129. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedures yet to be followed to regularise the positions of the three dependent children of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22903/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the first and second named dependants were granted permission to remain in the State in August, 2007 for an initial three year period, valid to 14th August, 2010. This permission to remain was renewed for a further three year period in August, 2010, valid to 14th August, 2013. These renewal decision letters were dated 4th August, 2010.
The renewal decision letters referred to advised the persons concerned of the requirement that they apply for further renewal of their permission to remain one month before their existing permission expired. Given that there is still no record of any such renewal applications having been lodged to date, it is recommended that the persons concerned would proceed to do so without further delay.
The onus is on the persons concerned to apply for the renewal of their respective permissions to remain. Such renewal applications must be made in the first instance in order for them to be considered by the immigration authorities.
INIS has no record of the third named dependant of the person concerned.
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.