I am informed that the persons referred to were given a one year temporary permission to remain in the State until the 14th of December 2019. These persons were informed of the documents required to renew their permission, this being a national passport, in order to attest their identity and Nationality.
I am further informed that the persons concerned have not yet made an application for renewal of their current permission. Only when the persons referred to have made their application through the normal channels can a decision be made on their case.
Persons making an application for renewal of a permission to remain in the State are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their identity and nationality. This is usually in the form of a currently valid passport and may include other original supporting documents, such as a previously held or out of date passport, birth certificate and marriage certificate. In rare circumstances where an applicant cannot produce their current passport, or a previous passport, birth certificate or other supporting documents the applicant will be required to provide a full explanation. Such explanation should, where possible, be supported by satisfactory evidence that they have attempted to obtain such documentation and correspondence from the relevant authorities or embassy responsible for the issuing of passports and birth certificates in their country, clearly stating the reasons the documentation cannot be provided. My Department will consider the explanation given and, if satisfied it is for reasons genuinely beyond the applicant's control, may suggest alternative means to the person to assist in establishing their identity and nationality.
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 Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the Department, is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.