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Family Reunion

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The JHA Council reached agreement on a proposed Directive on family reunion for third-country nationals on 27/28 February 2003 and adopted it formally as Directive 2003/86 in September 2003. Article 4 sets out the family members who may or must be admitted to join a sponsor. The spouse and minor unmarried children must be admitted (Article 4(1)), subject to certain qualifications regarding adopted children and children whose custody is shared. Family reunion for EU citizens who move within the Community has long been addressed by Community rules governing free movement of EU citizens. It should be kept in mind that the long-term residents' Directive contains express provisions on the rights of family members who move with a long-term resident to another Member State, and also apparently permits family members of third-country nationals to gain long-term residence status in their own right.

Keywords: EU citizens; family reunion



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