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630. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Justice when a decision will be made on a visa application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25546/21]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): Following a full consideration by a Visa Officer, the visa application referred to by the Deputy was refused. A letter issued to the applicant on 9 December 2020, outlining the reasons for this refusal. An appeal was lodged to the relevant Visa Office on 29 January 2021, and it is currently awaiting examination. 
In order to be fair to all applicants, appeals for applications of this type are processed in the order in which they are received. While every effort is made to process these applications as soon as possible, processing times will vary having regard to the volume of appeals received, their complexity, the possible need for the visa office to seek further information in relation to certain appeals and the resources available to process them.
All visa applicants are advised that the onus is on them to provide as much information in support of their application as they feel is necessary. Guidelines in this regard are posted on the website of the Immigration Service of my Department. When making an appeal, the applicant should take into account the reasons for refusal listed in the refusal letter. The appeal should include any further information or additional documentation they wish to have considered, and should be sent for the attention of the Visa Appeals Officer, in the relevant Visa Office, where the matter will be considered afresh.
Processing times and decisions at the Overseas Visa Offices can be checked at the webpage for the relevant Office.  
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 (inisoireachtasmail@justice.ie), 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 is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.