328. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry for a spousal visa; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6867/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by officials in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to by the Deputy was received by the INIS Visa Office in New Delhi on 17 November 2015. It is anticipated that a decision should issue on the case within the next four weeks and officials from INIS will contact the applicant with the outcome.
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 at