Admitting third-country nationals for business purposes: EMN Synthesis Report

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This study takes stock of the trend of offering specific programmes to attract and admit non-EU investors and/or business persons and to compare the ways, and extent to which, EU Member States’ existing legal and policy measures are used to facilitate and attract the entry and stay of third-country nationals for business purposes whilst safeguarding against misuse. The Study also includes a review of the admission of other third-country nationals who travel to the EU for business reasons under the EU Free Trade Agreements.

Contributions to this study were received from 24 Member States[1] to map the conditions for entry and stay of immigrant investors, immigrant business owners and other business persons and to explore the specific legal migration channels by which Member States facilitate the admission and retention of these categories of immigrants. The Study identifies similarities, differences and good practices with regard to the implementation of specific programmes for non-EU investors and/or business owners willing to come to an EU Member State for business reasons. Finally it identifies and presents examples of challenges and lessons learnt in relation to admission for business purposes, based on Member States’ experiences.

See also:

[1] Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Author(s):European Migration Network
Publisher:Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Publication Date:05 May 2015
Geographic Focus:Europe
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