178. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11482/19]
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 02/12/2016 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 de facto partner of a citizen of Romania.
This application was refused on 07/11/2017 as the Minister was satisfied that they had submitted false and misleading documentation in support of their application. As such, their application was refused in accordance with Regulation 27(1)(a) of the 2015 Regulations.
The person concerned requested a review of that decision on 21/11/2017. This review application is currently at an advanced stage of consideration. I note that INIS has corresponded recently with the person concerned and a determination will issue in due course, when all matters have been fully considered.
Applications are dealt with in strict chronological order. Although it is not possible at the present time to provide a definitive date by which a determination will be made in this case, there will be no avoidable delay in completing same, and the person concerned should expect a decision in the near future.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases 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 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.