157. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedure to be followed to regularise residency stamp 4 eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7946/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned currently has an application pending for residency in the State arising from their marriage to an Irish national.
Applications of this type, in fairness to all other such applicants, are dealt with in chronological order and a decision will issue on their case in due course.
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.