115. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when family reunification will be offered to persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50011/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The person concerned submitted a proposal to bring her son to the State under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme - Humanitarian Admissions Programme (IHAP) 2, which was received by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department on 30 June 2018.
The IHAP is a programme which allows holders of International Protection Status in the State, i.e Refugees with Convention or Programme Refugee Status, and holders of Subsidiary Protection grants, and Irish Citizens to seek to bring to the State their family members who are nationals of one of the top ten major source countries of refugees as identified by the UNHCR.
The first window for proposals under the IHAP closed on 30 June, and work has been ongoing since then on assessing and verifying proposals. No decision has yet issued to the person in question but it is anticipated that all proposals will have had a decision issued by mid December.
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.