156. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the position in regard to residency and stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50305/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The person referred to by the Deputy currently holds a Stamp 4 permission, valid until 29 January 2023. If they wish to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of their immigration permission, they can apply online to renew their permission at the appropriate time.
A Stamp 4 immigration permission provides that the holder can reside and work in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions. Any period spent on a Stamp 4 permission is considered as reckonable residence when applying for citizenship by way of naturalisation.
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 at, 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 Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in the cases where the response is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.