Written Answers - Visa Applications

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 708 No. 3

First Page Previous Page Page of 290 Next Page Last Page

  222.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   how an American citizen might remain in this country beyond the 90 day holiday visa granted on entry. [18868/10]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 176 on 29 April 2010 in which I stated that it is the policy of my Department not to extend a permission to remain to persons who are admitted for a period of 90 days or less on a short stay visit, save in very exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. The reason for that policy is that an extension of visitor’s permission should not generally arise in circumstances where the person has accurately and fully disclosed their purpose for intending to come to the State at the visa application stage and/or to the immigration officer at the port of entry. Where exceptional and unforeseen circumstances arise, the person may contact their local immigration officer to seek to extend their permission to remain.

Where the person seeking a change of status is of a nationality that is not visa required, some additional latitude may be applied on a case by case basis where that person’s circumstances have changed since their arrival in the State. If the Deputy has a particular case in mind he should advise that person to apply in writing to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 setting out their changed circumstances in detail.


Last Updated: 12/01/2011 13:25:04 First Page Previous Page Page of 290 Next Page Last Page