Visa regulations in case of the expiry of a possible transitional period

06.02.2020 - Article

What to expect after the expiry of a possible transitional period?

In the event of the expiry of a transitional period, the following applies:

The rights of British citizens and their family members to freedom of movement within the European Union will no longer apply once the United Kingdom leaves the Union or after a possible transition phase has come to an end.

Until that time EU family members of UK nationals continue to benefit from the rights in the Free Movement Directive and its visa facilitations. They have the right to obtain a visa free of charge and as soon as possible on the basis of an accelerated procedure.

As of the withdrawal date or the end date of any eventual transition phase provided for by a withdrawal agreement, the above facilitations based on freedom of movement rules will no longer apply to non-EU family members of UK nationals, neither for the issuance of visas, nor for border controls.

After the withdrawal or the end of a transition phase travellers holding a visa issued to a non-EU family member of a UK national under Freedom of Movement rules should be prepared to provide evidence at the point of entry into the European Union that that they fulfil all Schengen entry requirements, e.g. possession of a valid travel document (validity of no more than ten years and valid for three months after the intended departure from the Union, proof of accommodation, employment, sufficient means of subsistence, invitation letter or return ticket, documents proving the family member’s economic situation in the country of residence or the genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa.

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