Family Member visa

Family Member visa

The “Europe Family Member Visa” is not a specific visa category; rather, it refers to the process by which family members of European Union (EU) citizens can join or accompany them in another EU country. This process is governed by the EU’s freedom of movement principle and various directives and regulations.

EU citizens have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the EU member states. This right extends to their family members, including:

1. Spouse or Registered Partner: This includes both same-sex and opposite-sex spouses or partners with whom the EU citizen has a registered partnership recognized in a member state.

2. Direct Descendants (Children): This includes the EU citizen’s children under the age of 21 or dependent children of any age, as well as those of their spouse or registered partner.

3. Dependent Direct Relatives in the Ascendant Line (Parents/Grandparents): This includes the EU citizen’s parents and grandparents who are dependent on them.

Family members of EU citizens exercising their freedom of movement have the right to join them in another EU country without being subject to the same visa requirements as other non-EU citizens. Instead, they apply for a “residence card” or “family member residence card” issued by the host EU country to prove their right of residence.

Key points regarding the process:

1. Proof of Relationship: Family members must provide evidence of their relationship to the EU citizen, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, or other relevant documents.

3. Residence Card: Once approved, family members are issued a residence card or equivalent document by the host EU country, which confirms their right of residence.

4. Duration of Stay: Family members have the right to reside with the EU citizen for the duration of their stay in the host EU country.

5. Employment and Access to Services: Family members generally have the right to work and access healthcare, education, and other public services on par with nationals of the host EU country.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements and procedures may vary between EU countries, so individuals should consult the immigration authorities of the relevant country for accurate and up-to-date information.