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Applying family reunification based on Dublin III regulations

Applying family reunification based on Dublin III regulations

It is possible for you to be reunified with family members who are staying as asylum seekers in another Dublin III member state. Such states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (herein after referred to as the “Dublin III” States).

It is also possible for you to apply to be unified with the members of your family in another Dublin III State and have your asylum application processed there.

What is needed:

The person who wishes to have their family come to them has to:


a) have lodged a asylum application in a Dublin III State and not received their first decision to it or
b) have a valid residence permit in a Dublin III State
and reside in that Dublin III State where they wish to have the family reunification to take place


the family members have to be asylum seekers in a Dublin III State

How to apply: 

The family members of the person wanting to reunite with them will lodge the application. If you wish to have your family to come to Finland, they will lodge the application in the Migration Office of the state where they are. You cannot make the application for them.

When making the application, the family members will need to apply for a Dublin transfer based on family ties in another member state.

The family members will need your documents (ie. copy of residence permit, of passport, etc.) for the application. You will need to send these to them.

It is best to apply for the transfer as soon as possible after arriving to a Dublin III State

The process:

The two Dublin III states will process the application. Then the Finnish Migration office will ask you do you resist your family members being reunited with you. 

The process usually lasts approximately six (6 ) months

More information:

Finnish Migration Office:

Dublin III- Family reunification and other legal pathways on Greece