489. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice when a visa application (details supplied) under the EU Directive 2004/38/EC will be determined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27674/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The persons referred to by the Deputy created an on-line Family member of EU/EEA/Swiss cit. (other) visa applications on 24 December 2020. Upon creating on-line visa applications, the summary sheet must be printed and signed by the applicant and then submitted to the relevant Visa Office, along with supporting documentation and the relevant fee, within 30 days. Only upon receipt of the necessary documentation and fee, can the visa application be processed further.
The summary sheet and supporting documentation in respect of the applications referred to were received by the local mission on 14 January 2021 and are currently awaiting comprehensive examination.
In accordance with the provisions under Point 21.1 of my Department's Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification (www.inis.gov.ie), processing of family reunification visa applications, such as these, may take up to six months to determine from the date the documentation is received in the relevant Visa Office. However, this is a business target and not a legal obligation.
The Visa Office endeavours to have applications of this nature processed earlier than this, however, this is not always possible. In order to be fair to all applicants, applications are processed in order by date received in the Office. Applications will not be normally be processed ahead of others in the queue unless there are extremely urgent reasons requiring immediate travel.
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.