Ensure effective intra-EU mobility rights for third-country nationals. Allow third-country nationals who received an EU long-term resident status in the first Member State to move freely to a second Member State and apply for an EU long-term resident status immediately or for as long as the EU permit is valid in the first Member State.
Allow third-country nationals to cumulate residence periods in different Member States and ensure that all periods of legal residence are fully taken into account. Reduce the period of residence required to acquire EU long-term resident status from five to three years.
Improving the rights of long-term residents will make the status more attractive. Approximate their rights to the rights of EU citizens.
Ensure a level playing field between the EU long-term residence permit and national permanent residence permits on procedures, equal treatment rights, and access to information. National permanent residence permits with more favourable provisions on safeguards, rights and conditions should grant the same provisions to EU long-term residents. Third country nationals should be able to hold a national permanent residence permit and EU long-term residence permit at the same time.
Allow beneficiaries of temporary and other forms of protection status to apply for an EU long-term residence permit, as long as they fulfil the required conditions.
Remove the pre-requisite on integration conditions and allow for swifter family reunification by shortening the decision time. Family members would be entitled to access any employment, including self-employed activities in the host Member State. Adopt facilitated measures on how family members and children in vulnerable situations can access autonomous residence permits.