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Who Is a Family Member of an EU Citizen?

A family member of an EU citizen refers to individuals who are related to an EU citizen through certain specified family relationships. The definition of family members can vary depending on the specific EU member country and the applicable EU laws. However, typically, family members include:

Spouse or Registered Partner: This includes the legally recognized husband or wife of the EU citizen, as well as individuals in registered partnerships or civil unions.

Direct Descendants: This category typically includes the EU citizen’s children and their children (the EU citizen’s grandchildren). It generally covers both minors and adult children.

Dependent Direct Relatives: This category often includes the EU citizen’s parents and grandparents who are dependent on the EU citizen for their care.

Dependent Relatives in the Ascending Line: This can include other family members who are dependent on the EU citizen, such as siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

It’s important to note that the specific definition and recognition of family members can vary between EU member countries and the applicable EU laws. Additionally, some countries may also recognize other family members, such as unmarried partners or extended family members, under certain conditions.

If you have specific questions regarding the definition of family members of an EU citizen, it is recommended to consult the relevant immigration authorities or embassies of the specific EU country where the EU citizen resides for precise and up-to-date information on who qualifies as a family member under their jurisdiction.

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