I just came across the following sentence;

Have Tom join me when he's available. (meaning?)

So far, I have not been familiar to the structure, however, it sounds to be correct.

Is that correct or should it be corrected as "Have Tom joined me when he's available."?

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    It means "Get Tom to join me when he's available" or, more generally, "have" something to be the case means "make it happen". A couple of other examples with some context: "I need that letter before the weekend so please could you have Jane sign it at your meeting on Friday"; "Have Bob [rather than you] make this phone call so that the client will recognise his voice". – seventyeightist Apr 9 '19 at 19:09

This is not the sense of have that is the auxiliary used for present perfect. It is the causative sense of have. In a sense, it means:

Cause Tom to join me when he's available.

Which, practically speaking, means:

Tell Tom to join me when he's available.

I means that the person being addressed has been instructed to get Tom to join the speaker once Tom is available. Join is a bare infinitive here, as complement to have, which is itself imperative.

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