Importance of proper registration and documentation

Dear Readers.

This article is partly about migration, but mainly about how to prepare one’s children for their life in a modern world. All over the world we see it becomes more and more important that a person’s identity is timely, precisely and accurately registered. Also it is very important that relevant facts and events in one’s life be properly registered. With all due respect, in some parts of the world, that is not yet standard practise. Since someone who complains about a situation without making suggestions to improve things is just whining, hence this article.

For whom is this article relevant?

In my opinion it is relevant for everyone with the intention to make himself and one’s family move upward and forward. No matter where you are in this world, one should realise that the world is rapidly changing and administrative correctness is being enforced more and more. I would like to call this the modern administrative world where all details are being checked and crosschecked. Whether one likes it or not, it is becoming a reality. To enable the family members to move upward and forward in life, now and in the future, it is required that they can connect with and act within the modern administrative world. For anyone that subscribes to this point of view, this article might be relevant.

What is this modern administrative world?

Of course it’s the same world as before but it is changing rapidly. More than before correctness of one’s identity and the role of information and therefore the validation of information is important. In the modern world one is not only obliged to provide documents holding information but that information will be checked also. Therefore the background information must be recorded properly as well.

Now one might say “that is not how we do this in our country or culture”. That is true but in other countries and cultures they do. So, if one wants to be able to take part in the administrative procedures in other countries, one better be prepared to comply with the local rules in those countries.

This is also very important for those who want to become regular migrants or those who want family formation or reunification with a person with a non-EU nationality. Since the receiving countries are setting the rules for the documents that must be submitted and the quantity and quality of the evidence that must be submitted, it now is clear why one might like to prepare to comply.

What does this mean for one’s daily life?

It should not have any effect on your daily life because it does not mean that you must change your life, it is just a matter of practising proper registration. It maybe takes a bit more effort on forehand, but it will save lots of costs, problems and lost opportunities later on.

What situations I am talking about?

For instance, a child gets born. In The Netherlands one is legally obliged to register the birth within three days but normally it happens the same day or in case of a birth in the evening, the next day. Late-entries are not possible without a courts order to do so. Double registrations are not possible at all. In some countries in Africa that is a bit different, so European countries are reluctant to have much faith in African birth certificates, especially the late entries.

So if one wants to serve the child’s best interest, the registration of the birth will be done as soon as possible in a correct manner. So, no late entry when the child is sixteen years old and such “creative” solutions to repair laziness in the past.

Another example. If in The Netherlands a child is born by an unmarried mother, this will also get registered whether or not there is a man that acknowledged to be the child’s father. That will be clearly registered. Again, in some countries in Africa there is no tradition of registering what the relation between the man mentioned in the birth-certificate and the child is established and why. Make sure that such things are clear.

Who cares and why?

Everyone should because this basic registration is the most important for a child.

What if the father of the child was at the time of birth of the child a Dutch national. If that is properly registered, the child is also Dutch and will be entitled to a passport from The Netherlands and can live here, even with its mother.

What if one of the parents of the child is living in The Netherlands and wants the child to reunite with him or her. If there is no proper registration, one will not be able to prove that there are legal ties between parent and child so reunification is no option.

What can the people do?

Everyone can start thinking about ones position and the registrations made (or not made) in the family. One can contact the local authorities and will see what is needed for proper registration. Then just do it I would say. Of course our office is willing to support that but in my opinion, for this one does not need a lawyer.

For those who have a migration problem, we are providing support, also for those who are still abroad. You best send an e-mail and we will reply.

What to do when you want to visit our office?

Readers who are in need of legal support are welcome to visit our office for free consultation. This of course, only after you made an appointment. For an appointment call 070 427 3215 and explain to our Secretary what your question is.

Do not hold information back because our Secretary will decide if and when an appointment is possible and which of our lawyers is best qualified for the specific problem.

When you come to the appointment, bring all information that is available. Only then can we judge the case and do make good use of the time.

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