Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
258. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of visa applications from citizens of Yemen who are family members of residents here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9511/19]
I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a total of 31 applications from Yemeni nationals, made for the purpose of visiting or joining a family member, were decided in 2018. As with any nationality, visa applications can be made from any location throughout the world. A total of twenty applications were approved in 2018 and because of timing differences these decisions do not necessarily relate to 2018 applications.
The central concern in deciding on visa applications, as with all visa services worldwide, is to strike an appropriate balance between protecting the country's vital national interests by maintaining an effective immigration regime while at the same time facilitating travel for those who meet the criteria. Each visa application is therefore decided on its own merits.