159. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current or expected long-term residency and citizenship status of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29048/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there is no record of an application for Long Term Residency from the person concerned. In order to make an application for Long Term Residency the person concerned must have been legally resident in the State for a minimum of 5 years (i.e. 60 months) on an employment permit/work authorisation/working visa conditions. Details of the application process are available on the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Long_Term_Residency.
I am also advised that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy. It is, however, open to any individual to lodge an application for a certificate of naturalisation if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. Full details of the eligibility criteria and extensive guidelines are available on the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie.
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.