Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (126)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if residency status will be upgraded in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9257/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I refer the Deputy to my response to his Parliamentary Question No. 118 of 7 December 2017. I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the situation remains unchanged.

After full consideration of this case, in correspondence, dated 26 September 2017, INIS wrote to the person concerned offering them temporary and limited immigration permission to remain in the State on Stamp 0 conditions for one year as a person of independent means. On 23 November 2017, the person concerned wrote to INIS via the Deputy stating that Stamp 0 was insufficient to meet their needs.

In correspondence, dated 23 November 2017, INIS wrote back to the person concerned clarifying that they do not qualify for any other permission to remain in the State other than Stamp 0 permission. Enclosed with this letter, also dated 23 November 2017, was a second letter offering the person concerned limited immigration permission to remain in the State on Stamp 0 conditions for one year as a person of independent means. INIS await a response to this second letter of offer.

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