114. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) who has previously applied for entry here will be granted a visa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8862/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it is open to any visa required national to apply for a visa for any purpose. Each visa application is considered on its individual merits.
In assessing any application, the Visa Officer will have regard to all of the information available to them including any previous applications made. Where a previous application has been refused, then the applicant should bear in mind the original refusal reasons communicated to them and be in a position to address these in a new application.
The onus rests at all times with the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer that any visa sought should be granted. Guidelines on the application process including details of the required supporting documentation can be found on the INIS website ww.inis.gov.ie.
I am further advised by INIS that there is no current application for a visa from the person to whom the question refers.
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.
In addition, members of the public may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (email@example.com).