Question: “ I am a mother with children [without their father] and was given residency in Greece. When I want to apply for travel documents for the kids, do I have to get proof of their guardian from a Greek court? ”
Answer: Sources familiar with the topic contacted by News that Moves say that if the minor is accompanied by both her/his parents, they are entitled to apply for travel documents on behalf of the minor.
However, according to the Greek law, both parents need to give their consent for obtaining travel documents for their minor child.
What to do if one of the parents is not present:
- If one of the minor’s parents has died, the parent who accompanies the child needs to provide the death certificate of his/her spouse;
- If one parent is absent, or if the parent who accompanies the child does not possess the death certificate, or if it is impossible to obtain it from their country of origin, then s/he can make a solemn declaration stating the parent’s death or absence and then, s/he may submit an application for travel documents on behalf of her/his children.
The legal department of Solidarity Now told News That Moves that there is not any official legal policy on this issue yet, but authorities are expecting a legal clarification to be issued soon.