Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Thursday, 30 September 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 589 No. 2

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  219.  Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the reason the Government has adopted the policy of preventing spouses here on family reunification visas from working; and his views on whether this policy is unfair and should be reversed. [23129/04]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I presume the Deputy is referring to the provisions of section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996, which provides a transparent statutory framework for family reunification for refugees.

Under the aforementioned section, a refugee may apply for family members to join him or her in the State. If the application is approved family reunification visas are issued to the family members in question. Such family members are entitled, on arrival in the State, to work without obtaining work permits.


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