Written answers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Department of Justice and Equality

Residency Permits

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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463. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will review the decision to refuse residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17297/14]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy has not contacted INIS to request a review of the decision which issued to her by letter on 25 March 2014.

As previously stated in my answers to Parliamentary Questions on 18 September 2012, 11 June 2013 and 18 September 2013, it appears this person arrived in the State in January 2007 and had permission to remain here under student conditions until 22 March 2013. The person concerned, being a student who commenced their studies after 31 December 2004, is subject to the conditions of the new regime for full time non-EEA students. This stipulates that non-EEA students may remain in the State for a maximum aggregate period of seven years, with three years permitted on language or non degree courses. A student is responsible for managing their studies to ensure compliance with this time limit.

As this person no longer has permission to be in the State as a student and has not shown an entitlement to remain on any other basis, INIS refused an application for an extension of residence permission. If the person referred to by the Deputy wishes to have this decision reviewed they should contact INIS outlining any facts not yet put to the decision makers.

Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

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