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Fri, 08 Apr, 2016 12:02:35 AM
FTimes Report, April 8
 
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The government on Thursday submitted its proposal to Parliament for amending the Aliens Act seeking to tighten the criteria for family reunification for the immigrants.
 
According to the proposal, in future, beneficiaries of international or temporary protection would be required to prove that they have sufficient means of sub-sistence before they could exercise the right to family reunification, said an of-ficial press release.
 
Those applying for international protection may be granted, for example, asy-lum or a residence permit on the basis of subsidiary protection.
 
The proof of sufficient means of subsistence would also apply to the 'old fami-lies' of beneficiaries of international or temporary protection. This means the family that has existed before the sponsor arrives in Finland. 
 
Under the current Act, the sponsor is already required to provide proof of sufficient means of subsistence in cases where an application for family reunification is made for a family that has been established after the sponsor's entry into the country.
 
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Family members of those granted asylum could apply for family reunifica-tion within three months after the sponsor has received the asylum decision and they are not required to provide proof of sufficient means of subsistence. 
 
The same would apply to refugees admitted under the quota. After these three months, the condition of proof of sufficient means of subsistence would also apply to them. 
 
The period of three months is laid down in the EU Directive and all Member States are bound by it. However, the condition of proof of sufficient means of subsistence would always apply to beneficiaries of subsidiary protection.
 
In individual cases, an exemption could be made from the condition if there are exceptionally weighty reasons for it or this is in the best interest of the child. 
 
Under the current Act, this is already possible in cases where proof of sufficient means of subsistence is required before a family member may be issued with a residence permit.
 
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