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Residence Card for EU Citizenship and Their Family Members

Updated: Jan 16

In today's globalized world, the European Union (EU) has facilitated the free movement of its citizens across member states. This freedom extends not only to EU citizens but also to their family members. One essential document that ensures this ease of movement is the Residence Card for EU Citizens and Their Family Members. The Residence Card serves as tangible proof of the right to reside and work in an EU member state for citizens of other EU countries and their family members who are not themselves EU citizens.


In this article, we will delve into the requirements and conditions, as well as the relevant terms under Bulgarian and European law.

Requirements and Conditions

✓  EU Citizenship: To apply for a Residence Card, you must be an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen. This includes spouses, children, parents, and other dependent relatives.

✓  Proof of Family Relationship: You must provide adequate evidence of your family relationship with the EU citizen. This typically involves documents such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, or adoption papers.

✓  Sufficient Financial Resources: Bulgarian law requires you to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and your family members while residing in the host EU country. This requirement aims to ensure that you do not become a burden on the Bulgarian welfare system.

✓  Residence in Bulgaria: You are eligible for residence, granting you the right to stay indefinitely.

In some cases, additional documents may be required, such as:

✓  Comprehensive Health Insurance: You must have comprehensive health insurance coverage to access healthcare services in the host EU country. This can be obtained through private health insurance or the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

✓  Clean Criminal Record: A clean criminal record is generally required for both the EU citizen and their family members applying for a Residence Card. Any serious criminal convictions may lead to a rejection of the application.

Necessary Documents: 

The documentation required for a Residence Card application may vary, but commonly includes:


  1. Valid Passport: A passport with an expiration date beyond the intended duration of residence is typically required.

  2. Proof of Relationship: Documents such as marriage certificates or birth certificates may be necessary to establish family ties.

  3. Financial Documentation: Bank statements or employment contracts may be needed to demonstrate financial stability.

  4. Proof of address registration in Bulgaria: Notary deed, Lease agreement, or Declaration from the owner of the apartment.

  5. Health Insurance: Proof of comprehensive health insurance coverage for you and your family is often a mandatory document.


Whether you are an EU citizen looking to reunite with family members or a non-EU family member seeking to secure your Residence Card, Pishtalova Law can provide expert guidance and representation.


Here's how we assist you in securing your Residence Card.

✓ Personalized Guidance: Our expert legal team provides personalized guidance, ensuring you understand the specific conditions and requirements tailored to your situation.

✓Document Preparation: We handle the meticulous preparation of all necessary documents, alleviating the burden and ensuring accuracy in your application.

✓Application Assistance: Our team navigates the application process with precision, ensuring that your submission is in compliance with EU regulations.

✓ Communication and Updates: Stay informed at every stage. We provide regular updates on the progress of your application, addressing any concerns and queries promptly.


Contact us to embark on this journey with confidence, knowing that you have a dedicated and knowledgeable partner by your side.

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