36. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for residency status and eligibility for naturalisation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10904/16]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned has been granted permission to remain in the State for a three year period following the consideration of their case under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). This decision was conveyed in writing to them by letter dated 15th March, 2016.
It will be open to the person concerned to apply to the Citizenship Section of my Department for a Certificate of Naturalisation when they are in a position to meet the lawful residency criteria applicable to the lodgement of such applications. Details on the criteria to be met by persons lodging such applications are available from my Department's Website (www.justice.ie).
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.