270. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the average processing time for applications under the immigrant investor programmes; if she has a dedicated contact point in her Department with which applicants or their representatives can correspond; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2724/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Evaluation Committee, which is responsible for determining applications made under the Immigrant Investor Programme/Start Up Entrepreneur Programme, meets every two to three months. Therefore, depending on how far in advance of a meeting an application is received, the overall processing time could take from one to four months.
The Department will contact the Deputy with regard to a dedicated contact point.