109. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6, with particular reference to the updating of the person's residency status; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21178/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that the person mentioned by the Deputy arrived in the State on 03/10/2008 as a dependent and had permission, as such, until 30/07/2010. As this permission was not renewed, it would therefore seem that this person has remained in the State without the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality. This is in breach of Section 5 (1) of the Immigration Act 2004 which provides that no non-EEA national may be in the State other than in accordance with the terms of any permission given to them by or on behalf of the Minister. Furthermore, Section 5(2) of the Act provides that a non EEA national who is in the State in contravention of subsection (1) is for all purposes unlawfully present in the State. It would seem that this person has failed to meet the requirements of Section 9 of the Act of 2004 which sets out the obligations of non nationals in respect of registration and in particular to the requirements of Section 9(2)(b) of the Act of 2004.
A person who is found to be in breach of the requirements of the Immigration Act 2004 may have committed an offence. A person found guilty of such an offence is liable under Section 13 of the Act of 2004 to a fine not exceeding €3000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
As this person is in the State as a dependant they should be advised to make an application to INIS.
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.