Family Reunification Under the Withdrawal Agreement: What You Need to Know

For many families, the process of reunification is a deeply personal and emotional experience. However, the task of reuniting family members who are scattered across different countries can be a complex and challenging process, especially for families affected by Brexit.

The Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) sets out the terms of the UK`s departure from the EU. One of the key issues addressed in the agreement is the right to family reunification for both EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, family members of EU citizens who are living in the UK or who were living in the UK before December 31, 2020, are entitled to apply for family reunification. This includes spouses, civil partners, children under 21, grandchildren under 21, dependent parents and grandparents, and dependent siblings.

Similarly, UK nationals who are residing in the EU and who have exercised their rights as an EU citizen (such as working or studying abroad) before December 31, 2020, can also apply for family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement. Again, family members who fall under the categories mentioned above are eligible to apply.

The process of family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement involves a series of legal steps and requirements that applicants must meet to be successful. For instance, applicants must be able to demonstrate their identity, family relationship, and that they meet the minimum income requirement.

The minimum income requirement varies depending on the type of application and the country of residence. In the UK, the minimum income requirement for family reunification is £18,600 per year, while in some EU countries, the requirement is equivalent to the local minimum wage.

Additionally, applicants are required to provide evidence that they have adequate housing and health insurance, and that they can communicate in the language of the host country.

It is important to note that the process of family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement is time-sensitive. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2021, for family members of EU citizens living in the UK and December 31, 2021, for family members of UK nationals residing in the EU.

In conclusion, the Withdrawal Agreement has provided a lifeline for families affected by Brexit by offering a clear framework for family reunification. Although the process can be complex and challenging, it is essential that families affected by Brexit take advantage of these provisions to secure their right to family life. If you are an EU citizen living in the UK or a UK national residing in the EU, and you need more information on family reunification, it is advisable to seek legal advice from a qualified immigration lawyer.