Dáil Éireann - Volume 649 - 11 March, 2008

Written Answers. - Residency Permits.

Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a decision will issue in relation to a long-term residency application by a person (detail supplied) in County Kildare in view of the fact that the application is with his Department a year. [10242/08]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: The position in relation to granting long term residency is as follows: Persons who have been legally resident in the State for over five years on the basis of work permit/work authorisation/work visa conditions may apply to the Immigration Division of my Department for a five year residency extension. In that context they may also apply to be exempt from employment permit requirements.

While applications for long term residency are under consideration, the person concerned should ensure that their permission to remain in the State is kept up to date. An application for long term residency from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in February 2007. I understand that applications received in August 2006 are currently being dealt with. As soon as a decision is made on the case, the person concerned will be notified.

Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when an application for long-term residency by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be [1001] processed; and if this application will be expedited in view of the length of time since it was lodged. [10360/08]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: Long term residency is an administrative scheme that was introduced in May 2004 and is focused on persons who have been legally resident in the State for over five years on the basis of work permit / work authorisation / work visa conditions. Such persons may apply to the Immigration Division of my Department for a five year residency extension. In that context they may also apply to be exempt from employment permit requirements.

While applications for long term residency are under consideration, the person concerned should ensure that their permission to remain in the State is kept up to date. An application for long term residency from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in July 2007. I understand that applications received in August 2006 are currently being dealt with. As soon as a decision is made on the case, the person concerned will be notified.