Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Immigration Status

Photo of Jackie CahillJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail)
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119. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a child who was not born in the State has one Irish citizen parent and another parent with permission to remain from her Department also has to receive official confirmation and identification to remain in the State given that child is in full-time primary level education and has a PPS number; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [60595/21]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Based on the information provided by the Deputy it is not possible to determine the immigration status or nationality of the child or the child's right to remain in the State. If the Deputy would like to provide additional details I would be happy to have my officials follow up on this matter.

From the details provided, it is noted that the child is in primary school and consequently there is no requirement to register their permission at this time as they are under the age of 16 years. Once a non EEA national reaches 16 years of age, while resident in the State, they are required to attend at their local immigration office, register their permission and receive an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card in their own right.

If one of the parents of the child is an Irish citizen at the time of the child's birth, then that child may have an entitlement to Irish citizenship and therefore may not be required to register.

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 at INISOireachtasMail@justice.ie, 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 Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in the cases where the response is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.


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