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

Introduction: The European Union (EU) consists of about 27 individual European 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 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 are 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 EU countries. For example, a citizen of Poland has the right to move to Spain and work/retire legally.

Residency or Citizenship? 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 Immigration Expert? People have different reasons for who they want to obtain an EU citizenship or a work permit for. We have EU immigration experts that will explain and can assist you with professional processing of all types of EU applications. Please contact us today for prompt, quick and cost-effective service.

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