238. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the recent decision with regard to an application (details supplied); if an exception can be made to allow the applicant to continue working in their job with a change of status to a stamp 4; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27482/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that his question primarily concerns the issue of eligible and ineligible categories of employment for employment permit purposes, which is a policy matter for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. My Department has no function in the matter.
However, I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person's application for permission to remain in the State has been considered and that the person concerned has been notified of the decision.
The original application was received from the person concerned on 2 November 2017 and a decision letter issued on 17 January 2018.
On 22 March 2018 a review of the original application was requested as an exceptional measure. A decision letter in response to this exceptional request for a review of the original application was issued on 28 May 2018.
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.