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New European Commission proposal on attracting non-EU national students and researchers to EU

Date Published: 26-03-2013

A new proposal by the European Commission is intended to make it easier and more attractive for non-EU national students, researchers and other groups to enter and stay in the EU for periods exceeding three months. New legislation will set clearer time limits for national authorities to decide on applications, provide for more opportunities to access the labour market during the migrant’s stay and facilitate intra-EU mobility.

The recent European Migration Network (EMN) study on Immigration of International Students to the EU provides an overview and statistical information on the immigration and mobility policies of Member States and of their national strategies to promote Europe as an attractive destination for international students.

Ireland currently participates in Council Directive 2005/71/EC on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research. Ireland has not exercised its opt in to Directive 2004/114/EC on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service.

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