Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
366. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the expected outcome of applications for a visitor visa in respect of the family of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3103/20]
The visa application by the first-named person referred to by the Deputy was refused on 26 March 2019, for reasons outlined to the person at that time. The person concerned appealed the decision on 8 May 2019 and this will be given full consideration by a visa appeals officer.
Appeals are generally processed in the chronological order in which they are received. While every effort is made to process appeals as quickly as possible, processing times will vary having regard to the volume of appeals received, the resources available to process them, the individual complexity of the application and any subsequent appeal. It is not possible to indicate at this time when the appeal decision will be finalised.
In relation to the second named person referred to by the Deputy, I am informed that a visa application on behalf of the person concerned was received in the visa office Dublin on 19 August 2019. This application will be considered together with the first named person's appeal application.
Applicants can keep up to date with the current visa processing times being considered by clicking on the following link to my Department's website:.
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.