114. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a visa was not granted to a person (details supplied); the alternative options the person has; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47530/17]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned submitted an application for De Facto Partner Immigration Permission on 18 May 2017. A decision was made on the application and a refusal letter was issued to the person concerned on 31 October 2017. The applicant was refused as it was noted from their application that they left the State in July 2017 and did not return. To meet the prevailing criteria for the De Facto Scheme in May 2017, an applicant must be residing together with their sponsor for a period of at least one year immediately prior to application. The applicant would also be expected to be resident in the State while their application is under review. It is open to the person concerned to submit another application for De Facto Partner Immigration Permission when they are lawfully present in the State.
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.