148. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the determination of eligibility for long-term residency and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22441/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the position in the State of the person concerned remains to be determined. It also remains to be decided as to whether their position in the State falls to be determined in accordance with the process provided for under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) or outside of that process. Once a decision has been made in relation to what immigration process should be applied to the immigration case of the person concerned, the outcome of that deliberation will be conveyed in writing to the person 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.