Status and rights of family members


Country Report: Status and rights of family members Last updated: 22/05/23


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Family members are granted the same status and rights as the sponsor. Their status however, is derived from the status of the sponsor. This entails that if the relationship between the sponsor and the family member ends within the first 5 years after the family member received the permit, the permit can be revoked. There is an exception for children. If the family life between minor or adult children and their parents ends (e.g. because the child forms a family of his own or lives independently) after the first after year the family member (either the child itself or the parent of the unaccompanied minor) received the derived asylum status, the permit will not be revoked. This also applies to children that live, in this first, year separately from their parents for study reasons or due to a lack of space in the housing accommodation of the family. In these cases, family life will not be considered to have ended.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation