At the end of March, the European Parliament adopted a draft of amendments to the EU Directive of 2003, which provides for the simplification of obtaining the status of a long-term resident of the European Union (PMP) by citizens of third countries.
What changes does the bill propose?
- 1. Permanent residence in EU countries can start providing after a three-year period of legal residence.
- 2. Persons who have the status of temporary protection will have the possibility of deeper social integration.
- 3. Having a long-term residency in the European Union, the immigrant will be able to move freely between EU countries.
- 4. Dependent children will automatically acquire residence permit in the European Union.
Speeding up the procedure for obtaining permanent residence in the EU
Now, in many European countries, you need to live legally in the EU for 5 years, after which you can get a permanent residence. This term can be shortened to 3 years. It is also allowed to sum up the periods of stay on a legal basis in different EU countries. Legal reasons for residence also include:
- Availability of temporary protection status;
- Staying at seasonal jobs;
- Completion of education or professional training.
It is proposed to simplify the criteria for permanent residence, namely:
- reduce the requirements for having sufficient income to support the family;
- to simplify the requirements of mandatory health insurance;
- if a certain state requires the applicant to know the language at the A2 level, it should be provided with free language courses;
- applications for permanent residence status must be processed within a maximum of 60 days;
- if the applicant lives with dependent children, they are also automatically granted long-term residency status.
When to expect changes?
The European Parliament has already successfully voted to start negotiations with the ministers of the EU member states regarding the approval of the final text of the draft law. Now the members of the EU Council have to agree on their own negotiating position, after which discussions with ministers will begin.