246. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the options available for a person (detail supplied) to extend their stay here following a working holiday visa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27582/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to is here on a Working Holiday Authorisation and has permission to remain until 15 July 2018.
In relation to the Working Holiday Authorisation, I wish to draw your attention to its Terms and Conditions as published on www.dfa.ie which states that '...Permission to those entering Ireland on the basis of a Working Holiday Authorisation shall be valid for a maximum of twenty four (24) months from the date of entry into Ireland...' and that '... Extensions to the period of validity of such permission shall not be granted. Participants must leave Ireland on the expiration of their permission, which can not be extended nor renewed.'
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.