MY CHILD TURNED 18 DURING HIS ASYLUM PROCEDURE IN EUROPE. CAN I MAKE REUNIFICATION THROUGH A VISA TO HIM?

Yes, under certain circumstances this is now possible. The European High Court has decided this month, that minors who turn 18 during their asylum procedure still have the possibility to bring their parents through a visa for family reunification. But there are some conditions to that:

  • The former minor needs to be granted refugee status.
  • Also he needs to have been an under 18 when he applied for asylum in the European country.
  • The visa application needs to be done latest three months after the former minor is granted refugee status.

If in your case the three months deadline has already passed, you have now the chance to apply latest until three months after the publishing of the court decision, which is the 12th of July.

To give you an example: Ahmad is 17 when he arrives in Germany. He applies there for asylum. He is granted refugee status after he turned 18. His parents who live in a refugee camp in Turkey, try to apply for a visa for family reunification at the German consulate in Istanbul. But the visa application gets rejected because Ahmad is already 18. Because of this court decision of the European High court, the parents of Ahmad can make another visa application. If they have all the relevant documents and do the application on time, they should be granted the visa.

Please be aware, that family reunification in a system as described above is only possible for parents. The reunification of siblings is not mandatory and only to the discretion of the relevant state. If you think you have a case like that, please write us on Facebook or send a WhatsApp message to 0030 695 538 8283. Please keep in mind that family reunification over the embassy has a lot of requirements, like for example valid passports or legalized documents to proof your family relationship.

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