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Community family reunification

The family reunification of a community citizen allows residence to be obtained throughout the EU territory + European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) + Switzerland where the sponsor is located.

The community regime also offers the applicant the great advantage that it is issued for a period of five years, which means easy access to long-term residence or permanent community residence card that is valid and renewable for 10 years.

It must be remembered that the general term for acquiring Spanish nationality is 10 years and 2 years in the abbreviated procedure. While the general immigration regime is more demanding. Since it first grants a year of residence and then biannual renewals.

Therefore, until reaching the long-term residence, which in this case will also be renewable for periods of 5 years, it is more tedious. The advantages are clear. In any case, at Foreigners Aema we help you both to achieve long-term residence and to renew your permanent residence permit.

In conclusion, being a resident with a permanent community card has great benefits, such as having the peace of mind of not having to worry about the duration of your residence permit.

As a negative aspect, we point out the economic dependence or possible dissolution of the marriage bond or common-law relationship. In that case, from Foreigners Aema we advise you when making the change to another type of residence or even acquisition of nationality.

Requirements for community family reunification

The documentation to be submitted includes the application, having a valid passport, proof of the link with the Spanish or community citizen and having sufficient financial means to support the regrouped person.

This means being able to face expenses worth 150% of the IPREM in the case of being a single person who takes care of the non-EU citizen, adding 50% for each additional family member.

This type of residence is aimed at descendants or ascendants in the first degree, especially as a spouse or de facto partner. Therefore, it is vital to have a birth and/or marriage certificate, or if applicable, legalized or apostilled according to the country of origin.

But it is also extended to any family member with respect to whom we can demonstrate their economic dependence on us. This requirement is not a mere declaration of assumption of expenses on our part once you are in Spain.

On the contrary, we have to prove that we are contributing to the active support of our family member in the country of origin. The proof of solvency will depend on whether our residence permit is for an employee or self-employed.

In order for it to be duly accredited, the most common and simple way is to provide enough money transfer certificates to cover the minimum salary of the country of origin.

In order for it to be duly accredited, the most common and simple way is to provide enough money transfer certificates to cover the minimum salary of the country of origin. For all these reasons, some of the most used formulas are, on the one hand, the family reunification of a community member under 21 years of age and, on the other, of those over 65 years of age.

Community family reunification procedure

From Foreigners Aema we accompany you in all phases of the community family reunification procedure. We have experience dealing with consulates around the world requesting community visas if the relative is in the country of origin.

We help you in the event that you need to make a statement before a notary so that your representative can present the documentation. In the event that your country is within the visa exemption program and you can enter as a tourist, we will go to the immigration office of your home, providing the necessary documentation together with the required fee.

In the event that your country is within the visa exemption program and you can enter as a tourist, we will go to the immigration office of your home, providing the necessary documentation together with the required fee.