Germany: Visa applications for family reunification must be treated as urgent for those soon to reach age of majority

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Administrative Court of Berlin recently published its decision (38 L 442.19 V) on family reunification cases concerning minors soon to reach the age of majority.

In its decision, the Court states that applications for visas for family reunification as a subsidiary protection beneficiary must be treated as particularly urgent by the immigration authorities when the person entitled to apply for said visa  is close to the age of eighteen. Indeed, in such cases, the Aliens department has to ensure that applications are processed preferentially and expeditiously to ensure that the rights of minors entitled to subsidiary protection are protected.

Based on an unofficial translation by the EWLU team.

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Child Specific Considerations
Family reunification
Subsidiary Protection