297. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current residency status and the procedure to be followed to regularise their family's residency position in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3495/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department to refer the Deputy to the replies to his previous Parliamentary Questions No. 133 of 4 December, 2014 and No. 126 of 11 December 2014 in which it was stated that the person concerned submitted a fresh application for residence in accordance with the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 (the "Regulations") on 17 September 2014.
This application is currently under consideration and a decision will be made on the application within the six month statutory time limit based on the documentation on file. It is noted that the person concerned was requested by letter dated 2 December 2014 to submit certain relevant information in support of the application but has failed to do so to date. As the Deputy was previously advised on 4 December, 2014 it is incumbent on applicants to co-operate with our request for information which is a key part of their application.
It is also noted that applications in respect of the dependant family members of the EU citizen and the person concerned were submitted to the EU Treaty Rights Unit of INIS for consideration under the Free Movement provisions on 5 January 2015. I am advised that officials in INIS requested additional documentation in support of their applications on 22 January 2015 and are awaiting a reply.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The 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.