359. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding a visa in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25866/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it appears the Deputy's question relates to an application for a certificate of naturalisation by the person referred to and not a visa.
I can inform the Deputy that a letter recently issued to the person concerned advising him that I intend to grant the application for a certificate of naturalisation and asking him to submit the prescribed fee and other documents. Upon receipt of the required fee and documents, the person concerned will be invited to attend the next available citizenship ceremony at which he will make a declaration of fidelity to the Irish Nation and loyalty to the State and receive his certificate of naturalisation.
The Deputy may wish to note that 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 established specifically 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.