Albayrak won't decide on fiancé's permit

11th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – State secretary for immigration Nebahat Albayrak (Labour party PvdA) plans to marry her Turkish fiancé, a resident of the UK, in the near future.

11 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – State secretary for immigration Nebahat Albayrak (Labour party PvdA) plans to marry her Turkish fiancé, a resident of the UK, in the near future.

Since Albayrak is responsible for the admission of foreigners to the Netherlands, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Christian democrat CDA) will handle her fiancé's application for a residence permit, so as to avoid any semblance of a conflict of interest on the part of the state secretary, the NRC Handelsblad reports.

The fiancé will need to apply for a temporary residence permit via the justice minister and plans to do so before the summer. The state secretary is politically responsible for these kinds of permits.

Albayrak wished to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest and thus reported upon her appointment as state secretary that she wanted to relinquish the decision on her future husband's application to another member of government. Prime Minister Balkenende granted her request.

It is customary in The Hague for members of government to relinquish part of their portfolio if they anticipate a possible conflict of interests.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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