The person concerned has sought a right of residency in the State, accompanied by a right to work, in line with the principles set out in the European Court of Justice Judgment in the Zambrano case. While the person concerned has submitted much of the information and documentation requested of her in the context of her application, she has not yet provided my Department with documentary evidence that her child is entitled to claim Irish citizenship. She has been advised to this effect on a number of occasions, most recently in a letter dated 20th November, 2012 sent to her legal representative.
Upon receipt of the outstanding documentation, the position in the State of the person concerned can be considered further. The Deputy should note that as the person concerned has no current right of residency in the State, she would not, at present, be in a position to meet the lawful residency criteria applicable to persons applying to my Department for a Certificate of Naturalisation. Additionally, while the person concerned had permission to remain in the State for a period between late 2007 and early 2011, this was on the basis of student conditions which would not count as 'reckon-able residency' in the context of an application for a Certificate of Naturalisation.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the 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 the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.