Warning ! Staying conditions related hereinafter are only applicable to the nationals of the European Union and of the European Economic Space
The nationals of the European Union or of the European Economic Space have the right to move freely within this space, no matter which could the reasons for this movement may be.
There is no need of any work permit in order to carry out a professional activity. The right to stay, however, depends on certain conditions.
The right to stay is free for 3 months. You will only have to have a valid identity card or passport.
However, certain Sates may subject this right to stay to a presence notification.
In Germany, Belgium, France and Luxembourg, you will have to apply for a residence permit within three months.
Notice ! If the right to stay is free for three months, certain States submit the right of stay for less than three months to a presence notification (see staying three months).
The residence permit will be obtained after presenting different written proofs that may vary according to your situation. No matter to which category you belong to, you will be asked to present a piece proofing your identity and an inscription certificate of the residence declaration office.
~ Should you be a wage earner, a document giving proof of your activity.
~ Should you be a student, you will have to give proof of enough resources for yourself and your family and of an insurance covering illness and maternity risks (a mere notification will be enough, written proofs are no longer demanded) and you will have to provide a proof of your enrolment to a training.
~ Should you not be active (unemployed, retired, pensioned, etc…) you will have to declare that you dispose of enough resources for you and your family as well as of an insurance covering illness and maternity risks (you will be asked to present written proof of the origin, nature, continuance of your resources and of your social security).
~ For your family members (spouses, dependent children and direct ancestry), that are naturals from the community, they will obtain a residence permit under the same conditions that you have had. They will have to provide a valid identity card, a document from the origin State proofing the relationship and a document certifying that they are depending upon you or that they live under your roof.
~ For your family members that are not naturals from the community, they may be required a visa, but everything is being done in order to facilitate its issue.
~ For active workers, the green card is valid for 5 years (10 years for France). It is renewable in full right.
~ For students, the green card will be valid for all the training if this comprehends less than one year. Should the training last for more than 1 year, it will have to be renewed every year.
~ For non-active workers (unemployed, pensioners) the green card is valid for five years since the first time it was issued. It will be renewable under certain conditions.
~ For the family members, the duration of a green card’s validity and its renewable character depend on the category to which the holder of the first card belongs to.
Cross-border workers (working in a State different to their residence country) will benefit from a residence right without having to issue a residence permit.
The working member State can nevertheless choose to give the cross-border worker a specific green card valid for five years and automatically renewable: that is specifically the case of Belgium and France.
If you work in any of these two States, you will have to as for the card of cross-border worker natural from a member Sate of the EC since obtaining the contract, to the competent administration in your working place.
Moreover, the worker who after three years of employment and continuous residence in a member State becomes cross-border worker in another member State (i.e., he will have a wage-earning employment in the territory of another member State, keeping its residence in the territory of the first State to where he/she returns every day in principle, or at least once a week), by virtue of the communitarian right he/she will obtain the right to stay in the first Sate.
Annabelle Daniau, Juriste, CRD EURES Lorraine
~ Germany : Einwohnermeldeamt of your residence.
~ Belgium : Administration Communale of your residence.
Préfecture de la Moselle
Préfecture de la Meurthe et Moselle
~ Luxembourg : Administration Communale of your residenc.
For more information, please contact the two resources centres in the Grande Région.
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