On 8 of May 2018 the Council of Ministers definitively approved a package of rules that aims to speed up and simplify entry and stay for those who want to do research or study in our country.

The Decree incorporates the directive (EU) 2016/801 on the conditions for the entry and stay of third-country nationals for the purpose of research, study, training, voluntary work, exchange programs for pupils or educational projects and au pair placement.

The main objectives of the decree are the following:

  • establishing the conditions to entry and to stay, for a period of more than 90 days, of third-country nationals, and their family members, who go to the EU for the reasons provided for in the title of the directive;
  • opening the Union to third-country nationals for research purposes, so that it becomes an attraction for research and innovation;
  • promoting mobility within the Union (including that between one Member State and another) of family members of third-country nationals who carry out research activities in the Union;
  • equating doctoral candidates with researchers;
  • extending the provisions of the directive to pupils, volunteers outside the European voluntary service and to au pairs, in order to facilitate their entry and stay and to guarantee their rights;
  • providing for an approval procedure for public or private research institutes, for higher education institutions and for all other categories of host organizations wishing to host researchers, trainees or volunteers from third countries;
  • reducing the administrative burden related to the mobility of researchers and students in several Member States by providing a specific mobility program with autonomous rules on entry and stay for research or study reasons in Member States other than that which issued the initial authorization;
  • facilitating access to the labour market of the Member State in which the student conducts the studies in order to partially cover the cost of the studies;
  • to guarantee to recipients a minimum set of rights, including access to goods and services;
  • making appropriate information available to the public, on approved host organizations and on the conditions and procedures for admitting third-country nationals to the territory of the Member States for the purposes of the directive.