529. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice if a visa extension can issue in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48066/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The immigration permission of the person referred to by the Deputy is extended to 15 January 2022 in line with the final extension of immigration permissions, which Minister Humphreys and I announced on 15 September last.
This measure provides certainty to anyone who already holds a valid permission, including those in the State on visitor conditions, like the person concerned, that their legal status in this country is maintained until 15 January 2022. The renewal of the permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.
It may be open to the person to apply for a further extension of visitor permission, if there has been an unexpected change in their circumstances since they arrived in Ireland. If they wish to remain in the state after the 15 January 2022 they should submit an application a minimum of 10 weeks prior to the 15 January 2022 setting out the reasons and providing any correspondence and documentation in support of their application.
Further information on how to apply, including the application form, is available at: www.irishimmigration.ie/extension-of-visitor-permission/
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility at INISOireachtasMail@justice.ie, 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 Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in the cases where the response is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.