The application was made in September 2013 by a national of the Democratic Republic of Congo for family reunification with his wife. At the time of the application, the wife was a recognised refugee living in very difficult conditions in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She was also pregnant and gave birth in the refugee camp hospital in April 2014.
The application was well supported by documentation substantiating the relationship, the contact between the couple, the addition of a new born baby, and the dire conditions of the family members. Notwithstanding the documentation provided, DNA evidence was requested by the Department of Justice and Equality in order to satisfy them of the relationships between the parties. This created a further delay as the family members had to travel a considerable distance to the capital in order to attend the designated clinic for testing.
Positive DNA results were received shortly after the testing and the application, just over a year since the application was made, has now been determined in the favour of our clients to their enormous relief.