249. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if permissions to reside here will be renewed on a temporary basis for Venezuelan nationals based on their most recent passport even if they are out of date for less than two years and in cases in which the applicant can prove that they have applied to renew their passport, in view of the chaotic situation in that country which means that many passports cannot be renewed at this time even though valid applications for same have been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27694/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that it considers the renewal of an immigration permission of a person who does not hold a valid passport, if that person can give a satisfactory explanation of any circumstances that may prevent them from producing a valid passport, subject of course to all other aspects being in order. Each case is considered on its individual circumstances.
I am further advised that in practice such a person may be granted a temporary immigration permission for up to six months, subject to them providing evidence that they have applied to their National Authorities for a renewal of their passport.