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The following family members, whatever their nationality, have the right to reside with you in the host Member State:
* your spouse;
* the partner with whom you have contracted a registered partnership in a Member State, but only if the legislation of the host Member State treats registered partnerships as equivalent to marriage and in accordance with the conditions laid down by the host Member State;
* your descendants and those of your spouse or registered partner who are under the age of 21 or are dependants;
* your dependent relatives in the ascending line and those of your spouse or registered partner.
Member States must also facilitate the entry and residence of:
* other family members who are dependants or members of your household or who require your personal care due to serious health grounds, and
* the partner with whom you have a durable relationship, duly attested.
If the family members are EU citizens, they may be required to register with the competent authority, in which case they will be issued with a registration certificate.
If they are third-country nationals, they will be issued a residence card, valid for five years or for the envisaged period of residence of the worker if this period is less than five years. An entry visa may also be required to enter the territory of the host Member State.
Only the following documents may be required for issuing the registration certificate or the residence card:
* a valid identity card or passport; if the family members are third-country nationals, they must produce a valid passport;
* proof of the family relationship or of the registered partnership;
* the registration certificate of the worker or, in the absence of a registration system, any other proof of residence in the host Member state;
* in the case of dependant relatives, other family members or durable partnerships, proof that they fall into these categories.
Family members also qualify for the right of permanent residence after a continuous period of residence of five years in the host Member State. If they are EU nationals, they will be issued, upon application, with a document certifying permanent residence. If they are third-country nationals, they will be issued with a permanent residence card renewable every ten years.
They may retain, under certain specific conditions, the right of residence in case of divorce, annulment of marriage, termination of registered partnership, death or departure of the worker.
Members of the family who have the right of residence in the host Member State have the right to work in the host Member State whatever their nationality. If they are third country nationals, this means that no work permit will be required. They have the right to equal treatment, including the award of social advantages.
The children of the worker, whatever their nationality, have the right to education in the host Member State on the same terms as its nationals. This includes, for instance, a right to equal treatment in relation to study grants.