Non-EU nationals — rules for long-term residence

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2003/109/EC — status of non-EU nationals who are long-term residents

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

The legislation does not apply in the UK, Ireland or Denmark which have special arrangements for immigration and asylum policy.

In 2011, the directive was amended to cover non-EU citizens, such as refugees or the stateless, who enjoy international protection.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 23 January 2004. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 23 January 2006.

BACKGROUND

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* KEY TERMS

Third-country national: anyone who is not a citizen of an EU country.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents (OJ L 16, 23.1.2004, pp. 44–53)

Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 2003/109/EC have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Council Directive 2004/114/EC of 13 December 2004 on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service (OJ L 375, 23.12.2004, pp. 12–18)

Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing (OJ L 132, 21.5.2016, pp. 21–57)

last update 23.08.2016