95. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if an updated stamp 4 can be offered to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27369/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Nationalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was the holder of an immigration permission valid until the 15 January, 2016. There is no record of an application by the individual for a right of residency in the State, which if granted would also allow a right to work, based on parentage of an Irish citizen child. Their permission to remain in the State has now expired.
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, also informed that it is open to the person to make an application. Information on the application process, including guidelines for completing the application form, can be found on the INIS website ( http://www.inis.gov.ie ).
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.