118. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when an appointment to facilitate upgrading of stamp 4 will be arranged in the case of a person (details supplied); if the matter will be satisfactorily concluded at an early date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26004/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy currently has no current permission to be in the State, however, a request for permission to reside is under active consideration. The Deputy will appreciate that cases are dealt with in chronological order and I understand that a decision will issue in the coming weeks. In the event that the person concerned is granted permission to reside, it will be necessary for them to make an appointment with their local immigration office to register that permission.
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.