Status and rights of family members


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


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In the case of family asylum, the beneficiaries themselves are granted the same rights as the sponsor. However, as the refugee status originated in the grounds of the sponsor, the refugee status is of a derivative character, therefore it is not possible for persons with this kind of status to be the sponsor of further family members. The same applies to cases of temporary admission status as a refugee.

However, before the family members are included in the sponsor’s status, the SEM usually examines whether they fulfil the refugee definition on their own and are therefore granted their own original refugee status.

In case there are asylum exclusion grounds[1] relating to the family member, this person will only be granted a temporary admission as refugee even though the sponsor was granted asylum.[2]

Family members of a person who has been granted a temporary admission status will receive the same status, if the application for family reunification is granted. If the family members arrive independently of the sponsor, they have to make their own asylum application and will receive temporary admission if those conditions are met.


[1]           Articles 53 and 54 AsylA.

[2]           Federal Administrative Court, Decision BVGE 2015/40.


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