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  • Schengen Visa procedures  for family members of EU/EFTA Citizens under Directive 2004/38/EC

    For a visa to be issued on the basis of Directive 2004/38/EC, the following requirements need to be satisfied:
    1. The visa applicant is a direct “family member” of an EU citizen;
    2. The visa applicant will be travelling with the EU citizen for a visit or permanent move to an EU member state. (If they are going to the “home” country of the EU citizen, then there is a requirement that the EU citizen is/was living/working in a different member state. Please note that EU nationals who have always lived in the country of their nationality are not exercising EU treaty rights. Their family members therefore are not covered by the provisions of Directive 2004/38/EC);
    3. All travellers require a passport (or a national ID card for the EU citizen).
    These are the legal requirements for all of the EU/EFTA member states, including all Schengen members, the UK, Ireland, Romania and Bulgaria, Switzerland.
    If the family member has a “Residence Card for a family member of an EU citizen”, then they do not require a visa.
    Who is a family member of an EU citizen? A family member of an EU citizen is a family member of a citizen of any of the EU/EFTA  state who is:
    a. the spouse,
    b. the direct descendant of the EU citizen who is under the age of 21 or is dependent, and those of the spouse, living in the common household with the EU citizen,
    c. the dependent direct relatives of the EU citizen in the ascending line and those of the  spouse, or living in the common household with the EU citizen;
    Visa Requirements

    1.  completed and signed application form for a Schengen visa;
    2.  travel document valid for at least three months after departing from the Schengen Area;
    3.  one passport size photograph;
    4.  documents confirming the identity of an EU citizen and the family relationship with the applicant (the original marriage certificate, the birth certificate or other applicable certificate with official translation into English);
    5.  proof of travelling to Poland together with family member of the EU citizen.

    The submission of visa application form is free of charge for family members of EU nationals.
    The general processing time is 15 days, but it might be extended, especially if the supporting documentation is not sufficient. In case of missing proof of the EU citizen identity and the family relationship, the applicant cannot be considered to be a family member of an EU citizen and standard rules of procedures will be applied.
    Appeal Procedure
    An appeal must be lodged within 14 days of the receipt of visa refusal. The appeal should include the name of the applicant and describe the reasons, why the applicant considers the refusal decision to be in contrary to the law. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will review the appeal. The information on the outcome of the review is sent to the applicant via the same consulate, which refused a visa.

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