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Workers and pensioners – Faq

Updated : 11/06/2014

Rights, conditions and formalities

FAQs Rights, conditions and formalities

  • I forgot to register at the town hall after being in another EU country for 3 months. Will I be expelled?

    NO - You cannot be expelled. However, depending on the country, you may be fined for failing to register when required.

  • I've been working legally in another EU country for more than 5 years. Can the authorities there still ask me to prove I'm employed there when I renew my registration certificate?

    NO – After 5 years, you are automatically entitled to permanent residence in your new country. You should not renew your registration certificate but apply for a permanent residence document, which confirms that you have the right to stay there even if you do not work or need income support.

  • I travel to another EU country several times a year for work, staying for a maximum of 1 week each time. Do I have to undertake any formalities?

    NO - If you stay for less than 3 months each time, the only formality you might have to undertake is to report your presence, if the country requires it.

  • I'm self-employed and have recently moved to another EU country. I'm not required to register there for the first 3 months. Can I start working before I register?

    YES – You're allowed to work whether or not you have a registration certificate.

  • I have independent resources and am planning to move to another EU country. Do I need to prove to the authorities there that I have sufficient means to support myself?

    YES – If you can prove you have sufficient resources and comprehensive health insurance valid in that country, you can stay there for more than 3 months.

  • I'm a Finnish pensioner planning to move to Italy. I'm able to support myself with my pension and have full health insurance linked to my pension, which covers me in Italy. If I can prove this, am I entitled to become a permanent resident?

    NO – Not straight away. The Italian authorities will initially issue you with a registration certificate. If you then stay in Italy continuously for 5 years, you will acquire the right to become a permanent resident. Once you have that right, you can no longer be required to prove you have sufficient resources to stay in Italy.

  • I'm a Danish pensioner and moved to Italy 5 years ago. 2 years ago I had to go back to Denmark for medical surgery and spent 10 months there. Will I still be entitled to become a permanent resident in Italy?

    YES – Your "continuity of residence" requirement is not affected by absences of less than 12 months for serious health reasons.

  • I'm an Italian project officer, on a 7-month posting in Belgium, ending in 3 months' time. I'm staying in my Belgian girlfriend's flat (free of charge). Am I exempt from compulsory registration in Belgium, as I don't have a rental contract or pay any utilities there?

    NO – You still have to register as soon as possible. In Belgium, this is compulsory for all EU citizens staying for longer than 3 months. You cannot be expelled if you don't register, but you may have to pay a fine.

  • I've been living in another EU country for 6 years. Can I be considered a permanent resident?

    YES – You can apply for proof of that status from the national authorities.

  • If I go to another EU country as a tourist, are there any formalities to complete?

    NO – If you stay there for less than 3 months, you can only be asked to report your presence to the authorities – but this is usually done by the hotel where you're staying.

  • I spend 2 months of every year in my seaside flat in another EU country. Do I have to register at the town hall?

    NO – If you stay for less than 3 months, all you might need to do is report your presence, if that country requires it.

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