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The qualifying period for long-term residence status in Europe has been reduced from five to three years

Brussels: There is good news for those who dream of living in EU countries. New rules are being developed to make it easier for non-EU nationals to relocate to the EU.

The European Parliament is enacting changes, such as reducing the time required to obtain long-term residence status from five to three years. Last year, the European Commission proposed simplifying these conditions. Based on this, it is being considered to reduce the five-year period to three. However, the final decision will be made by the concerned countries and governments.

The new legislation is expected to be finished by February 2024, just in time for the next European Parliament elections. But some political groups are active in the union, arguing that immigration-related issues should be dealt with nationally. It is also pointed out that their intervention will slow down the legislative process.

According to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, under this new law, long-term residents of EU countries will be able to move to other member countries for work and study without any additional restrictions.

MEPs have given their approval in this regard. However, the committee states that the final changes to the law must be approved by the governments of EU member states.

New changes

In addition to shortening the residency period to three years, the law will also provide for combining the periods of living in different countries of the Union for study and seasonal work. Furthermore, it has been suggested that the past time as recognised refugees, such as Ukrainians, be considered for this period.

Those who obtain EU long-term residence status can also move to another EU member state without any additional labour restrictions or integration checks. Dependent children also get this treatment. However, those who get residence status only through any investment scheme do not get this exemption.

Current status
Citizens from non-EU countries can currently obtain long-term residence status if they have lived in an EU country for at least five years. During this period, there is a condition that you cannot stay away from here for six consecutive months, or a total of 10 months. You must also demonstrate that you have health insurance and adequate financial resources.

Some countries also conduct language and cultural proficiency tests for permanent residency. By doing this, you will not be able to get a European Union permit unless you get citizenship in that country. It requires more checks, and so on. Changes are coming to these rules.

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