Updated : 24/03/2014
As EU national, you automatically acquire the right of permanence residence in another EU country if you have lived legally there for at least 5 years continuously.
You can then apply for a permanent residence document, which confirms your rights to live in the country where you now live permanently, without any conditions.
This is different from the registration certificate which is compulsory in many countries. The permanent residence document is not compulsory.
The permanent residence document can be handy when dealing with the authorities or for administrative formalities. The authorities may no longer require you to prove that you have a job, sufficient resources, health insurance, and so on.
If you ask the authorities for a permanent residence document, they must issue it as soon as possible and for no more than nationals pay for identity cards. If they do not, you can call on our assistance services.
The document should be valid indefinitely and does not have to be renewed.
To get one, you must submit: