Description: 

The topic of this study is family reunification of third-country nationals in Austria. Main parts of the study are dedicated to the requirements and the procedure for family reunification. Additionally, the rights and duties of family members after their arrival in Austria are dealt with. The study also highlights recent developments, challenges and good practices in this field. In a separate chapter, important court rulings with respect to family reunification are presented and commented upon. Statistical information is also included in a separate chapter. 

Table of contents: 
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1 Topic of study
    • 1.2 General remarks
    • 1.3 Recent developments in family reunification
    • 1.4 Definitions
    • 1.5 Methodology
  • 2. POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES OF FAMILY REUNIFICATION
    • 2.1 Potential sponsors
    • 2.2 Family members entitled to family reunification
  • 3. REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBSEQUENT MIGRATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS
    • 3.1 Accommodation to local standards, health insurance and secure means of subsistence
    • 3.2 Integration measures
    • 3.3 Waiting period and quota requirement
    • 3.4 Public order and security
    • 3.5 Challenges and good practices
  • 4. THE FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROCEDURE
    • 4.1 Application
    • 4.2 Responsible authorities
    • 4.3 Establishing identity and family membership
    • 4.4 Special considerations for minors
    • 4.5 Duration of the procedure
    • 4.6 Challenges and good practices
  • 5. RIGHTS OF FAMILY MEMBERS ARRIVING IN AUSTRIA UNDER FAMILY REUNIFICATION
    • 5.1 Access to education
    • 5.2 Access to gainful employment
    • 5.3 Right to an independent residence permit
    • 5.4 Right to renewal of a residence permit
    • 5.5 Permanent residence and citizenship
  • 6. SELECTED COURT RULINGS RELATING TO FAMILY REUNIFICATION
    • 6.1 Rulings by the courts at European level
    • 6.2 Court rulings at national level
  • 7. STATISTICS
  • 8. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
  • ANNEX
    • A.1 List of translations and abbreviations
    • A.2 List of sources

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