144. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No.120 of 7 December 2017, the documentary evidence that will suffice in the case of a person (details supplied) to prove their spouse is not here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7820/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the spouse of the person referred to is the subject of a valid Deportation Order made on 20 June 2002. The Deputy might wish to note that persons subject of a Deportation Order are obliged to remove themselves from the State and to remain out of the State.
Representations were received, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), requesting that the Deportation Order be revoked. Following the detailed consideration of the information submitted in support of the request, including all representations made around family reunification, the Deportation Order was affirmed on 9 November 2017. If, as is claimed, the relevant party is already outside the State, then clearly the presentation requirement referred to in the Deputy's Question does not apply. However, it would be very helpful if this position could be supported by documentary evidence so that the relevant INIS and Garda National Immigration Bureau records can be updated. This documentary evidence should include official documentation which supports the claim that this individual is no longer in the State and copies of stamps in his passport indicating that he has entered another jurisdiction.
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.