Judgment of the Court of 6 March 2003.

Arben Kaba v Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Immigration Adjudicator - United Kingdom.

Free movement of workers - Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 - Social advantage - Right of the spouse of a migrant worker to obtain leave to remain indefinitely in the territory of a Member State.

Case C-466/00.

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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
26/04/2003 Kaba
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06/03/2003 Kaba
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Judgment (Summary)
06/03/2003 Kaba
11/07/2002 Kaba
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Reports of Cases

2003 I-02219


Preliminary ruling ─ Immigration Appellate Authority ─ Rejection of request to lodge observations in response to Opinion of Advocate General ─ Compatibility with Article 6 of the Human Rights Convention ─ Interpretation of judgment of the Court of 11 April 2000 in Case C-356/98 Kaba ─ Interpretation of Article 7(2) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 of 15 October 1968 on free movement of workers within the Community and Article 48 of the EC Treaty (now, after amendment, Article 39 EC) ─ Right of residence of spouse of Community national of third-country origin ─ Length of residence period required ─ Longer than that to be completed by spouse of person established in the UK

Systematic classification scheme

Information not available

Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 39 : paragraph 36
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 18 : paragraph 46
  • Regulation 1612/68 -A07P2 : paragraphs 1, 3, 36, 43
  • Regulation 1612/68 -A07P1 : paragraph 3
  • Regulation 1612/68 -A10P1 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 68/360 -A04P4 : paragraph 5
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -356/98 : paragraphs 36, 46, 55, 56
  • Court of Justice - Order C -69/85 : paragraph 39
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -5/72 : paragraph 40
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -297/94 : paragraph 40
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -292/89 : paragraph 47

Operative part

  • Interprets : Court of Justice - Judgment C -356/98
  • Interprets : Regulation 1612/68 -A07P2



Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 27/12/2000

Date of the Opinion

  • 11/07/2002

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery



Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 61 from 24.02.2001, p.4

Judgment: OJ C 101 from 26.04.2003, p.5

Name of the parties


Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Latino, Agostina: Diritto di soggiorno e lavoratori migranti, Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo 2003 p.1243-1249 (IT)
  2. Varju, Marton: Common Market Law Review 2004 p.851-859 (EN)
  3. Iliopoulou, Anastasia ; Clément-Wilz, Laure: La résistance des acteurs d'une procédure préjudicielle en matière de libre circulation des personnes. Observations sur les affaires Arben Kaba, Cahiers de droit européen 2004 p.727-762 (FR)
  4. Correa, Bernardino: Arben Kaba contra Secretary of State for the Home Department (Asunto C-466/00), El Derecho de la Unión Europea visto por el Abogado General – Homenaje a Dámaso Ruíz-Jarabo Colomer a través de sus conclusiones (Ed. Iustel – Madrid) 2013 p.127-131 (ES)

Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Immigration Adjudicator - United Kingdom


  • Freedom of movement for workers
  • Fundamental rights
  • Provisions governing the institutions

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

Cour plénière (Cour)



Advocate General

Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish