Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
142. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons who have become undocumented following their involvement in the residence permit renewal process for persons who were granted residency here under the Irish born child 2005 scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8439/10]
143. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons have lost their jobs due to the fact that they were unable to renew their residence permits, despite following the instructions advertised by his Department and in situations where employers have tried to contact the Garda National Immigration Bureau seeking clarification of their employees’ residence status and permission to continue in employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8440/10]
144. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that while some migrants who were unable to renew their residence permits were offered a three month temporary residence permit as a stop gap measure were being charged €150 for these temporary permits; if he will ensure that they are not then charged another €150 for their three year permit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8441/10]
145. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will ensure that a penalty, financial or otherwise, will not be imposed on persons who were involved in the residence permit renewal process; if he will assure such persons that it will not jeopardise future citizenship applications. [8442/10]
I wish to inform the Deputy that I am aware of the situation to which he refers, which is specific to the parents of Irish Born Children granted permission to remain in the State under the IBC/05 Scheme. Currently, IBC renewals are being effected by Immigration Officers in the Garda National Immigration Bureau and by local immigration officers outside Dublin.
A total of 14,139 parents are due to have their permission to remain in the State renewed over the course of 2010, with a high proportion of renewals arising in the six month period from May to October. It is not possible to give an exact figure as regards the number of parents currently undocumented. I wish to inform the Deputy that the renewal of permission to remain for those persons in employment whose permission is due to expire is being prioritised.
Persons involved in the IBC renewal process are expected to pay the current €150 registration fee. There are persons who were granted a three month temporary residence — mainly for work or travel related reasons — and who were charged the registration fee of €150. A further fee of €150 will be charged by the GNIB for renewing their permission for a further three years when this renewal arises. However, persons who have paid this additional fee can apply for and be considered for a refund of this amount.
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