109. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when she will make a decision on a joint family (Irish national spouse) visa for a person (details supplied), given that the application is ongoing for almost 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8809/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by officials in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a 'join family' visa application from the person referred to by the Deputy was submitted to the INIS Visa Office in New Delhi on the 28/05/2015. Whilst a preliminary assessment of the application has been completed, the application referred to requires a more comprehensive examination. Officials will be in contact with the applicant and sponsor as soon as a decision is made.
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 who have submitted applications to the office in New Delhi may e-mail queries directly to INIS (