I’m a EU national with a settled status living in the UK, I'm married to a non-EU spouse residing in an EU country as a refugee who works full time, I’m questioning about the financial part, I’m unemployed at the moment seeking employment will I still be able to start the process of EU family permit or wait for employment to prove £18600? Do I need finance evidence or does “seeking work” still come under qualified person?
Forget about the £18,600. That only applies to people who do not benefit from the EU free movement system (nor from the EU Settlement Scheme that is replacing it).
For an EEA family permit, as well as for an EUSS family permit, there is no need to prove any level of income. See https://www.gov.uk/family-permit.
For an EUSS family permit, it does not appear that you even need to be "qualified": your settled or pre-settled status is sufficient. For the EEA family permit, you must be employed or otherwise qualified. This includes job seekers. In addition, if you have a permanent residence document, that suffices for an EEA family permit without your needing to provide proof of being qualified.
Until the end of the transition period, you can apply for either an EEA or EUSS family permit. The EEA family permit will not be valid after the transition period ends, however, and at that point you will only be able to apply for an EUSS family permit.
The relevant criteria for the EUSS family permit:
EU Settlement Scheme family permit
You can apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK if all of the following apply:
- you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
- you’re the ‘close’ family member of an EEA citizen, Swiss citizen or eligible person of Northern Ireland
- the EEA citizen you’re joining is in the UK already or travelling with you to the UK within 6 months of the date of your application
The person you’re joining must also either be:
- an EEA or Swiss national with ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme
The relevant criteria for the EEA family permit:
The EEA citizen you’re joining must either:
- be in the UK already
- be travelling with you to the UK within 6 months of the date of your application
If they’ve been in the UK for more than 3 months they must either:
- be a ‘qualified person’ (working, looking for work, self-employed, studying or self-sufficient)
- have a permanent residence document - sometimes called a ‘document certifying permanent residence’
If your family member is not a ‘qualified person’ and does not have a permanent residence document, you may be eligible for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit instead.