221. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time persons (details supplied) will be waiting for long-stay visa application in order that they can be reunited with their spouse and father. [13445/16]


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 the visa application referred to by the Deputy was received by the Visa Office in Dublin on the 18th of January 2016. Applications of this type are typically processed by the Dublin Visa Office within 6 months of receipt. The applicant can expect a decision by the end of July 2016.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS 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 .
In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (