Who can qualify as a family member of an EEA national?

Under regulation 7(1) (a), (b) and (c) of the EU Regulations 2016, a direct family member of an EEA citizen can be considered as:

  • Spouse or civil partner;
  • Direct descendants of the EEA national or their spouse or civil partner who are:

1) under the age of 21 2) dependants of the EEA national or their spouse or civil partner

  • Dependent direct relatives in the ascending line of the EEA national or their spouse or civil partner.


Extended family members of EEA nationals

Regulation 8 defines an extended family member as a person who is not a family member of an EEA national under regulation 7(1) (a), (b) or (c) and who is either:

  • A relative of an EEA national who is residing in a country other than the UK and is dependent on the EEA national;
  • Is a member of their household and either:

1) is accompanying the EEA national to the UK or wishes to join them

2) has joined them in the UK and continues to be dependent on them or to be a  member of their household

  • A relative of an EEA national who strictly requires the personal care of the EEA national due to serious health grounds;
  • A relative of an EEA national who would meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules for indefinite leave to remain (other than those relating to entry clearance) as a dependent relative of an EEA national as if the EEA national was a person present and settled in the UK;
  • The partner (other than a civil partner) of an EEA national who can prove they are in a durable relationship with the EEA national.


Please note that the term ‘relative’ includes brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews etc.

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