91. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) will be included in the next conferring ceremony. [41307/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation has been received on behalf of the person referred to by the Deputy. This application has entered the final stage of processing.
The prescribed fee and documentation have been received. However the GNIB card received indicates that the person's permission to reside in the State expired on 17 June 2018. All non-EEA nationals are required to keep their permission to remain in the State up to date at all times, and to have such permission registered. Failure to do so may adversely affect an application for a certificate of naturalisation.
A letter issued on 8 October 2018 requesting a GNIB card showing an up to date permission to remain. Once this is received the certificate of naturalisation will issue by registered post. As the person referred to by the Deputy is a minor there is no requirement to attend a citizenship ceremony.
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.