Consultation on the future rules on the entry and residence of non-EU national researchers, students, school pupils, unremunerated trainees and volunteers in the EU Migration policy, including procedures on visas and residence permits, plays an important role in 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. With these goals in mind, the EU has been developing a common migration policy. 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. Since 2011 the European Commission has been looking at whether these rules need to be improved and if so, in what way.
The European Commission has now launched a public consultation on the revision of Students and Researchers Directives open to individuals and organisations all over the world.
The consultation is available here and will be open until 23 August 2012.