European Union: Single Permit Directive

Last Updated on February 12, 2024

Key Points 

  • The European Council and the European Parliament approved the introduction of a Single Permit Directive for third-country nationals seeking work and residence permits in the EU  


On 21 December 2023, the European Union (EU) approved the introduction of a Single Permit Directive and the rules of immigration law for the EU. The directive sets out the application process for EU countries to issue a single permit and establishes common rights for workers from third countries. Under the rule, member states decide which and how many third-country workers they want to admit to their labor market. 

Third-country nationals can submit an application from the territory of a third country or from within the EU if the applicant holds a valid residence permit. When a member state decides to issue a single permit, the decision will serve as a residence and a work permit. Applicants will ideally receive a decision on the issuance of the permit within three months of the receipt of the complete application. For additional information on these changes, check here. 

Looking Ahead  

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

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