Written answers

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Department of Justice and Equality

Social Welfare Benefits

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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108. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to outline, in tabular form, what options are available to a person (details supplied) seeking to join family living in Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41727/23]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Immigration permission to join a family member (who is an Irish National or non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen) as an elderly, dependent relative is covered by the conditions of immigration stamp 0. An applicant can apply for permission to reside under Stamp 0 conditions.

A Stamp 0 may only be granted if the applicant can prove that their relative can support them financially and otherwise. The financial requirements to allow a person to sponsor an elderly dependent relative are set out in Chapter 18 of the Family Reunification Policy Document.

The Sponsor relative must hold an appropriate permission (or retain evidence of citizenship if an Irish National) to sponsor an application and must also be registered with immigration. Stamp 0 is subject to several conditions and limitations. For example, it does not allow the applicant to access any public services, such as health services or public hospitals.

Stamp 0 applications will not be accepted if made from within the State.

Both visa required and non-visa required nationals must apply for permission by completing the application form (TPER (Stamp 0) – Application Form) and sending the required documentation to:

Stamp 0 – Dependent Elderly Section

Unit C – Domestic Residence and Permissions Division

Immigration Service Delivery

Department of Justice

13-14 Burgh Quay

Dublin 2

DO2 XK70

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 (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 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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