How can the European Union Benefit You?
- Become a citizen of an EU country
- Become a resident of an EU country
- Marry an EU citizen/resident
- Obtain an "EU Passport"
- Work temporary in any of the member countries
The European Union (EU) consists of 27
individual countries, which entitles all
citizens to live, travel and work in the country of
their choice. Citizens can freely travel, work,
retire, or just vacate without any problems in
any EU country. The European Union provides
individuals and families with choices that other individual
countries around the world cannot offer. The "Single Market"
that was created in 1993 states that people, money, services,
and good can move freely within the European Union. Currently
over 450 million EU citizens are provided with these options.
Opportunities: The 27 EU countries have different immigration programs in terms
of foreign work programs, ways to obtain citizenship, unemployment
rates, inheritance of citizenship, and other
official immigration programs which allows individuals to live in one or
several EU countries. Some immigration programs can end with a
citizenship while other programs are time limited and related to
work or tourism. The advantage of citizenship in an EU country
is that the laws and regulations of the EU is applicable to any
country that you decide to live and work in.
EU Citizenship: The Treaty of Maastricht states that
Every person holding the
nationality of a Member State of the European Union
is, as a result, a citizen of the Union. Citizenship
of the Union supplements
national citizenship without replacing it. It is
made up of a set of fundamental
rights and obligations enshrined in the EC Treaty
among which it is worth
underlining the right not to be discriminated on the
basis of the nationality.
This means that an individual who becomes a citizen
of any EU country automatically is granted EU
citizenship. EU citizenship is not a separate "national"
citizenship, but is related to the individual's rights
in any of the 27 EU countries. For example, a citizen of
Poland has the right to move to Spain and work/retire
Citizenship vs. Residency: There is a fundamental
difference between becoming a citizen and a resident of
any EU country. Citizenship is normally obtained through
birth, marriage, long-term residency and family
relations. Only citizens can obtain a passport. A
resident with the legal right to live and work in an EU
country holds a foreign citizenship and passport.
However, different countries have different rules and
regulations for how long an individual can be a resident
before it is possible to apply for citizenship. A
resident that gets married to a citizen can apply for
citizenship. Dealing with foreign governments in a
different language is not always easy, which is why our
"EU Immigration Guide" provides you with simple and
plain information in English.
Do you need an EU lawyer? People have different
reasons for who they want to obtain a EU citizenship or
a work permit for EU. However, it is not necessary to
pay an EU immigration attorney 1000's or Euros to answer
this question (unless you got the money for it). Our "EU
Immigration Guide" will take you an hour or two to read,
pending on your English proficiency. Within that time
you will know where to look, questions to ask, and how
to proceed. The more experience you have about
your own immigration process, the better off your are
and you may very well be able to do it on your own.
Download our "EU Immigration Guide" for more
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