330. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for long-term residency by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6869/16]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that Long Term Residency is granted on the basis that a non EEA national has completed a minimum of five years (i.e. 60 months) legal residence in the State on work permit conditions which is reflected in the corresponding Stamp 1 or Stamp 4 endorsements on a person's passport and not by the dates of commencement and expiry of each work permit or equivalent document as some applicants assume.
I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned made an application for Long Term Residency on 24 November, 2015. I am advised that such applications are considered on a case by case basis having regard to the particular circumstances of the application. In this regard, I am advised that INIS wrote to the applicant on 26 November, 2015 and awaits clarification on the issues raised.
The Deputy will be aware that 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.