136. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of a visa application by a person (details supplied); when approval is likely to issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22306/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to was refused by the Visa Office in Dublin on 7 May 2019. This decision was communicated to the applicant who was advised that an appeal could be submitted up to two months following the visa refusal. No appeal has been submitted as yet. If an appeal is made, the applicant should bear in mind the original refusal reasons communicated to them and be in a position to address them.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.
In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (