Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (160)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

160. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current and-or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42894/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am advised by the Immigration Service of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is ongoing. On completion of the necessary processing the application will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible. Should further documentation be required it will be requested from the applicant in due course. A letter issued to the legal representatives of the person concerned on 26 February 2019 and the position remains as stated in that letter.

I am further advised, however, that the Immigration Service records indicate that the current permission to reside in the State granted to the person concerned expired on 19 March 2019.  It is up to the person concerned to seek permission to remain beyond the expiry of their current permission.  All non-EEA nationals are required to keep their permission to remain in the State up to date at all times, and to have such permission registered.  Failure to do so may adversely affect an application for a certificate of naturalisation. 

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