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Work permits for foreign scientists: EU directive not digested by all

The transposition of the EU science visa, an EU directive passed in 2005 aimed at aiding non-European scientists in obtaining European work permits, continues to roll along with some bumps among European member states. Germany has recently become the fourth and largest country to adopt the directive after Austria, Slovenia, and Slovakia. The Minister for Education and Research, publicly supports the directive as a means to attract more foreign scientists. The EU directive ultimately needs to be translated into the national law of EU member states by October of this year. Greece and France are apparently well on their way to adoption but Great Britain, who has opted out of EU cooperation on justice and home affaires (including immigration policy), has already stated that it will not implement it.While this directive received strong support in 2004 by the Justice and Home Affaires directorate of the Commission, it was hoped that it would stretch farther to support researchers’ families. German presidency news
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Information on the Science Visa