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Sat, 18 Jun, 2016 12:07:23 AM
Parliament amends Alien Act
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 18
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The parliament on Friday approved the amendments in the Alien Act with the view to tighten the criteria for family reunification for the immigrants.
The lawmakers of the ruling three parties supported the bill while the opposition parties voted against.
A total of 92 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill and 66 lawmakers voted against while 41 lawmakers remained absent.
According to the new law, beneficiaries of international protection must show means of support before family reunification approval, if the reunification is not requested within three months of being granted asylum.
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Those applying for international protection may be granted, for example, asylum or a residence permit on the basis of subsidiary protection.
The proof of sufficient means of subsistence would also apply to the 'old families' of beneficiar-ies of international or temporary protection. This means the family that has existed before the sponsor arrives in Finland.
Under the previous Act, the sponsor was  required to provide proof of sufficient means of sub-sistence 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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