433. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans ensure that persons who attend the Garda Síochána National Immigration Bureau office are fully informed of the next steps they need to undertake if they are looking for employment, for example, that a job offer is required before they can apply for a personal public service number. [34416/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The purpose of non EEA nationals attending at the Registration Office, Garda National Immigration Bureau is to obtain or renew permission to be in the State and to furnish particulars as required as part of the registration process pursuant to Section 9 of the Immigration Act, 2004. On completion of the registration process, the non national is issued with a registration certificate. In addition an inscription is placed on his/her passport on behalf of the Minister, authorising the non national to be in the State.
Information is provided regarding the requirements for registration and in relation to the particular permission to remain sought (e.g. work or study). This information is available on both the GNIB and Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website.
Matters concerning the issuing of PPS numbers and the securing of employment do not come with the remit of the aforementioned process. The terms and conditions for issuing a PPS number to a non-EEA national are a matter for the Department of Social Protection.