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    Family members

    Close family members of eligible EEA nationals (EEA nationals living in the UK before the end of December 2020) can join their family member in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. Close family members are:
    • spouses, civil partners or unmarried partners
    • children or grandchildren aged under 21
    • dependent children or grandchildren of any age
    • dependent parent or grandparent
    The family relationship, i.e. marriage or civil partnership, should have been in place before the end of...
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  • Settlement Scheme family permit

    Close family members who entered the UK on a visit visa after the end of December 2020 are no longer able to switch over to pre-settled status inside the UK.

    They will need to apply for an EUSS family permit in order to be eligible.

    This also applies to non visa nationals.

    Family members who are, themselves, EEA nationals, can apply directly for pre-settled status from outside the UK if they have a passport with a biometric...
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  • Evidence for parents, grandparents and great grandparents



    VERY IMPORTANT!

    Dependency for parents, including in-laws, is currently assumed and need not be demonstrated, however, this will change for applications submitted from July 1st 2021, when dependency will need to be demonstrated.

    The level of dependency that will be required is set out in the definition of “dependent parent”:


    Source: Changes to EU Settlement Scheme affect deadlines and family reunion | Free Movement
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  • Applying without a valid biometric residence card (non EEA family members)



    VERY IMPORTANT!

    Dependency for parents, including in-laws, is currently assumed and need not be demonstrated, however, this will change for applications submitted from July 1st 2021, when dependency will need to be demonstrated.

    The level of dependency that will be required is set out in the definition of “dependent parent”:


    Source: Changes to EU Settlement Scheme affect deadlines and family reunion | Free Movement
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  • Applying for your children

    Children need status under the EU Settlement Scheme

    Children of any age will need to have settled or pre-settled status before the end of June 2021, unless they are already British or get registered as British.

    Children born in the UK, or children born abroad to a British parent may be entitled to British citizenship. See:

    UK nationality
    UK citizenship for UK born children of EEA parents
    Children...
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  • Dependent relatives (extended family members) - It is no longer possible to apply via this route

    Unfortunately the option to apply for extended family members and dependent relatives ended at the end of 2020, applications for EEA family permits and residence cards are no longer being accepted.

    Extended family members who made an application for a family permit or residence card before the end of 2020 can still use this document to apply for pre-settled status.

    Unmarried partners living outside the UK can still apply for an EEA family permit until...
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  • Evidence for partners: spouses, civil partners and unmarried partners

    Evidence for spouses or civil partners

    a relevant document issued on the basis of that relationship, such as a residence card or a family permit (EEA FP); or
    a marriage or civil partnership certificate recognised in the UK; or
    a valid overseas registration document for a same sex relationship which is entitled to be treated as a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

    If you have a valid PR or biometric...
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  • Evidence for family members



    VERY IMPORTANT!

    Dependency for parents, including in-laws, is currently assumed and need not be demonstrated, however, this will change for applications submitted from July 1st 2021, when dependency will need to be demonstrated.

    The level of dependency that will be required is set out in the definition of “dependent parent”:


    Source: Changes to EU Settlement Scheme affect deadlines and family reunion | Free Movement
    ...
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  • Applications for family members of dual EEA/UK nationals (Lounes)

    If the non EEA family member has been issued with a PR card, there is no need to use the Lounes paper application. They can apply in the usual way, using their PR card number to prove relationship and residence.


    See:
    Applying with PR


    The UK left the EU with a deal on January 31st, that means there is no time limit for close family members of EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, to join their family members here,
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  • Evidence for children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

    If you have a valid PR or biometric residence card, see: Holders of valid PR and biometric residence cards.

    Otherwise, the following is required:

    a relevant document issued on the basis of that relationship, such as a residence card or a family permit (EEA FP); or
    full birth certificate; or
    a court order, such as a special guardianship order; or
    other documents which satisfy the caseworker that...
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  • Applying under Surinder Singh



    Surinder Singh applications are for family members of British citizens (other than dual EEA/British nationals) who spent time living in another EEA country or Switzerland with their British family member, who could be:

    A spouse or civil partner;
    A child or grandchild under 21 years old;
    A dependent child or grandchild aged 21 years or older; or
    A dependent parent or grandparent.

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  • Holders of valid PR and biometric residence cards

    PR card holders

    If you hold a valid Permanent Residence (PR) document issued on the basis of your family relationship to the EU citizen, you don't need to provide any evidence of family relationship.

    Holders of valid biometric residence cards

    If you hold a valid Biometric Residence card issued on the basis of your family relationship to the EU citizen, you can use it as evidence of family relationship if it was issued to you on the basis of...
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