons admitted on holiday visas for a period of 90 days or less, save in very exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. The reason for this approach is that an extension of visitor's permission should not generally arise in circumstances where the person has accurately and fully disclosed their purpose for intending to come to the State at the visa application stage and/or to an immigration officer at port of entry.

Where exceptional and unforeseen circumstances arise, the person may contact the General Immigration Section of INIS to seek to extend their stay in the State.