An important new European Directive designed to facilitate migration of non-EU citizens was approved in December and has been officially published.
The legislation imposes significant obligations on EU member states in two respects:
- a single procedure for non-EU migrants to apply for a combined work and residence permit; and
- equal rights for third-country nationals working legally within the EU.
The Directive applies to all member states apart from Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland (which are specifically excluded).
To learn more about the Directive and its potential implications for employers, please continue reading at our collaborative blog, Global Employment Law.