Single Permit

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The Single Permit Directive allows foreign workers to come work in the EU via a single application process. The benefit of the single permit is that you do not have to apply for a work permit and a residence permit, but you can get them both combined through the same procedure.

Holders of EU Blue Cards and Seasonal Workers can make use of the Single Permit Directive.

Who can apply for a Single Permit?

The exact application procedure for a Single Permit changes depending on the EU State in which you want to work.

  • You (the applicant) may have to submit the application yourself
  • The employer has to submit the application on your behalf
  • Either you or your employer can submit the application

Additionally, some countries also offer an online application procedure.

The employee applies for Single Permit

If you want to work in the following countries, you have to apply for a Single Permit yourself:

  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Swedeen

The employer applies for Single Permit

If you want to work in the following countries, the employer has to apply for your Single Permit:

  • Bulgaria
  • Italy

Either the employee or employer applies for Single Permit

If you want to work in the following countries, either you or your employer can apply for the Single Permit:

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain

Single Permit for EU Blue Card

Highly qualified workers or researchers who want to work in the EU can apply for an EU Blue Card using the Single Permit procedure. See whether you are eligible to apply for an EU Blue Card.

If you are applying yourself

If you want to work in one of the countries which require you to submit the application yourself, you can do it in one of the following ways:

  • In your home country. You can apply for the EU Blue Card in the Embassy or Consulate of the relevant EU State that’s located in your country of residence. For example, if you are applying for a Germany Blue Card, you can apply at the German Embassy/Consulate in your country.
  • In the EU State. If you are a student or vocational trainee who is already in the EU and want to apply for the EU Blue Card, you can approach the Immigration or Foreigner’s Centers in the area where you live. Even if you are currently living in the EU for another purpose, but you find a job that meets the criteria for the EU Blue Card, you can apply from within the EU.

Note: You can also apply online if the EU State where you want to work offers the option.

If your employer is applying for you

If your employer is applying for you, they must submit the application to the relevant authorities in the EU State. You have to provide them with several documents which they have to submit.

Once the application has been processed and approved, you may enter the EU and work.

Single Permit for seasonal workers

If you are applying yourself

When it comes to seasonal workers in the EU, they can only apply from outside the EU. Therefore, if you have found seasonal work in the EU, and are required to apply yourself, you must do so through an Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.

If your employer is applying for you

If your employer is applying for you, they will submit the application to the competent authorities in the EU State, while you have to provide them with the required documents.

How much is the fee for a Single Permit procedure?

The fee for the Single Permit application is dependent on the EU state in which you will work.

How long does it take to process a Single Permit?

A Single Permit application is processed within three months, depending on your case and the country and method through which you are applying.

Benefits of the Single Permit Directive

If you receive a Single Permit, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Easier and faster application procedure. You do not have to apply at multiple authorities, first for the work permit, then the residence permit but will get them both in one procedure.
  • Rights of Equal Treatment. You enjoy the Rights of Equal Treatment with the other nationals of the EU State where you will work.
  • Freedom of movement. You can move freely to other countries within the EU Area. (Does not apply to Seasonal Workers)
  • Family Reunification. You can apply for family reunification and bring your family members to join you in the EU. (Does not apply to Seasonal Workers)
  • Long Term.* The single-permit can be issued for years at a time, depending on the duration of your work contract (but no longer than four years).

*Does not apply to Seasonal Workers. Seasonal Workers can only receive a Single Permit valid for a maximum of 9 months within a one-year period.

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