111. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when an upgrade of residency status will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50007/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State, on Stamp 4 conditions, as the parent of an Irish citizen child on 15 November 2013. This permission was subsequently renewed with the latest permission granted up to 14 February 2018 by the Garda National Immigration Bureau. An application for renewal of the permission to remain in the State was received by INIS from the legal representatives of the person concerned on 1 March 2018.
I am further advised that INIS wrote to the person's legal representative on 16 March 2018 seeking supporting documentary evidence. To date no correspondence has been submitted in response to that request. However, I understand that it remains open to the person concerned to provide the outstanding information 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.