Question: “Does Malta accept family reunification applications?”
Answer: If you are in Greece, you are able to apply for family reunification with your family members who currently live legally in another European member state.
The “Dublin III” Regulation determines which European State is responsible for examining your application.
The EU member states which are a party to the “Dublin III” Regulation include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
You are eligible to apply for family reunification:
- If you are an adult (over 18 years old), you can ask to live with your spouse or your child;
- If you are under 18 years old and travelling without your parents or a legal guardian, you can ask to join to your mother/father, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, or grandmother/grandfather.
From the day your application for family reunification is registered:
- Greece has three months to ask the other EU country to proceed your family reunification.
- The other country has another two months to send its answer back to Greece.
- After a positive decision, Greece has six months to send you to the country where you applied to be sent.
However, the duration of the process may last much longer in practice.
If Malta accepts your application for family reunification then your asylum claim will be examined in Malta.
If Malta refuses your request for family reunification, you will be able to remain in Greece while your asylum application is examined in Greece.