445. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the case of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; when the person can expect a decision on an application for a visa. [28417/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by officials in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a 'join family' visa from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the Visa Office, Dublin on 7 April, 2015. I am further advised that 'join family' visa applications, where the sponsor is a non-EEA national, can be expected to be dealt with within 12 months of receipt of all the required documentation as set out in the Family Reunification Policy Document published on 1 January, 2014. This business target reflects the detailed assessment that is required to be carried out in relation to applications for family reunification. Applications are processed in order of date received in the Dublin Visa Office.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS 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.