Under EU Directive 2003/109 it is possible for an EU long-term resident to be eligible for a permanent residence permit with an EU endorsement. This allows the EU to obtain a long-term resident under certain conditions in one of the other EU member states, more specifically in one of the other Schengen countries.

To be eligible for a residence permit for an EU long-term resident, you must meet the following basic conditions:

  • You have been living in the Netherlands for at least five uninterrupted years with a valid residence permit;
  • You have stable and sufficient income; equal to the minimum wage (some exceptions to this condition). Exceptions to this requirement are:
    • Persons having resided for 10 years or more at the time of applying.
    • Persons of 18 years and older who previously had residence as a dependent family member.
  • You have health insurance.;
  • You must have passed the exam (exceptions to this include minor children and persons who have made sufficient efforts to meet the integration requirement)
  • You do not pose a threat to public order, in short you have not committed any criminal offences.

Persons who have been granted long-term resident status enjoy additional protection against any decision to be expelled. Conduct that warrants expulsion must constitute a real and sufficiently serious threat to public order or public security. Furthermore, it is easier for an EU long-term resident to obtain residence in one of the other Schengen member states.

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