Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (231)

Mary Butler


231. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a residence permit will be issued in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46156/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As set out in the Government's Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification, an immigration permission granted for the purposes of family reunification will be dependent on the continued residence status of the sponsor. In the event of the death of the sponsor, departure from the State of the sponsor, divorce or annulment of a civil partnership, the family member must notify my Department and may apply for a change of status. The "changed status" which may be granted to the family member will depend on that family member’s new situation (e.g. are they working, studying, dependent on another resident, etc.) and the circumstances of the change.

The circumstances of the case will be considered on its own individual merits, and taking into account factors such as the length of time the sponsor has resided in the State, compliance with previous immigration conditions, conduct, the duration of the relationship, any children of the relationship. Where a sponsor dies, a sympathetic view would be taken. As a guideline, a person who has resided in the State for two years prior to the death of the sponsor should be granted immigration permission in their own right.

If a person wishes to apply for a change to their immigration status, they should submit the following documentation:

- Death Certificate for the sponsor

- Applicant’s current tenancy agreement

- Applicant’s recent Utility Bills

- Applicant’s previous 6 months bank statements

- Letter regarding applicant’s business/employment

- Applicant’s 3 recent payslips

- Applicant’s confirmation of private medical insurance cover

Documentation should be submitted to Unit 5, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division, Immigration Service Delivery, Department of Justice and Equality, PO Box 12695, Dublin 2.

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.