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Definition

Definition of family member and dependent family member for the purposes of family reunification of refugees under section 18 of the Refugee Act, 1996.

A refugee can apply under section 18(3) of the 1996 Act for family reunification of a member of his/her family. A member of the family of a refugee is
  • Where a refugee is married, his/her spouse, providing the marriage is subsisting on the date of the family reunification application.
  • The child/children of a refugee, who, on the date of the application is under 18 years and unmarried.
  • The parents of the refugee, where the refugee is unmarried and aged under 18 years at the date of the family reunification application.
A refugee can apply under section 18(4) of the 1996 Act for family reunification of a dependent member of his/her family. The Minister for Justice and Equality has discretion to grant permission for a dependent member of the family of a refugee to be reunited with the refugee in certain circumstances. A dependent member of the family of a refugee is a
  • grandparent, parent, brother, sister, child, grandchild, ward or guardian.
It should be noted that an application for a dependant member of the family of a refugee must be accompanied by documentary evidence setting out how the person is dependent on the refugee including documentary evidence of financial support provided by the refugee and medical reports attesting to the physical or mental incapacity of the dependent family member (where applicable).



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