PQ: Visa Agreements (Marriage)

Tue, November 3, 2015

602. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if US citizens residing here on a stamp 4 basis, who wish to marry a non-EEA national who is not residing here, are required to meet a member of An Garda Síochána or the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Bureau to satisfy them that the relationship is not one of convenience; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Civil Registration function is a matter for my colleague the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection.

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that under the terms of the Civil Registration (Amendment Act) 2014, a statutory framework has been created where the INIS and the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) work closely with Registrars to prevent marriages of convenience taking place and to ensure no immigration advantage is gained as a result.

Insofar as the category of persons referred to by the Deputy is concerned, I am advised by INIS that there is no requirement for either party to this proposed marriage to meet with immigration officials or members of GNIB.