206. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons assessed under the scheme to regularise the status of students who overstayed on visas in each of the years 2005 to 2010; the number regularised under the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53594/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Special Scheme for Non EEA nationals who held a Student Permission in the State during the period 01 January 2005 to 31 December 2010 was launched on 15 October 2018 and closed on 20 January 2019. Approximately 3,116 applications were received under this Scheme.
To date, a decision has been made on 3,106 cases of which 2,253 have been granted.   
The Deputy will appreciate that it is necessary to process these applications in full compliance with legal requirements and in accordance with the criteria of the Scheme.  The remaining applications are being  processed and decisions will be delivered as soon as possible.