Residence permits

Residence permits issued for third country nationals in the EU and EFTA countries.

Residence permit is defined as any authorisation valid for at least 3 months issued by the authorities of a Member State allowing a third country national to stay legally on its territory. First permit means the residence permit issued to a person for the first time. A residence permit is considered as a first permit also if the time gap between expiry of the old permit and the start of validity of the new permit issued for the same reason is at least 6 months; irrespective of the year of issuance of the permit.

The statistics are provided by the national responsible authorities; mainly Ministries of Interior or Immigration Agencies of the EU MS and EFTA countries. Data are based entirely on relevant administrative sources. These data are supplied by MS as part of the annual Residence Permits Data Collection conducted by Eurostat according to the provisions of Article 6 of Regulation 862/2007 on statistics on migration and international protection. Data can be disaggregated by reason; length of validity; age; sex and citizenship.

The following statistics are related to migration:

Table codeDescription
migr_resbc1EU Blue Cards by type of decision; occupation and citizenship
migr_resbc2Admitted family members of EU Blue Cards holders by type of decision and citizenship
migr_resbc3EU Blue Cards holders and family members by Member State of previous residence
migr_reschangeChange of immigration status permits by reason and citizenship
migr_reseduFirst permits issued for education reasons by reason; length of validity and citizenship
migr_resfamFirst permits issued for family reasons by reason; length of validity and citizenship
migr_resfasFirst permits by reason; age; sex and citizenship
migr_resfirstFirst permits by reason; length of validity and citizenship
migr_reslasLong-term residents by age; sex and citizenship on 31 December of each year
migr_reslongLong-term residents by citizenship on 31 December of each year
migr_resoccFirst permits issued for remunerated activities by reason; length of validity and citizenship
migr_resothFirst permits issued for other reasons by reason; length of validity and citizenship
migr_resshareLong-term residents among all non-EU citizens holding residence permits by citizenship on 31 December (%)
migr_ressingSingle Permits issued by type of decision; length of validity
migr_resvalidAll valid permits by reason; length of validity and citizenship on 31 December of each year
migr_resvasAll valid permits by age; sex and citizenship on 31 December of each year

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Additional Info

Dataset ID migr_res
Data Frequency annual
Temporal Coverage Start 2008
Status Active
Spatial Coverage European Union ; United Kingdom ; Iceland ; Liechtenstein ; Norway ; Switzerland
Mode Database
Data Type statistical
Accessed On 2022-02-09
Category official statistics

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