Article 10 – Issue of residence cards

Article 10

Issue of residence cards

1.   The right of residence of family members of a Union citizen who are not nationals of a Member State shall be evidenced by the issuing of a document called “Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen” no later than six months from the date on which they submit the application. A certificate of application for the residence card shall be issued immediately.

2.   For the residence card to be issued, Member States shall require presentation of the following documents:


a valid passport;


a document attesting to the existence of a family relationship or of a registered partnership;


the registration certificate or, in the absence of a registration system, any other proof of residence in the host Member State of the Union citizen whom they are accompanying or joining;


in cases falling under points (c) and (d) of Article 2(2), documentary evidence that the conditions laid down therein are met;


in cases falling under Article 3(2)(a), a document issued by the relevant authority in the country of origin or country from which they are arriving certifying that they are dependants or members of the household of the Union citizen, or proof of the existence of serious health grounds which strictly require the personal care of the family member by the Union citizen;


in cases falling under Article 3(2)(b), proof of the existence of a durable relationship with the Union citizen.