140. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for a permanent residency card visa by a person (details supplied); and when they can expect a decision on their case. [28643/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that on 27/06/2006 the person concerned applied for a residence card as a spouse of an EU citizen under the provisions of S.I. No. 656/2006 - European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (No. 2) Regulations 2006.  This application was approved at review stage on 15/08/2008 and the person concerned was granted a residence card valid until 27/12/2011. 
On 04/09/2017, the person concerned made an application for the retention of their residence card on the basis they had divorced their EU citizen spouse.  By decision dated 20/07/2018, the person concerned was informed that their retention application had been approved and that the permission previously granted on 15/08/2008 remained valid until its expiry in 27/12/2011.  At the same time, the applicant was informed that they should submit an application for a Permanent Residence Card.  Pending receipt of that application and as an exceptional measure, the person concerned was given temporary permission until 19/04/2019.  However, I have been informed by INIS that no application for a Permanent Residence Card has been received to date from the person concerned. 
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 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 INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.