Status and rights of family members


Country Report: Status and rights of family members Last updated: 30/11/20


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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 the family member has a permit, the permit can be revoked. There is an exception for children. If the family life between minor or adult children and their parents end (e.g. because the child forms a family of their own or lives independently) after the first year the family member (either the child itself or the parent of the unaccompanied minor) has the derived asylum status, the permit will not be revoked. If children within that year follow a study and for that reason live independently, the 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