Migration policy, including procedures on visas and residence permits, plays an important role
enabling the access of non-EU students and researchers into the EU. Migration policy is
also crucial to define the rights of non-EU nationals and ensure their fair treatment once they
reside in the EU.
Currently, there are specific legal rules at EU level on how students and researchers from
outside the EU can come to the EU and move between its Member States if the relevant period of
study or research exceeds three months. To some extent these rules cover also school pupils,
volunteers and unremunerated trainees.
The European Commission is looking at whether these rules need to be improved and if so, in what
This exercise started in 2011 with an assessment of how these rules are implemented (Directive
2005/71/EC) and how they fulfil their potential.
The European Commission is now launching
a public consultation on the revision of Students and Researchers Directives open
to individuals/organisations all over the world. The corresponding
on-line questionnaire is accessible via this
results of the consultation – which will be
open for 12 weeks - will feed into the Impact Assessment on the revision of the two
deadline to respond is
23 August, however, given the tight time-table for the revision process any responses
received within 6-8 weeks from now would be particularly appreciated.