Written answers

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Visa Applications

9:00 am

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Question 225: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform when an application for a stamp 4 visa will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42445/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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I wish to inform the Deputy that the person concerned applied for permission to reside in the State based on his parentage of an Irish born child. This application was refused because he was not resident in the State at the time of his application.

The person concerned subsequently entered the State in September 2008 and was granted permission to remain for 90 days on Stamp 3 conditions, as a spousal dependant, up to 14 December 2008. He sought an extension of this permission in November 2008 and again in January 2009 and was requested to provide documentation regarding his finances and future intentions in the State. Some documentation was supplied by the person concerned in January 2010 but was insufficient to prove his ongoing residence in the State and further documents were requested in April 2010. To date the person concerned has not responded to this request and I would advise that he do so as soon as possible given that he is currently in the State without permission.

I should remind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by Email using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive Parliamentary Questions process.

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