EU format for residence permits

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 — uniform format for residence permits for non-EU nationals

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

It sets out a uniform format for residence permits, and the information they must contain, for non-EU nationals living legally in the EU.

KEY POINTS

Regulation (EC) No 380/2008 amends Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 as regards the integration of biometric identifiers* into the uniform format for residence permits.

Because the current format for residence permits has been used for over 20 years, Regulation (EU) 2017/1954 was adopted.

It introduces a new uniform template for permits with new security features so as to prevent forgery. The images and text specifications contained in the annex to Regulation (EU) 2017/1954 replace those in the annex to the original 2002 regulation. EU countries have a 6-month transitional period to use up existing stocks of residence permits.

Neither Ireland nor the UK (1) is bound by this regulation, and Denmark can decide within 6 months of its adoption whether it should become law in Denmark.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 has applied since 15 June 2002.

Regulation (EU) 2017/1954 applies no later than 15 months after the European Commission adopts new additional technical specifications for residence permits.

BACKGROUND

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KEY TERMS

Biometric indentifiers: the use of one or more physical characteristics of an individual (fingerprints, facial structure, iris), stored on a medium such as a smart card, bar code or document, to check the identity of the person presenting a document.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 of 13 June 2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals (OJ L 157, 15.6.2002, pp. 1-7)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENT

Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 81, 21.3.2001, pp. 1-7)

See consolidated version.

last update 04.04.2018



(1) The United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union and becomes a third country (non-EU country) as of 1 February 2020.