Written answers

Thursday, 17 February 2005

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Visa Applications

5:00 pm

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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Question 128: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 320 of 14 December 2004 and 271 of 1 February 2005, the evidence needed to deal with a new visa application for a person (details enclosed) in County Clare. [5373/05]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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In general, the documentation that must accompany a visa application is set out on my Department's website, www.justice.ie.

In the case of the application referred to by the Deputy in this and his two previous parliamentary questions, a number of documents were not supplied with the initial applications, which contributed to the applications being refused on grounds of insufficient documentation and finances. The missing documentation included detailed payslips, banks statements, the applicant's divorce papers, and a letter of consent from the father of the children to their removal from their country of origin. At appeal stage, the initial refusal decision was upheld as, although additional documentation was supplied, there was no letter of consent from the father of the applicant's children, or an order by a judicial or administrative authority stating that such consent is not required.

It is open to the applicant to make new visa applications accompanied by the relevant documents and these applications will be considered anew.


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