Thursday, 20 June 2019

Ceisteanna (120)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

120. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when consideration will be given to awarding appropriate residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26008/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned applied for a residence card as a family member of an EU citizen, in this case a spouse, on 07/09/2012 under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Following a review of the original decision of 08/03/2013 to refuse to approve a residence card, the person concerned was granted a residence card under EU Treaty Rights on 06/02/2014 valid for a period of 5 years.

The person concerned subsequently applied on 04/07/2018 for a permanent residence card as a family member of an EU citizen under the provisions of the aforementioned Regulations and Directive. This application is under consideration.

In light of information that became available to the Minister, the residence card granted to this person in 2014 was revoked for the reasons set out in the letter that issued to the person concerned on 21/01/2019. The person concerned submitted a request for a review of that decision on 07/02/2019. The review is under consideration.

A decision in respect of the application for a permanent residence card and the request for review will issue to the person concerned in due course. Although it is not possible at the present time to provide a definitive date by which a determination will be made in this case, there will be no avoidable delay in completing same.

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.