159. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the status of the determination of eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7948/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was granted residence permission and a right to work based on parentage of an Irish citizen child on 12 January 2016. The permission was subsequently renewed by INIS until 24 March 2018. The person concerned was informed in the decision letter that if they wished to apply for future renewals of permission to remain that they should apply in writing to INIS four weeks in advance of their permission expiring.
I am also advised by INIS that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy. A determination on whether an applicant satisfies the statutory criteria attendant to naturalisation can only be made after an application and supporting documentation is received.
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.