From this question some comments below the very question made me rethink about a thing that I did not know.

Regarding EU countries who mandate to other EU citizens to report their presence for long-term stays (or even short ones as well), are the latter people going to receive mandatorily a residence card (with a validity and to be renewed further for a more extended period) (specific for EU nationals) or can they simply report their presence only and get a printed certificate and stay there indefinitely as they wish without conditions?

In the EU site this thing is not mentioned, but some people told me otherwise.

  • What does "...a[n] EU on-citizen of the latter..." mean? Nov 15, 2019 at 22:25
  • It means any other EU citizen which is not a citizen of that EU country.
    – abdul
    Nov 15, 2019 at 23:00
  • @DavidsupportsMonica What he wants to know is in how far another EU Citizen is equal to a local EU-Citizen based on EU law. Nov 16, 2019 at 15:28
  • @MarkJohnson Thanks. Won't the answer differ depending upon what country the OP is a citizen of, and the identify of the EU country being considered for residence? Nov 16, 2019 at 15:32
  • @DavidsupportsMonica From the local registration laws of about 5 countries that I have read, they all quote this directive and the issuing of a residence card is not mandatory (but I have not read them all). Spain has strict ID laws where it may be different. But this question may bring answers to that. So I would not close it. Nov 16, 2019 at 15:39

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Where local residence laws exist, the other EU-Citizens must comply with these laws just as local EU-Citizens must.

For 3rd Country Citizens registration requirements may exist that do not apply to EU-Citizens (mostly matters pertaining to their residence permit).

Other EU-Citizens may (but are not required to) apply for a residence card, which fulfills a similar function as a local ID for identification purposes.

Otherwise other EU-Citizens are treated as a local citizens, with the major exception for activities where the national citizenship is a requirement (voting in National elections etc.).

An other EU-Citizen can, however, be deported when certain conditions are fulfilled:

  • criminal record/activities
  • when conditions, set in bold below in the KEY POINTS, are fulfilled

EU freedom of movement and residence


EU citizens with a valid identity card or passport may:

Enter another EU country without requiring an exit or entry visa. Family members who are not nationals of a EU country are not required either an exit or entry visa if they possess a valid residence card.

  • Live in another EU country for up to 3 months without any conditions or formalities.
  • Live in another EU country for longer than 3 months subject to certain conditions, depending on their status in the host country. Those who are employed or self-employed do not need to meet any other conditions. Students and other people not working for payment, such as those in retirement, must have sufficient resources for themselves and their family, so as not to be a burden on the host country’s social assistance system, and comprehensive sickness insurance cover.
  • Have to register with the relevant authorities if living in the country longer than 3 months. Their family members, if not EU nationals, are required [to] a residence card valid for 5 years.
  • Be entitled to permanent residence if they have lived legally in another EU country for a continuous period of 5 years. This also applies to family members.

  • Have the right to be treated on an equal footing with nationals of the host country. However, host authorities are not obliged to grant benefits to EU citizens not working for payment during the first 3 months of their stay.

  • @abdul I didn't make these conditions. Working for 3 months is not a high condition. You can't expect the Citizens of another country to support you for the rest of your life just because you have moved to their country. Nov 16, 2019 at 15:45
  • No it wasn't a rant, in fact I'm willing to work. However...many whom I know in France live just out of welfare, so they know tricks.
    – abdul
    Nov 16, 2019 at 15:52

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