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EU Citizen

An EU citizen is a citizen of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Rumania, Greece, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Similar rights and responsibilities also relate to citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

A family member of an EU citizen is a family member of a citizen of any of the states mentioned above, who is a:

  • spouse,
  • parent if it concerns someone who supports an EU citizen under 21 with whom they live in a common household,
  • child under 21 or such a child of the spouse of an EU citizen and
  • dependent direct relative in an ascending or descending line or such a relative of the spouse of an EU citizen.

A dependent person is understood to be a third-country national supported by a European Union citizen or the spouse thereof who:

  • is systematically preparing for a future profession up 26 years of age;
  • cannot systematically prepare for a future profession or perform gainful activities due to illness or injury; or
  • is not capable of performing systematic gainful activities due to a chronic adverse health condition.

A family member of an EU citizen can also be understood to be a foreign national who can credibly prove that:

  • they are a relative of an EU citizen that is not specified above if:
  • they lived in a common household with an EU citizen in the country whose citizenship they hold or in the country in which they held long-term or permanent residence;
  • they are supported by an EU citizen; or
  • they cannot care for themselves without the personal care provided by an EU citizen due to a chronic adverse health condition; or

They are in a permanent relationship with an EU citizen that is comparable to a family relationship and that they share a common household.