368. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 374 of 12 June 2019, if further issues have arisen in respect of the visa for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31369/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to is currently being examined and the visa office in Abuja have contacted the applicant to seek further information and clarification on documentation already received. Once this information is received, a decision will issue directly to both the applicant and the sponsor.
I am also advised that while the Policy Document on Family Reunification contains a stated business target that such visa applications should be dealt with within twelve months of receipt of application, that this is a business target and does not constitute a legal obligation.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.
In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (