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Making the EU more attractive for foreign students and researchers

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The DG Education and Culture is working on a proposal to attract talented non-EU students and researchers who can contribute to our growth and competitiveness with their knowledge and skills. On March 25 the Commission proposed 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. Experience with the implementation of current legislation has shown that Member States were not able to fully address the difficulties that applicants face when wanting to come to the EU to study or conduct research. The Commission is now proposing to set clearer, more consistent and transparent rules across the EU. The two current Directives on Students and Researchers will be modified and replaced by a single new Directive, which will improve procedural guarantees, intra-EU mobility and transfer of skills and knowledge, access to the labour market and the overall protection of additional groups of non-EU nationals, such as au pairs, school pupils and remunerated trainees, who are not covered by the existing EU legislation.

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