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”:
Having regard to their financial and social conditions, or health, the applicant cannot, or (as the case may be) for the relevant period could not, meet their essential living needs (in whole or in part) without the financial or other material support [from the sponsor].


Source: Changes to EU Settlement Scheme affect deadlines and family reunion - Free Movement *accessed 29 August 2021 - please note that often Freemovement transfers their resources to the members' only areas, therefore these might not be publicly available at the time our members access our posts.

Evidence is not necessary if you have a permanent residence (PR) card issued on the basis of your family relationship.

See: Holders of valid PR and biometric residence cards.

For family members, three types of evidence are required:

EU citizen's identity and nationality;
UK residence for both yourself and your family member; and
Family relationship

Evidence of the EU citizen’s identity and nationality

If the EU citizen has been granted, or is being granted, settled or pre-settled status, you can use their application reference number to confirm their identity and nationality.

If your family member has not applied for settled or pre-settled status, you’ll need to provide evidence of their identity and nationality using their passport or national identity card.

The Home Office may agree to accept alternative forms of evidence if you can show that you’re unable to obtain or produce the required document due to circumstances beyond your control or to compelling compassionate reasons.

Evidence of UK residence

If the EU citizen has been granted, or is being granted, settled or pre-settled status, you can use their application reference number to confirm their UK residence.

If your family member has not applied for settled or pre-settled status, you’ll need to provide evidence that they have been or were continuously resident in the UK throughout the period on which you rely as having been continuously resident in the UK as their family member.

You will also need to provide evidence of your own residence.

See: Evidence of residence.

You'll probably get a quicker decision if you apply at the same time as your family member or after they have applied themselves.

Evidence of family relationship

This would depend on the kind of relationship.
See:
Spouses and civil partners
Unmarried partners
Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
Parents, grandparents and great grandparents
Dependent relatives

Family members of British citizens
If the family member is a British citizen, see:

Applications for family members of dual EEA/UK nationals (Lounes)
Applying under Surinder Singh
Source: Evidence of relationship