288. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedure to be followed to extend residency to naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who is married to an Irish national; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3331/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the situation remains as set out in my reply to the Deputy's Parliamentary Question of 10 July 2014 in relation to the person concerned. To-date, the person concerned has still not submitted a valid Australian national passport to allow for their application for residency in the State, arising from marriage to an Irish national, to be finalised to conclusion. The person concerned has provided no evidence to INIS explaining why attempts to secure their Australian passport has failed to yield a result to-date.
INIS advises me that the person concerned was written to again on 22 January 2015 requesting that they provide a valid national passport in support of their application for residency arising from their marriage.
Detailed information surrounding any possible entitlement to Irish Citizenship through the naturalisation process in respect of the person concerned which differs to that of an application for residency can be obtained from the INIS website at "www.inis.gov.ie". It remains open to the person concerned to make an application for Irish Citizenship under the naturalisation process should they consider that they meet the requirements for same.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the 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 the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited .