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What are the requirements of joining a Family Member in the EU

The requirements for joining a family member in the European Union (EU) can vary depending on the specific EU member country and the relationship between the family member and the EU citizen. However, there are some common requirements that are generally applicable. Here are the general requirements for joining a family member in the EU:

Relationship: You must have a qualifying relationship with the EU citizen who is residing in an EU member country. Typically, this includes being their spouse or registered partner, their dependent child or grandchild, their dependent parent or grandparent, or in some cases, their unmarried partner.

EU Citizen’s Residence: The EU citizen must be residing legally in an EU member country, either as a citizen of that country or as a citizen of another EU member country exercising their right of free movement within the EU.

Documentation: You will generally need to provide documentation proving your relationship with the EU citizen. This may include marriage certificates, birth certificates, proof of registered partnership, or other relevant documents. These documents may need to be authenticated or translated, depending on the requirements of the specific country.

Financial Resources: In some cases, you may need to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and not become a burden on the social welfare system of the host EU member country. This requirement may vary depending on the country and the specific circumstances.

Accommodation: You may need to show evidence of suitable accommodation in the EU member country where the EU citizen is residing. This can include rental agreements, property ownership documents, or a letter of invitation if staying with the EU citizen.

Visa Application: Depending on your nationality and the specific country’s regulations, you may need to apply for a family reunification visa or residence permit. This typically involves submitting an application, providing the required documents, and paying any applicable fees.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements and procedures can vary between EU member countries. It is recommended to consult the relevant immigration authorities or embassies of the EU member country where the EU citizen resides for precise and up-to-date information on the requirements and process for joining a family member in that specific country.

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