I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a valid passport is normally required to enable an applicant to register their permission to reside in the State. Where an applicant does not hold a valid passport, a temporary registration can be issued, at the discretion of an immigration officer, to give the applicant time to arrange for a new passport.
I am further advised that the applicant referred to by the Deputy currently has permission to reside in the State, and that a temporary registration is being processed for him. This temporary registration permission will be extended when the applicant presents a new passport to the INIS Registration Office.
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.