Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ceisteanna (230)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Ceist:

230. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Justice if her attention has been drawn to the difficulties faced by Venezuelan citizens, such as a person (details supplied), who have been unable to apply for renewal of their Venezuelan passports due to the closure of the Venezuelan consulate and as a result are unable to renew visas such as a skill stamp 4 visa; if her attention has been further drawn to the example of UK in which equivalent skills based visas are being automatically renewed for those with expired Venezuelan passports; if she will consider a similar scheme here; and the resolution she proposes to help support Venezuelans resident here access Irish visas and international travel documents. [29372/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Immigration Service of my Department considers the renewal of an immigration permission of a person who does not hold a valid passport, if the person can give a satisfactory explanation of any circumstances that may prevent them from producing a valid passport. This is subject to all other aspects being in order. Each case is considered on its individual circumstances.

Applicants from Venezuela can utilise the online registration renewal system. My Department is aware of the current difficulties with procuring passports from Venezuela and an applicant should include a note to that effect when they apply.