Active and Passive Categories summarised
As from 1st February 2014 the old and discriminatory extra documentary requirements for some EU States have been lifted. ALL EU member states are now to be treated as the same.
What does this mean?
Before the rules changed, those applying for residency and who were nationals of Bulgaria,Estonia,Czech Republic, Hungary,Latvia, Lithuania,Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were required to provide very onerous documents with the correct stamps and Apostilles. Often these documents were unobtainable and many potential applicants were unable to follow through to application.
Now, the documentary requirements are identical ( France, Spain and Portugal still are privileged in that official documents do not require to be legalised under the tri-partite accord with Andorra).
If you have in the past enquired about residency and were subject to these old restrictions please get in contact with me, the way forward is now far easier.
If your application was accepted under the old law from before July 2013, the following may be important for you and does not apply to new applicants after that date:
You are now only required to be in Andorra 90 days, and not 183 days as under the old law.
For family groupings where a spouse or child joins an existing resident, or children born to existing residents the bond payable for family dependents remains at €7,000 following a recent decision by Immigration.
- If a resident under the old law decides to marry, the bond for the spouse remains at € 7,000
- If a couple divorce both individuals will be treated under the old law so the bond will be 30,000 euros each after the refund of 7,000 euros, the original bond for family dependents.