381. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of submissions in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44648/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned applied on 27 April 2017 for a residence card as a family member of an EU citizen under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council. They stated at that time that they were the spouse of a citizen of Italy.
This application was refused on 14 November 2017 as the Minister was not satisfied that the EU citizen concerned was exercising their EU Treaty Rights in the State through employment, self-employment, the pursuit of a course of study, involuntary unemployment or the possession of sufficient resources in conformity with Regulation 6(3) of the Regulations.
The person concerned requested a review of that decision on 24 November 2017, which application is currently at an advanced stage of consideration. INIS will correspond with the person concerned when a determination has been made in their case, and they may expect a decision within a period of weeks.
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 INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.