298. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a stamp 4 visa may be extended past its current expiration for a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6479/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy submitted an application for a residence card on 24 November, 2015 which falls to be considered under the EC (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015. This application is currently under examination and a decision will be made in due course based on the documentation on file. In the interim, INIS has granted the person concerned temporary permission to reside and work in the State to 23 June, 2016. I am further advised that should the question of extension of that permission arise it will be considered in context of the circumstances pertaining to the application.
The Deputy will be aware 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.