Written answers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Visa Applications

10:00 pm

Photo of Kevin HumphreysKevin Humphreys (Dublin South East, Labour)
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Question 392: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will reconsider the decision to refuse a visa application in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20841/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by officials in the Visa Office of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the application in question was in respect of a long-stay visa for an adult son. The visa was refused as it was deemed the applicant did not meet the criteria for such a visa. An appeal was received against this refusal and following full consideration the original decision was upheld. Each visa application is entitled to one appeal only. It is open to the applicant to submit a fresh visa application at any time, however, it should be noted that the onus rests with the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted.

The applicant in this case may wish to apply for a short-stay visit visa to Ireland. It is open to him to make such an application, however, again, the onus will rest with the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted.

Comprehensive information on the visa application process is available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service at www.inis.gov.ie. Should the applicant have any queries regarding the application procedure, he may direct any such queries to the Embassy in his country of origin or to the visamail@justice.ie facility.

I should remind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual Immigration cases may be made direct to INIS by e-mail 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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