Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Visa Applications

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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340. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of a South African citizen visiting Ireland to meet the person's spouse and family and that having applied for a 90 day visa, will not be certain if it is granted until the assessment of the immigration official at Dublin Airport on the day of the person's arrival; the steps the person can take in advance of arrival to ensure the person is granted the full duration of the visa; and the criteria applied by immigration officers in making a determination on same. [10851/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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The question of entry for any individual, visa or non-visa required, is determined by the Immigration Officer at the port of entry at the time the individual seeks entry in to the State.  All relevant factors are taken into account with the principal ones being the purpose of the visit, the duration of stay, the ability of the individual to support themselves during their stay, and proof that the person will exit the country on or before the expiry of any permission given.

Each application for entry to the State is assessed on its own merits.  Therefore, it is advisable for the individual to carry any relevant documentation for presentation to the Immigration Officer on arrival.  It may be noted that the powers granted to an Immigration Officer are not unfettered. The Immigration Act 2004 provides for the grounds on which an individual may be granted or refused leave to land at a port of entry.

Further information on what documentation is recommended for entry in to the State is available on our website at: .

The Deputy will be aware that the Government are advising against non-essential travel until further notice and anyone entering the State is required to self-isolate for 14 days. All passengers are also required to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form on arrival.


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