ESN Research Study on Visas and Residence Permits
The study is the result of a survey conducted by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) in the context of the revision of the European Union’s Directive regulating the entry and residence of third country nationals.
The study gives some valuable insight into the current situation of young people that want to travel and live abroad and finds that obtaining both visas and residence permits is very often costly and time-consuming. According to it, visa requirements should be waived entirely, in particular for young people, students and volunteers.
Acknowledging that this is not always politically feasible and building upon the results of the analysis, the study recommends the following measures:
1. The costs of visas and residence permits for young people, students and volunteers should be waived or set to a minimal level.
2. The required documents and timeframe should be clearly communicated and additional requirements should not be set during the process.
3. The process of obtaining visas and residence permits should be simplified.
4. The process of applying for visas and residence permits should be shortened to not longer than two weeks.