Written answers

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Visa Applications

8:00 am

Photo of Billy TimminsBilly Timmins (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Question 302: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25108/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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I can inform the Deputy that the persons concerned are required to be in possession of a valid Irish visa prior to seeking entry to the State. Comprehensive information with regard to the visa application process is available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (www.inis.gov.ie).

The provision of a multiple entry visa is available to applicants in certain circumstances. It is not the general practice of the Visa Office to issue multiple journey visas unless a compliant travel history to Ireland in the recent past has been shown. That being said it is open to an applicant to seek a multiple entry visa in circumstances where there is no previous travel history to the State. Essentially the onus rests with the applicant to establish to the satisfaction of the Visa Officer as to why a multiple entry visa is warranted.

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