481. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Justice the amount spent on external legal services by An Garda Síochána in 2014, 2019 and 2020, in tabular form. [27503/21]

482. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice if a change of status from stamp 3 to stamp 4 can be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27504/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The person referred to by the Deputy is registered on Stamp 3 conditions until 21 June 2021.
It is open to the person concerned to apply for a change of immigration status from Stamp 3 to Stamp 4 if they meet the criteria for doing so. Further information on the criteria for changing immigration permission, including instructions on how to change permission are available on the Immigration Service website at:
If the person concerned does not meet the criteria, it is open to them to seek an employment permit from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE), should they wish to take up employment in the State. Further information on employment permits is available on the DETE website at:
If the person is successful in obtaining an employment permit, they may then apply to the Immigration Service of my Department for a change of status from Stamp 3 dependent permission to a Stamp 1 employment permission allowing them to work in the State on their employment permit conditions.
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, 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.