293. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 87 of 28 March 2019, if the person (details supplied) should apply for a work permit in the meantime in order to ensure their employment prospects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21636/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned has submitted written representations.
These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicable legislation, in advance of a final decision being made. This decision will be made as soon as it is possible to do so.
The Deputy will appreciate that it is not the role of my Department to advise a person as to what immigration based applications they should make. Therefore, it will be a matter for the person concerned to decide if they should make an application for a work permit. It would also be open to the person concerned to seek advice from a solicitor, a trusted friend or advocate with experience and expertise in the Irish immigration area as regards what nature of immigration application might best represent their interests.
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.