Originally Posted by Alltimegreat1
US citizens can stay in EU countries for up to three months as well.
Would a US citizen be at any disadvantage compared to a German citizen when it comes to relocating to Poland (for example)?
An EU citizen doesn't need to apply for a visa before moving to another EU country - though in most they are required to register, meeting certain requirements, if they wish to stay longer than 3 months. Some - notably Britain atm, don't require registration.
A US citizen would neeed to have a visa & the requirements are much tougher.
I don't know about Poland, but here in Spain the requirements if not working or in reciept of an EU state pension are an annual income of 1x IPREM plus health insurance.
IPREM is considered to be the minuimum needed to live without recourse to public funds, & atm is around 6,500€
A non-EU citizen needs 4xIPREM for a retirement or non-lucrative visa - so a minimum annual income from outside Spain of around 26,000€ - no work in Spain allowed on this visa - plus private healthcare.
An EU citizen is free to work in any other EU country without a visa. A non-EU citizen must have a visa before starting work, & isn't allowed to live in Spain while the visa is being processed.