108. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedure to be followed to obtain stamp 4 status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24726/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application process in respect of employment permits is a matter for the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI).
I am further informed that if the person concerned is successful in their application to DBEI for a critical skills employment permit they may obtain permission to reside in this State, on Stamp 1 conditions, from their local immigration office. Following 2 years residence in this Sate on Stamp 1 conditions, in conjunction with a critical skills employment permit, it is open to the person concerned to seek a support letter from the DBEI which would enable them to register with their local immigration office to reside in this State on Stamp 4 conditions. Further information in relation to registration of a permission to reside on the basis of an employment permit can be found on the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie.
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.