515. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the grounds on which the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has determined that persons (details supplied) are not fully self-sufficient in the State, or that they can remain self-sufficient into the future; and if she will put a stay on a deportation order issued against these persons, until that determination can be examined. [20518/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to separate notifications pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the persons concerned have submitted written representations. These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement, before final decisions are made in their immigration cases. Once such final decisions have been made, these decisions, and the consequences of the decisions, will be notified in writing.
I am advised also that the persons concerned, by letter dated 12th May, 2015, have been reminded of the option of returning voluntarily to their country of origin and that if they avail of that option, by a specified date, they will no longer face the risk of deportation. By doing so, they will also protect the right to return to this State at a future date, once they have established a valid basis for doing so. The Deputy will appreciate that persons subject of a Deportation Order would not be in a position to avail of this option.
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.