The European Commission is evaluating   the existing EU legislation on legal migration, which covers the entry, stay and residency rules for non-EU citizens coming to the EU to study, work or join their families. This evaluation does not cover immigration to Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, as these countries do not implement the EU laws in question.

The purpose is to identify possible gaps and inconsistencies in the current legislation; examine its contribution to an effective management of migration flows and discuss possible ways for simplification.     

As part of this exercise, a public consultation has been launched and will run until 18 September 2017. The consultation's webpage and questionnaire are available in all EU languages.

This consultation is addressed to the broadest public possible, both inside and outside the EU, as it is important to get views from all stakeholders on the difficulties they might have experienced so far. Stakeholders specifically targeted include, among others, non-EU citizens considering moving to the EU; non-EU citizens residing or having resided in the EU; employers, business representatives; public authorities; NGOs and interested citizens.