19-year-old denied marriage
Aleksander Thonander, 19, from Drammen said he feels discriminated because the UDI claims he is too immature to get married. His 20-year-old wife is denied entry to Norway because the authorities claim the two of them have a pro forma marriage.
«I feel that Norwegian authorities do not accept the choice I have made,» Thonander said to the Norwegian television channel NRK.
Married for a year and a half
The 19-year-old has been married to Anmol, an Indian national, for a year and a half. The two of them got married December 17, 2002, in her village in India, but the visa applications were denied, and Anmol was forced to remain in India.
When Thonander a month ago returned to India in order to try to get his wife to Norway, he received a letter from UDI at the Norwegian embassy in New Dehli. The document states clearly that he is too immature to enter into a legal marriage.
Not denied if with a Norwegian
Karl Erik Sjøholt, department director in UDI, agreed that it may not have been a problem if Thonander had married a Norwegian girl.
He confirms to NRK that the rejection from UDI contains a section that states that Thonander is too immature to enter into a marriage. But Sjøholt stresses that UDI follow regulations that give the authority the right to use such reasons to deny family reunion.
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