264. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a copy of correspondence of 7 October 2015 confirming residency can issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39411/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned had his permission to remain in the State renewed for a three year period, to 25 October, 2018. This decision was conveyed in writing to the person concerned by letter dated 7 October, 2015. This communication advised the person concerned of the conditions attaching to his permission to remain and of the requirement that he attend at his local Garda Registration Office to have the registration process completed. This person was also advised that future renewals of the permission to remain should be applied for two weeks in advance of the permission expiring to the local District Headquarters station.
This individual was also informed that the Certificate is an important document and should be kept safely along with the original leave to remain letter from the INIS. It is the current policy of this department not to re-issue permission letters unless the original letter is returned to the department. The letter has to date not been returned to this Department. Therefore there is no onus on this department to re-issue the permission letter at this current time.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of 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 from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.