MINORS

To contain the impact of the lock-down due to the public health emergency Covid-19, the Italian government has approved a series of measures to aid minors, education and childhood activities. In this section, which will be constantly updated, you will find all the information with regards to minors.

Useful Information Concerning Administrative Continuation for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors Who Are 18 Years Old or Will Be in the Next Monthsናይ ምምሕዳርቀጻልነት፡ ንትሕቲ ዕድመ ዝመጹ ስደተኛታት፡ ዕድመኦም 18 ንዝመልኡን ክመልኡ ኣዋርሕ ንዝተረፎምን፡ ኣድለይቲ ሓበሬታታት

Hallo Everybody, 

With the widening of the Coronavirus state of emergency, many aspects of daily life have changed. For some of you in particular, your school and internships programs, the procedure to renew or obtain a residence permit have changed or slowed down.  

If you are in need of information or clarification about your personal situation, ask the following people for help: 

  • Your guardian,
  • Staff at the center where you live,
  • In case you shouldn’t reside in a center, avail yourself of a referral organization such as ARCI.

Here are some useful information on administrative continuation: 

What is Administrative Continuation? 

According to Italian law, Administrative Continuation grants unaccompanied foreign minors who hold a residence permit, are about to turn 18, the possibility to prolong their program of integration in Italy until they become 21 years old. 

Who Qualifies for Administrative Continuation? 

Administrative Continuation is for all unaccompanied foreign minors who are about to turn 18 years old and hold a residence permit. 

Who Files the Petition for Administrative Continuation?  

  • Your guardian,

or 

  • The Department of Social Services of the town where you live, in cooperation with the staff of the center where you reside.

    NBShould you have a problem filing the petition via your guardian or Social Services, you may ask for help from a referral organization (e. g. ARCI) to petition Juvenile Court directly. 

How Is the Petition for Administrative Continuation Filed? 

The request for Administrative Continuation is filed directly in Juvenile Court (Request forms are available online.)  

In the petition for Administrative Continuation, Social Services will ask Juvenile Court to prolong your stay till the age of 21 in the facility where you live so as to insure the continuation of the programs you have undertaken upon arriving in Italy. 

Where Must the Petition Be Filed? 

  • The Government Attorney's Office at Juvenile Court 

or 

  • In Juvenile Court directly.

When Must the Petition Be Filed? 

Before the minor's 18th birthday. 

What Decision Might One Expect? 

After a careful evaluation, Juvenile Court can decide to assign the minor to Social Services thus prolonging his/her stay in the center of residence until his/her 21st birthday is reached. 

What if the Decision Is Negative? 

In this instance our advice is to ask your guardian or the staff of the center where you live for more information regarding your personal situation. 

Is It Possible to File a Petition for Administrative Continuation During This Emergency? 

Yes. For further information ask your guardian or the staff at the center where you live for additional information regarding your situation. 

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ARE YOU A MINOR AWAITING FAMILY REUNIFICATION?

Hello!

If you are waiting to reunite with a member of your family through the so called “Dublin III Regulation” procedure, read these information carefully:

  • As you may already know, the emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic concerns every Member State of the European Union. The main goal of all these States is to protect people’s health, by minimizing movements within and outside States’ territory.
  • If you are at the initial stage of the procedure, use this time to search for documents related to you and the relative you are willing to join in the EU. If you can, contact your relatives and ask them to send you pictures, birth certificates, identity cards, or any other proof of the fact that you are a family: this material can be sent even during this period. The offices that deal with your reunification request are still working!
  • Precautionary measures to deal with the emergency do not stop permanently your transfer, even though they might slow down your family reunification procedure: the emergency we are living in, is temporary, it won’t last forever! Try to remain calm, you just need to be patient!
  • If you already submitted a family reunification request and you are about to turn 18, or you turned 18 right after submitting it, don’t worry: your application goes on even if you became an adult!
  • If you are about to turn 18, you would like to reunite with a member of your family that lives in another EU Member State, but you haven’t submitted the application for family reunification yet, talk about it asap with your legal guardian, operator, lawyer or social assistant: they know what to do and how to help you.
  • If you are having doubts, talk about it! The legal guardian, operator, lawyer are there to support you and your family, and can give you useful information.

Remember that Dublin Procedure remains a safe and legal way to reunite with your relatives, in complete tranquillity.

If you have questions on family reunification, EFRIS project might have the answer: call, write or ask to your operator to contact us at progettoefris@cidas.coop or dialling +39 3404277780; +39 3428735259.

If you would like to have more information you can also visit the website Juma Map https://coronavirus.jumamap.com/it_it/ or you can contact the operators at the toll-free number 800905570/3511376355 or email address numeroverderifugiati@arci.it

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FAMILY REUNIFICATION procedure

UASC’ FAMILY REUNIFICATION procedure under Dublin III REGULATION during COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Good practices in terms of family reunification of unaccompanied asylum seekers children under article 8 of Dublin III Regulation, to be adopted during the emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic.

AT WHAT STAGE IS THE PROCEDURE?

  1. The minor has expressed the will to reunite with a relative in another EU Member State but he/she didn’t apply for international protection yet:

according to the Circular of the Ministry of the Interior n. 0020359 adopted on the 9th of March 2020, Immigration Offices of the Police (Questura) are still receiving international protection applications, even though it’s not always possible to register the so called C3 form and Dublin Form. Therefore, unless the minor is about to turn 18, it could be considered to wait for the resumption of Police Offices’ regular activities, in order to lodge the application for international protection in its entirety, without gaps between identification and C3 registration. In the meantime, it is recommended to focus on the preparation of the documents that will be necessary in order to submit a family reunification request (family tree, minor’s consent, relative’s consent, interview on family bonds, reports on best interest evaluation, IDs).

  1. The minor was identified but couldn’t register C3 form because of the reduction of Police Offices’ regular activities:

A three-months term starts with identification as an asylum seeker, within which it is possible to lodge an official “family reunification” request under Dublin III Regulation: this term is not suspended. If, in the individual case, the term expires between April and mid-May, it is recommended to submit asap via email the documents related to FR request to the Italian Dublin Unit. At the resumption of Police Offices’ regular activities, registration of C3 and Dublin form will be necessary;

  1. Family reunification request was successful, but because of the reduction of Police Offices’ regular activities, it is impossible to notify the transfer decision to the applicant::

It is recommended to contact the competent Police Office in order to ask for the notification to be done by Certified Email or other alternative means as agreed with mentioned offices (for example via registered mail). Once the transfer decision has been notified, it will be possible to submit the request for transfer authorisation to the competent Judicial Authority.

  1. Family Reunification procedure was successful, but it’s impossible to transfer the minor to the other EU Member State because of the restrictions on movements imposed to deal with COVID-19 outbreak:

Transfers from Italy towards other EU Member States are currently suspended. According to article 29 of Dublin III Regulation, transfers must be carried out within 6 months from the acceptance of the other EU Member State in which family reunification must be realised therefore, if expiration of the term is approaching, contact asap the Italian Dublin Unit in order to ask for its support.

PLEASE NOTE: Turning 18 before the conclusion of family reunification procedure under Dublin III Regulation doesn’t affect its outcome: for the purposes of Dublin III Regulation, the applicant who is under 18 years old at the time he or she lodged the international protection application should be considered as a minor.

These are only suggestions, that do not exhaust possible scenarios: it is essential to proceed with a case by case evaluation when dealing with UASC family reunification procedure.

More in particular, if one of the situations described above at points 1 and 2 fits yours, it might be useful to report your case: EFRIS’s team will forward the information to the Italian Dublin Unit, so that its officials will monitor the C3 registration phase by Police Offices, and intervene when terms’ expiration approaches.

EFRIS’ team supports individual cases of UASC family reunification: contact us if you have any doubt or if you need clarifications.

E-mail progettoefris@cidas.coop;

Mobile +39 3404277780; +39 3428735259

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