"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.

Sunday 20 July 2014

Migration Observatory: The UK, EU citizenship and free movement of persons


' ... TCNs (third country nationals) are also able to derive rights, irrespective of their nationality, as family members of EU citizens. In practice, this means that migrant EU citizens have a right to family reunification, which may prevail over domestic immigration restrictions. The right may be invoked by EU citizens living in other EU Member States, or against their home states under some circumstances: These circumstances include first, where an EU citizen returns to her Member State of nationality after exercising their right to work or establishment in another Member State (Case C-370/90 Surinder Singh [1992] ECR I-04265). In March 2014, the CJEU clarified that the EU rights of residence of family members were applicable only 'where the residence of the Union citizen in the host Member State has been sufficiently genuine so as to enable that citizen to create or strengthen family life in that Member State' (Case C-456/12 O & B and Case C-457/12 S and G. Judgments of 12 March 2014 nyr). The current UK rules seem to take a more restrictive view of when these principles are applicable, and so may be in tension with that ruling.'

Via EEA visa... EU free movement (Facebook support group) :

More on European free movement and family unification

Two great blogs -

Freedom of movement in the EU ( for EU citizens and their non-EU family members ) :

Surinder Singh route information :

Overview - family unity, the European way :

(Lots and lots) of posts on European free movement :

How to do it - Surinder Singh for newbies :

Video experiences of one family who successfully navigated the route :

When things go wrong... how and where to complain effectively :

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