236. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time a person (details supplied) will have to wait for a visa application to be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24950/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that request for permission to reside is under active consideration. The Deputy will appreciate that applications are dealt with in chronological order. I am also informed that it is expected INIS will issue a decision to the person concerned, in writing, next month.
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.