There is nothing as soothing as returning home to your loved ones after a day out or a few days out. Think of the people who do not get to experience such moments that we all take for granted. They crave to have the same life as you but cannot because of many boundaries.

As a human being, we are social and cannot really be happy living alone. Well, people who have always lived alone may be, but people who are separated from their family will always have a hole in their heart, missing their family. If you are just someone living in the same country as your family and being able to visit them whenever you want- the feeling is different.

There are people in this world, who do not even know when or where their family is. Even if they do, they have to fight through laws to be together with their family. This is where family reunification laws step in to play a huge role.

Some benefit the country people are reuniting in; some benefit the people who are moving in. There is a lot of bureaucratic obstacles to be overcome here. So, now we will find out how family reunification law works & everything there is to know about it.

Family Reunification: Who can you unite?

Well, you may count your best friend as a brother or sister- a family member but family reunification laws do not really look at it that way. You should either have documents proving your relation or actual DNA matches. So, who can you bring in?

Spouse: At some point in life, most people decide to settle down with someone. Now, what if this person settling down has chosen a foreigner to settle down with? A country is not as cruel as only allowing you temporary visits.

In fact, many countries, especially the USA allows you to make your foreign spouse a citizen.

Children born in the country: A spouse may be a foreigner but the child with him/her is not if he or she is born within the country in most countries. Apparently, the hospital registers the child as one of its own citizens.

Step Children with the spouse: Your spouse may have children from another marriage and when you marry him or her, you can consider to bring him in the country as well.

Parents and grandparents: They are considered your main family and you can try to bring them in as a family reunification case.

Brothers and Sisters: They are also your immediate family. As a result, you can consider them for family reunification cases too.

Who you can consider family varies greatly across countries and states. Some countries like Canada are very open to family reunification for migrants while others may not welcome it. For example, the current president of the United States Donald Trump, himself is quite not happy about too many immigrants to let alone their family. So, you will have to check the specific laws of the specific country you are trying to work on.

Family Reunification: The Things to consider

Not everyone can just apply to reunite with their family and bring them into a foreign country to live forever. This is where the state or country will look at the benefits it will get as well. It’s not really merciless but quite logical. So, here are some things you should keep in mind as they may make you lose your claim for family reunification.

The reason behind migration: You may be an immigrant yourself or you may be trying to get reunite with a foreign family member. Now, you may be married to the person or the person may be your immediate family member who wants to live with you. The reason has to be notable. You cannot just bring in someone saying they are here to live just because they wish to.

Age: There are specific rules regarding age in various countries. Some countries allow the minors to enter easily while many don’t as they won’t really contribute much. Again, some countries impose extra rules on the adults coming in through family reunification cases.

Even in the case of marriages, countries state the minimum age for marriage. Some countries specify how many years a couple is to stay married in order to be considered for family reunification.

Records: If the person being considered for family reunification has a history of crimes, the country will be less willing to reunite him with his family. Other than criminal records, medical one’s matter as well. If the person’s health condition can be detrimental to the country he is applying to, the country may reject his application right away for its own safety.

Income: A few countries impose a minimum income threshold as well to make sure the person is well capable of taking care of himself and the family. No matter how kind, a country cannot risk its poverty and economic situation so there are specific laws regarding income as well.

There are a number of relevant factors like this contributing to the family reunification laws. For example, polygamy is not something most countries accept. Just be aware of such factors when considering a country for family reunification.

Family Reunification: The Process

The anticipation, the wait, the suffering, the uncertainty and the anxiety related to the process for family reunification is immeasurable. However, there is a common process that works everywhere and we explain it below.

A person from a third world country may be reluctant to get back to his country. If the reasons are trauma or unlivable conditions, then he has to go through an interview.

The Credible Fear Interview: This is where a potential immigrant answers to an immigration officer about the reasons for them leaving the country, and why they cannot go back. If the reasons seem valid their claim reaches court where it passes a final order. It may be in their favor and it may not be. The reason is usually related to political, religious, ethnic situations, etc.

The Reasonable Fear Interview: In case they have no reason for a credible fear interview they have to go through a reasonable fear interview. It’s up to the asylum officer to decide if they can go to the next step- the court.

An order: Nowadays a direct order reunites many families. But, there is a slight twist here. They are required to sign a document where they have to follow many rules.

The catch here is that the immigrants being overwhelmed about meeting their family do not even clearly know the rules or read it. They just sign and later break the rules to get detained. Most often, they do not even speak the language the rules are stated in. So, this is a current concern.

Moving asylum: The ones in for family reunification are moved from one asylum to another throughout the process. They have to constantly adjust and live in deep worries. They do not know where their loved ones are and when they may be able to see them.

But, the government works tirelessly to reunite them through a systematic process of movement. It is mostly the ones asking for family reunification who has to be present at the right place at the right time. They often fail to understand that and make a mistake that cost them their times with their loved ones.

And in this case, Personal Injury Solicitors Dublin can be your great choice of family reunification lawyers.

In conclusion

Family reunification is a tough and complex process involving a lot of things. A country, it’s economy, society, culture and human emotions are related to family reunification. It is not only hard for the families but for the country as well because they need to balance every side.

If you are considering it, study deeper and be country-specific. So that when you are actually in the process you do not get shocked by anything new.

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