896. Deputy Jennifer Carroll MacNeill asked the Minister for Justice the status of an application for a stamp 1G extension by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41999/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): An application for an extension of Stamp 1G permission from the person referred to by the Deputy was approved on 17 August 2021. A letter issued to them on that date granting an extension of their Stamp 1G permission until 24 September 2022.
A Stamp 1G indicates that a person has permission to look for employment in the State under the Third Level Graduate Programme. The Stamp 1G is granted for 12 months to ensure that such students are making genuine efforts to access suitable graduate level employment, for example attending job interviews or signing up with graduate employment agencies. However, it is recognised that, due to the impact of Covid-19, some people may not have been able to find graduate level employment before their Stamp 1G permission is due to expire. Therefore, in an effort to assist such people, my Department is considering any applications for an extension of Stamp 1G immigration permission on a case by case basis.
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.