170. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the status of a family reunion visa (details supplied) which was made on 4 January 2022; and if she will request her Department to expedite this application given the circumstances.; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25078/22]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The person referred to by the Deputy submitted on-line Join Family (Irish national) visa application on 3 January 2022. Processing of this application is ongoing at present. As each application is examined under it's own merits, I am unable to provide an exact timeframe for its completion.
In accordance with the provisions of my Department's Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification, processing of family reunification visa applications such as this may take up to six months to determine from date documentation is received in the relevant Visa Office.
The Visa Office endeavours to have applications of this nature processed earlier than this, however, this is not always possible. In order to be fair to all applicants, applications are processed in order by date received in the Office.
The Deputy can be assured that every effort is made to keep processing times to a minimum, and a number of measures have been put in place to deal with the increased demand for visas to come to Ireland. This has included the assignment of additional staff to deal with applications, and, more generally, the streamlining of visa processes, where possible.