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Written Answers - Visa Applications

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 161.  Deputy Jack Wall Information on Jack Wall Zoom on Jack Wall  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the mechanism available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare to address a family matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7394/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter On the basis of the information provided by the Deputy it is unclear as to the nationality of the person who will be seeking entry into the State. If the person is a national who is not exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa (as per Statutory Instrument 345 of 2011. Immigration Act 2004 (Visas)), the person referred to is required to be in possession of a visa prior to seeking entry to the State.

All persons who are visa required and who are not in possession of same should refer to the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service ( The visa application process and procedures are available there. Each visa application is considered on its individual merits the onus resting with the applicant to satisfy the visa officer as to why the visa sought should be granted. Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS 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. [177] The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

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