Written answers

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Family Reunification Policy

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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100. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if family reunification terms will be made available to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47017/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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I can inform the Deputy that detailed information on the circumstances in which the person concerned can seek to sponsor a non-EEA national family member to join and reside with them in the State is contained in the Government's Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification.  This information can be accessed on my Department's Immigration Service website -  www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/immigration-policy-family-reunification. 

The policy document provides a comprehensive statement of national immigration policy in respect to family reunification.  The requirements outlined in the document apply to all decision making in relation to family reunification cases where ministerial discretion applies, including long stay (join family) visa applications. 

If the person's family members are visa required nationals they must seek the appropriate visa for their circumstances.  Each visa application is considered on its individual merits having regard to all of the information and documentation available to the visa officer at the time.  The onus rests at all times with the applicant to satisfy the visa officer that the particular visa sought should be granted.  Guidelines on how to apply for particular types of visas are available on my Department's Immigration Service website -  www.inis.gov.ie.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department 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 is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.


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