60. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in determination of eligibility for a long-stay visa in the case of a person (details supplied); when the application is likely to be determined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12480/17]


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 application referred to was made on-line on 14 September 2016. The Visa Office subsequently telephoned the applicant to request additional information. However, this has not yet been received and therefore no decision has been made. The applicant is advised to submit this information as quickly as possible.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information 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.
In addition, members of the public may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (