121. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current or expected position in regard to residency status and eligibility for stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26009/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned applied for a residence card as a family member of an EU citizen, in this case a stepchild, on 07/09/2012 under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council. Following a review of the original decision of 08/03/2013 to refuse to approve a residence card, the person concerned was granted a residence card under EU Treaty Rights on 06/02/2014 valid for a period of 5 years.
The person concerned subsequently applied on 19/11/2018 for a permanent residence card as a family member of an EU citizen under the provisions of the aforementioned Regulations and Directive. This application is still under consideration. Applications are dealt with in chronological order, and a decision will issue to the person concerned in due course. Although it is not possible at the present time to provide a definitive date by which a determination will be made in this case, there will be no avoidable delay in completing same.
In light of information that became available to the Minister, the residence card granted to this person in 2014 was revoked on 21/01/2019. The person concerned was afforded an opportunity to seek a review of that decision. However, a request for review of the decision to revoke the residence card was not received within the allocated 15 days or since.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS 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 INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.