European Union: Introduction of the Single Permit Directive

Key Points  

  • The European Union officially adopted the Single Permit Directive into law on 12 April 2024  


The European Union officially published its Single Permit Directive on 12 April 2024. Under the directive, a third-country worker can apply from the territory of a third country or, if they hold a valid residence permit, from within the EU. If a member state decides to issue a single permit, this decision will serve as both a residence permit and a work permit.  

Under a single permit, holders can also change employers without applying for a new residence and work permit. Such a change may be subject to notification to the authorities, and member states may carry out a labor-market check. 

EU member states will have two years to transpose the directive into national legislation.  

Looking Ahead  

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

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