135. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the residency and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48656/17]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was granted permission to reside in this State on Stamp 4 EUFam conditions for a period of 5 years on 16 July 2013 on the basis of their marriage to an EU citizen.
I understand that INIS wrote to the person concerned on 30 May 2017 in relation to concerns regarding non-compliance with the requirements of community law. I am further advised that representations made by the person concerned on 16 June 2017 are under investigation by INIS.
I am also informed that the person concerned subsequently submitted a separate application to INIS for a change of status of residence permission on 01 June 2017. INIS is not in a position to consider this distinct application until such a time as the matter referred to above has been finalised by INIS.
I am also advised by INIS that there is no record of a current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy. A determination on whether an applicant satisfies the statutory criteria attendant to naturalisation can only be made after an application is received. Detailed information on Irish citizenship and naturalisation , as well as the relevant application forms, is available on the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department 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.