Third country researchers' visa (Extract from: Preparation of Competitiveness Council, 17-18 May)

May 17, 2004

Brussels, 14 May 2004

The Council will hold an exchange of views on a Directive and two Recommendations (COM(2004)178 final, 16.03.04) proposed by the Commission to help third country researchers come to, work in and move through the EU. Ministers will elaborate on key issues, such as the proposed central role and responsibilities of the host organisation welcoming third country researchers, the general approach proposed to facilitate the entry of third country researchers and their families into the EU and on their mobility within the EU.

The proposed Directive provides for a fast track procedure for the admission of researchers. Immigration authorities of the host country will deliver the stay permit allowing them free movement within all EU Member States for the purpose of the scientific project. Third country researchers, who are already legal residents in a Member State, will also be able to submit applications for such stay permits directly to the authorities in that Member State without returning home first.

The Directive is complemented by two Recommendations. The First Recommendation will accelerate the procedures to obtain work permits for researchers and ease the procedure for the stay permit. It also covers family reunification and the co-operation between Member States and the Commission. The Second Recommendation deals with the rapid delivery of short-term visas to participate in conferences and seminars.

DN: MEMO/04/114 Date: 14/05/2004

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