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Key Points

  • The European Union will simplify and streamline the issuance process for work and residence permits issued to third-country foreign nationals


The European Parliament introduced draft legislation to simplify the issuance process of work and residence permits for third-country nationals. The legislation aims to present the following changes:

  • Faster decision times: Decisions on single permit work and residence permits will be set to 90 days. Currently, the decision time varies and can take up to four months. In addition, the time will be shortened to 45 days for applicants selected through an EU talent partnership or those who already hold a single permit issued in another EU country.
  • Changing employers and expanding permit validity: The committee will aim to extend the validity of the single permit for up to nine months while the permit holder is unemployed.

What are the Changes?

The European Parliament proposed draft legislation to simplify the issuance of work and residence permits for third-country nationals. The changes include faster decision times and expanding the permit validity for up to nine months for unemployed permit holders.

Looking Ahead

The committee will present the legislation to the Council of the EU during the week of April 17, 2023. According to the announcement, EU member states will retain the power to determine the number of third-country nationals permitted to enter their territory for work. Continue to check the EU’s website for the latest updates and information.

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

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