282. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when consideration of a visa application by a person (details supplied) will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5418/19]


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 referred to has not submitted a visa application.
The application process requires the person to complete an application online, and to submit the application summary form and supporting documents to the appropriate Visa Office. Details are included on the application summary form. I understand the person concerned may have begun but not yet completed that process.
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.