"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Monday 20 May 2013

Travel documents for non-EU family members

This is another document that could be useful for those considering the European route to family unity (more on this : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/surinder%20singh ).

Original at http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/

Uploaded to http://www.scribd.com/doc/142652277/Travel-Documents-for-Non-Eu-Family-Members

In a nutshell :

'If you are an EU national but you have family members who are not, they can accompany or join you in another EU country.

'They must carry a valid passport at all times and, depending on the country they are from, may also have to show an entry visa at the border.

'Your non-EU spouse, (grand)parents or (grand)children do not need to get a visa from the country they are travelling to if:

'- the country they are travelling to belongs to the passport-free Schengen area (see list below) and they have a residence permit or visa from another country in that area, or

'- they are travelling with you or travelling to join you and have a residence card issued by any EU country (except the country you are a national of).

'The residence card should clearly state that the holder is a family member of an EU national.'

Sample story

Marriage certificate enough to get a visa
'Thomas is Irish and lives in Belarus with his wife Delia, a Belarusian national. When they wanted to visit 'Thomas's mother, now living in Spain, they applied for an entry visa for Delia.
'She included their marriage certificate in the application, but the Spanish authorities also asked for proof of hotel accommodation in Spain and sickness insurance before they would issue the visa.
'However, when Delia pointed out that no such additional documents were required under EU law, the Spanish authorities apologised for their mistake and immediately issued her entry visa.

God bless Europe.

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