427. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice if a visa application for a person (details supplied) is being processed as a medical emergency; if further supporting documents are required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [59862/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): Following full consideration by a Visa Officer, the visa application referred to was refused. The letter issued to the applicant outlines the reasons for this refusal. To date, no appeal of this decision has been received by the Visa Office. It is open to the applicant to appeal this decision, in writing, within two months of the date of the refusal. Appeals must be in written form and sent to the Visa Appeals Officer in the relevant Visa Office.
All visa applicants are advised that the onus is on them to provide as much information in support of their application as they feel is necessary. Guidelines in this regard are posted on my Department's Irish Immigration website (www.irishimmigration.ie). Applicants that strictly follow these guidelines have an improved prospect of receiving a positive decision at first instance.
When making an appeal, the applicant should take into account the reasons for refusal listed in the refusal letter. The appeal should include any further information or additional documentation they wish to have considered, and should be sent for the attention of the Visa Appeals Officer, in the relevant Visa Office, where the matter will be considered afresh.
Full consideration will be given to any appeal received on behalf of the applicant, however the onus is on the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.