290. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to review an application for a visa by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6437/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Citizenship Service (INIS) of my Department that the application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Dublin Visa Office on 28 August 2015. It was refused by the Visa Officer on 22 October 2015.
The decision of the Visa Officer to refuse the application was upheld by an Appeals Officer on 20 January 2016. As an applicant is entitled to one appeal only, no further review of the application can be undertaken. It is, however, open to the applicant to make a fresh application.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS 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 .
In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (