921. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the progress to date in the determination of visa applications in the case of persons (details supplied); when visas can expect to issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42584/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The persons referred to by the Deputy created an online Join Family (Non-EEA national) visa application on 29 March 2021. The supporting documentation and fee were received on 10 May 2021 in the Abuja Visa Office. The application is awaiting comprehensive examination and they will be notified as soon as a decision has been reached by a Visa Officer.
The processing of family reunification visa applications, such as these, may take up to six months to determine from date documentation is received in the relevant Visa Office.  However, the Visa Office endeavours to have applications of this nature processed earlier than this, if possible. To be fair to all applicants, applications are processed in order by date received by the Visa Office.  
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 (, 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 is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited. Question No. 922 answered with Question No. 916.