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Key Points

  • The European Council updated the terms of the EU long-term resident directive to clarify the conditions of eligibility for the status


The European Council (EC) introduced plans to update the European Union (EU) long-term resident’s directive. This directive sets the conditions for third-country nationals to acquire EU long-term resident status. As a result, third-country nationals can cumulate residence periods of up to two years in other member states to meet the requirements of the five-year residence period. Certain conditions, such as stable resources and sickness insurance, must be met, and integration conditions may apply.

What are the Changes?

The European Council clarified the eligibility requirements for third-country nationals applying for long-term resident status. According to the update, these amendments aim to describe the conditions of long-term resident status across EU member states.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the EU’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: European Council

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