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NETHERLANDS: Family Reunification Restricted

The Netherlands will restrict family reunification to spouses, registered partners, and minor children. Unmarried partners and children who are not minors will no longer be eligible for family reunification.

A same-sex partner who is not allowed to marry by law in his or her country of origin may be eligible for a temporary residence permit in the Netherlands for a period of six months. During these six months, the same-sex partners must marry in the Netherlands or form a registered partnership.

The Dutch cabinet has agreed with these changes, proposed by the Minister for Immigration and Asylum. They will be introduced in the Dutch parliament soon.

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