304. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) will be eligible for a Stamp 4 visa; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6493/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the situation is the same as it was when I answered the Deputy's Parliamentary Question No. 107 on 21 January 2016. The person referred to by the Deputy entered the State as a student and has now completed the maximum time allowed to an international student in the State. If the person is still in the State they are present illegally. The person mentioned by the Deputy should be advised to make an application to the Residence Division of INIS as INIS does not have a current application from this person.
Queries in relation to the Status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been 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 Parliamentary Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.