My Algerian husband just got his pre-settled status in the UK for 5 years. I am from France and would love to visit my family with him for Christmas.
Does he need to apply for a visa as the UK is not part of the Schengen?
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Article 14(2) of the Withdrawal agreement suggests that proof of pre-settled status might be considered in that respect like the article 10 residence card under Directive 2004/38/EC it is intended to replace. This would mean that no visa is required. I am not 100% confident in my interpretation however and I am not aware of any advice for lay people. I would probably try to check with the French border authorities beforehand.
If that's not the case, your husband would indeed need a visa, just as it works for the family of EU citizens who reside outside the EU. The Schengen visa code provides that this visa must be issued swiftly and free of charge. He only needs to provide evidence of your citizenship and his relationship with you (e.g. proof of marriage) but nothing else (i.e. nothing related to your or his finances, etc.)