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143. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the process in determining an application for long-term residency and naturalisation for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if all documentation requested has been received; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43415/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person in question made an application for a Without Condition As To Time (WCATT) endorsement on the 24/09/2015. The WCATT endorsement is a long term residency permission which allows the holder to remain in the State up to the expiry date of the passport which contains the endorsement. Where an applicant is currently residing in the State on one of the long term residency permission schemes operated by my Department, an applicant may not apply for a WCATT endorsement until at least 6 months before their current permission to remain is due to expire.
Departmental records indicate that the applicant in question currently has permission to remain in the State until the 28/03/2018 and was informed in writing by the INIS on 11/11/2015 that they were, therefore, not eligible to apply for the endorsement at this time.
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.