186. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the current status of an application for a volunteer visa by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12803/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application requesting an exemption to the three year ruling for Volunteers in the State be considered in this case. This application was initially received on 10 February 2016 and was immediately acknowledged with a request for further documentation and information. This documentation was received on 10 March 2016. Applications are dealt with in chronological order. I understand that the application in question is currently receiving attention and INIS will be in touch with the applicant in the coming weeks.
Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for his 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.