European Residence permit, Firstly is a permanent residence title to live in an EU member country. Note that Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom are not part of the EU long-term residency program.
To be eligible, third-country nationals must have lived in the EU country where they apply, for at least five years. The best thing about a permanent residence permit in EU is that it is valid until further notice. You do not need to renew it, or reapply for one after a period.
Who Is Eligible for an European Residence permit?
To apply for an EU residence permit for non-EU citizens you must meet several conditions. The eligibility criteria for an EU long-term residence permit are as follows.
You must have lived in the EU country where you apply for at least 5 years.
You must have the financial means to support yourself. If you have dependents, you should also prove that you have enough means to support them too.
EU Long Term Residence Permit Requirements
The required documents for an EU long-term residence permit are the core of your application. Since there is no interview for this type of residence permit, the decision on your application depends mostly on the required documents.
Yet, there very few documents that you need to submit. The required documents for an EU long-term residence permit are as follows:
Your valid passport.
One photo according to the Schengen photo rules.
Color copies of the passport pages containing personal data and all pages that contain stickers or stamps.
Evidence you have resided in that country for at least five years.
A valid registration certificate issued when you arrived in the host country.
Evidence that you have been living in the country, such as utility bills and rental contracts.
Evidence such as pay slips, bank statements, tax returns that you have been working, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient or looking for work.
Proof of income. This could be your work contract, bank statements, pay slips etc.
Proof of Accommodation. Submit a rental contract or home ownership document, which also indicates the area of your place.
Health insurance. Submit evidence that you have health insurance either by the public or a private provides.
Please note that these are only the common requirements for the EU countries. Some of them have a few additional requirements, which may change from one category of applicants to another.
EU Long Term Residence Permit Fee
The costs for an EU long-term residence permit differ from one EU country to another. The countries charge applicants as much as their nationals pay for their identity cards.
I.e. in the Netherlands, adult applicants need to pay , whereas in Germany applicants need to pay a fee .
EU Long Term Residence Permit Application Processing
An EU country takes about four to six weeks to process an EU long-term residence permit application.