The Hague Convention is an international convention to protect children from being spirited away from a country by one parent. It takes into account the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Australia, as a party to the Hague Convention, is strict on ensuring that the appropriate permission is given for children to relocate. This is as it should be. Australia had a very famous case of children abducted by one parent from Australia, the flip side of the coin. I assume other countries that are parties to the Convention are similarly rigorous in their requirements.
This article is not a concern for me or my family personally. We are not going to have any more children and all the children we do have, have citizenship of one country or another. Interestingly, my daughter is entitled to New Zealand citizenship by descent, but not my son – New Zealand’s laws changed between their births!
As happily published in my previous entry, we expect a decision on my husband’s visa by or about November 13.
It seems from the correspondence that the only holdup is confirming Australia’s obligations under the Hague Convention have been met. I have absolutely no problem with this: it is very important.