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Europe – Resources condition for long-term residence applications may also cover third-party resources

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The European Court of Justice has held that the 'resources' long-term residence applicants require need not be their own and can be made available by a third party.

On 3 October 2019, the European Court of Justice ruled that the concept of ‘resources’ in Directive 2003/109/EC concerning the status of long-term residents in a member state includes not only the applicant for long-term residence’s own resources but may also cover resources made available to the applicant by a third party provided that, in the light of the applicant’s individual circumstances, these resources could be considered ‘stable, regular and sufficient’.

X v. Belgische Staat, case C-302/18

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