The EU faces a need of highly skilled people and, has thus to become an even more attractive location in the global competition for talent.
The Students and researchers Directive adopted on 11 May 2016 repeals the previous directive on students and the directive on researchers and remedies their identified weaknesses mainly in relation to admission conditions, rights, procedural safeguards, job-seeking possibilities for students and researchers, as well as intra-EU mobility. It ensures increased transparency and legal certainty by offering a single and coherent legal framework for the different categories of non-EU nationals that it covers.
Students and researchers Directive sets the conditions of admission and rights of non-EU nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training and voluntary service (under the European Voluntary Service/the European Solidarity Corps), as well as optional rules for school pupils and au pairs.
More information on the key provisions of the directive in the Summary of EU legislation –Students and researchers Directive.
Students and researchers Directive (2016/801/EU) is adopted.
Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing and impact assessment.
Report from the Commission on the application of Directive (2004/114/EC) on the conditions of admissions of third-country nationals for the purpose of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service.
Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the application of Directive (2005/71/EC) on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research.
The Researchers Directive (2005/71/EC) is adopted.
The Students Directive (2004/114/EC) is adopted.