266. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe in which a passport can be returned to a person that submits it alongside an application for citizenship. [7698/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that all applications for naturalisation must be accompanied by a current in-date passport.
Every effort will be made to return an applicants passport as quickly as possible. An applicant for naturalisation should, however, allow a period of about 6 weeks for its return as relevant documents submitted in support of an application are the subject of document verification checks.
It is therefore strongly advised that an applicant does not submit an application for naturalisation prior to any upcoming travel or in the knowledge they will need their passport urgently. In exceptional cases, arrangements can be made to have the return of a passport expedited but it is incumbent on the applicant to make the Citizenship Division of my Department aware of such a need.
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.