94. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if residency status will be offered to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27368/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there is no record of correspondence from the person concerned in relation to a request for permission to remain in the State.
I also understand that it would appear the person's presence in the State may be unlawful as they do not appear to hold a current permission to remain in the State, and has not held a permission since 2008. The Deputy will appreciate that, under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Act, 2004, a non-national may not be in the State other than within the terms of a permission from the Minister for Justice and Equality.
I am, however, further informed that it is open to the person concerned to contact Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, in writing, setting out their particular circumstances. Any such request will be given detailed consideration by INIS upon receipt of the relevant information from the individual concerned.
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.