To better attract researchers and students, twelve EU nations have come together to simplify and standardize their immigration requirements for researchers, students, and trainees. This is designed to make it easier for researchers to move within the EU while providing EU schools and companies better access to this important portion of the labour market. The European Commission had encouraged EU countries to put this Directive into effect as of July 2018.

The EU Students and Researchers Directive was implemented by Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. The countries of Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom decided not to adopt the Directive.

The advantages to the Directive include standardising the eligibility criteria for researchers and providing recommendations for the benefits that should apply to researchers under the program. That includes the ability to sponsor dependents, teach, search for a job, and move within the EU. For example, under the Directive, research permit holders will be able to work in different EU countries for up to 180 days within a 360-day period. That can help researchers accept guest teaching assignments, participate in workshops, and/or work part time as industry consultants in other participating EU countries without needing to apply for additional work permits.

The countries of France and Portugal have adopted legislation to comply with the Directive but their legislation is not yet in effect. The Directive has not yet implemented by the countries of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Sweden.

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