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Scheduled to take effect on 20 May, the European Council’s revisions to the Single Permit Directive are poised to bring about significant changes, Wego reports. Aimed at enhancing legal migration processes for non-EU nationals, these revisions have garnered attention since their approval by the cabinet.

Wego previously reported on the cabinet’s approval of the European Council’s revisions to the Single Permit Directive. As anticipation mounts, it becomes increasingly evident that these directives will play a transformative role in shaping migration procedures within the European Union (EU).

New Changes to Single Work and Stay Permit for Non-EU Nationals; Faster Application Process Expected


Key amendments include a reduction in the decision-making timeframe for permit applications. Member states are now required to process applications within three months, down from the previous four-month period. Additionally, non-EU nationals will benefit from increased flexibility in changing employers, with a mandatory notification requirement to authorities.

Moreover, the revised directive introduces measures to ensure compliance and address grievances. Member states will implement new monitoring obligations to ensure that the directive’s rules are followed.

Furthermore, a redress mechanism will be established to resolve any disputes or complaints arising from permit applications or employment situations, thereby guaranteeing fair treatment of third-country workers within the EU.

As the EU Single Permit Directive revision comes into effect, stakeholders anticipate a smoother and more transparent migration process for non-EU nationals, marking a significant step towards enhancing legal migration within the European Union.

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