Individuals who wish to carry out research in an EU country for more than 3 months and who have a signed hosting agreement with an authorised research organisation.
What conditions must I fulfil to enter an EU country as a researcher?
First, you must sign a so called hosting agreement with an authorised research organisation, such as a university or a company. This hosting agreement establishes that a valid research project exists and sets out your working conditions. You must also demonstrate that you have:
- The required scientific qualifications;
- Sufficient financial resources;
- Health insurance.
What is an authorised research organisation?
An authorised research organisation is one which has been approved by the national authorities to host researchers who are non-EU citizens, such as universities, research institutes, private companies, etc.
I have met these conditions. What do I do next?
You apply for a residence permit to the competent national authorities. The immigration services of the host EU country will issue the permit as soon as possible.
What documents must I present when I file my application?
You must present the following documents:
- A hosting agreement;
- A valid passport or other travel document.
Depending on the rules in the EU country where you plan to do your research, you may also be required to send in a written promise from the research organisation that it will reimburse any costs to the State if you overstay your residence permit.
For how long is my residence permit valid?
Your residence permit will be valid for at least one year and is renewable for as long you continue to meet the necessary conditions.
If the research project lasts less than one year, your residence permit will cover the duration of the project.
In what circumstances could I have my application refused or my residence permit withdrawn?
Your permit can be refused or withdrawn if:
- You do not, or no longer, meet the conditions outlined above.
- Your application was based on false information or documents.
- You represent a threat to public policy, public security or public health.
If anything like this happens, the national authorities will inform you of their decision.
May I argue against a decision to refuse or withdraw my residence permit?
Yes, you will have the right to legally challenge any decision with the relevant national authorities.
Do I need a visa?
You may need a visa. This depends on your nationality and on the rules in the EU country where you plan to do your research. For information on the visa requirements that apply to you, select the country of your destination on this map.
Am I allowed to teach?
It depends on the rules in the country you plan to visit. In some EU countries you will be allowed to teach for a certain number of hours or days per week. In other countries, you will not be allowed to teach.
Can I bring my family with me?
In some countries, you will be allowed to bring your family with you, generally for the duration of your stay. For details on the rules in a particular EU country, select the country on this map.
Will I get similar treatment as citizens of the host EU country?
You will benefit from similar treatment with citizens of the host EU country as regards:
- working conditions, including rates of pay and terms of dismissal;
- recognition of diplomas and qualifications;
- tax benefits;
- certain branches of social security; and
- access to and supply of public goods and services (e.g. transport, museums, restaurants, etc.).
Can I carry out part of my research in another EU country?
Yes. Your residence permit will allow you to carry out part of your research project in another EU country, as long as you meet the relevant conditions. If you go to the other EU country for less than three months, you can do so on the basis of your hosting agreement. If you go for longer than three months, you may need a new hosting agreement in the other EU country.