I can inform the Deputy that the person referred to was awarded permission to reside in the State as a dependent person. Dependent status permission is issued as a Stamp 3 residence permission and therefore the person referred to does not appear to currently meet the criteria for a stamp 4 permission.
However, if the circumstances of the person referred to, or the person on whom they are dependent, has changed they may wish to apply for a change of status. An application for a change of immigration status may include changing from one category or stamp to another this is dependent on the criteria for the new category being met.
Information on how a person can change their status and the required criteria is available on the website of the Immigration Service of my Department at: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/WP07000279
Applications for change of status made on the basis of Section 4(7) of the Immigration Act 2004 can only be considered when the applicant has a valid current permission to be in the State. Applications made by or on behalf of persons who are not lawfully resident will not be considered.
A person seeking to change their immigration status is advised to apply well before their current immigration permission expires. The fact that an application for change of status has been made and is under consideration does not affect or extend the person's current permission.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 is , in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.