119. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedure to be followed in the case of a person (details supplied) to regularise their residency; if travel documentation can issue in the interim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38264/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was granted refugee status in the state on 20 March 2002. Due to their status, the person was given a Stamp 4 which is valid until 19 May 2019, at which point it will need to be renewed. Stamp 4 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions.
I am also advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an Irish travel document is a document which assists qualifying non-Irish nationals to travel. In line with the provisions of Section 55(1) of the International Protection Act 2015, the Minister, on application by the person concerned, shall issue a travel document to a qualified person and family member, subject to the provisions of Section 55(2) of the Act. As per Section 2 of the International Protection Act 2015, a “qualified person” means a person who is either a refugee and in relation to whom a refugee declaration is in force, or a person eligible for subsidiary protection and in relation to whom a subsidiary protection declaration is in force. However, the deputy may wish to note that as per Section 55(2)(C) of the 2015 Act, a travel document may not be issued to a qualified person if, “the Minister considers that to issue it would not be in the interests of national security, public security, public health or public order or would be contrary to public policy”.
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.