Updated : 14/08/2014
Towards the end of their 5th year of continuous legal residence your non-EU family members should apply to the authorities for a permanent residence card.
The permanent residence card is often issued free of charge (or for the same price as identity cards for nationals).
The card should be valid for 10 years and is automatically renewable without any condition or requirement.
When applying for their permanent residence card, they must present proof they've been living legally in the country for 5 years - for example, a valid residence card issued 5 years ago.
If you have problems getting a permanent residence card for your non-EU family members, you can call on our assistance services.Help and advice