Congolese boy may stay

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – After weeks of campaigning, it looks as if the Defence for Children has managed to secure 17-year-old Eric from Congo permission to stay in the Netherlands. State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak wrote this in answer to questions from the Socialist Party SP. The boy had been rejected for a residence permit.

29 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – After weeks of campaigning, it looks as if the Defence for Children has managed to secure 17-year-old Eric from Congo permission to stay in the Netherlands. State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak wrote this in answer to questions from the Socialist Party SP. The boy had been rejected for a residence permit.

Eric and his mother became separated during the civil war in Congo. She fled the country in 1993. Eric was five at the time. He managed to find her in the Netherlands years later. His mother, brothers and sisters all have residence permits. Eric was unable to obtain one because he had not secured a temporary residence permit (MVV) before coming to the Netherlands. Applicants for residence permits must apply for the MVV in their country of origin.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) threatened to deport Eric, upon which the Defence for Children, joined by the municipal council of Klundert in Brabant, where Eric lives with his family, came into action.

State secretary Albayrak has now written that he may apply for a residence permit once again and will be exempted from the MVV requirement.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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