78. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a visa; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17853/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by officials of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for Join Family was received from the person referred to on 26 February, 2016 by the Irish Visa Office in New Delhi. The application is currently being processed and a decision will issue in the near future.
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 the INIS Visa Office in New Delhi (