Have a residence card issued to family members of EU foreigners

Every EU citizen has a right to freedom of movement within the European Union. Under certain conditions, the same applies to family members of EU citizens, regardless of whether they are EU citizens themselves.

Freedom of movement means the right to move freely within the European Union, to enter and reside in any other member state and to engage in economic activity under the same conditions as nationals.

The law on the general freedom of movement of EU citizens (Freizügigkeitsgesetz/EU) regulates the entry and residence of nationals of other member states of the European Union and their family members.

Family members are:

  • the spouse and life partner – as well as relatives in descending line under 21 years of age – of EU citizens entitled to freedom of movement or their spouses or life partners, and
  • relatives in ascending and descending line who receive maintenance from EU citizens entitled to freedom of movement or their spouses.
Attention! If you are staying in Germany for a course of study, only your spouse or life partner and their children who are receiving maintenance can invoke the right to freedom of movement.

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Immigration office of the municipal or district administration

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Service details

Detailed information

Prerequisite

If, as a family member, you are an EU citizen, a citizen of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland yourself, you have a right to freedom of movement if certain conditions are met.

  • A certificate as proof of your right to freedom of movement as a family member is not required. This does not apply to family members of Swiss nationals, who upon application receive a so called “Aufenthaltserlaubnis – CH” as proof of their right of residence.
  • If, as a family member, you are not a citizen of an EU member state, an EEA state or Switzerland yourself, but are a national of another state (a so called third country), then you are entitled to a derived right of residence.
Note: Family members entitled to freedom of movement who are not EU citizens can be issued with a residence card that is valid for five years.

Procedure

In order to obtain a residence card, you should contact the relevant office in person or in writing.

  • If all the necessary requirements are met, a residence card will be issued to you within six months and is valid for five years. You must collect it in person.

Required documents

  • Identity card or passport
  • The following are additionally required from employees or their spouses/life partners:
    • Your own employment contract or confirmation of employment or that of your spouse or partner
  • The following are additionally required from self-employed persons or their spouses/life partners:
    • Trade licence or proof of self-employment or that of your of spouse or partner
  • Civil status documents (e.g. marriage and birth certificates)
  • The following are additionally required from those who are not gainfully employed:
    • Proof of sufficient health insurance coverage and sufficient means of subsistence
  • The following are additionally required from students:
    • Certificate of enrolment
  • Biometric photo

Costs

Administrative fees:

  • EUR 28.80
  • for persons under the age of 24: EUR 22.80

Release note

Saxon State Ministry of the Interior. 08.10.2020