Changes to third-coun­try stu­dent res­i­dence in Es­to­nia to add more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to univer­sity staff

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The Es­to­nian gov­ern­ment has backed planned amend­ments are to the Aliens Law im­ple­ment­ing an EU di­rec­tive into Es­to­nian law, which change how third-coun­try na­tion­als on en­ter and re­side in Es­to­nia if they are study or per­form­ing re­search work.

Es­to­nian public broad­caster ERR re­ports that ac­cord­ing to the new di­rec­tive, re­searchers and univer­sity stu­dents will be al­lowed to move be­tween EU mem­ber states with­out hav­ing seek res­i­dency in their new host coun­try.

An ad­di­tional change ex­pected to en­ter into force on May 23, 2018, will give for­eign re­searchers, stu­dents and teach­ing staff the chance to stay in Es­to­nia for up to 270 days after the ex­pi­ra­tion date of their res­i­dence per­mit to work or start a busi­ness, which is an in­crease from the cur­rent per­mit­ted pe­riod of 183 days.

The di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Tartu’s Study Abroad Cen­tre, Ülle Tens­ing, com­mented to the ERR that these changes will broaden stu­dents’ op­por­tu­ni­ties, but they would also mean ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for Es­to­nian uni­ver­si­ties, as the schools will be re­spon­si­ble for ver­i­fy­ing that the res­i­dency per­mits of for­eign stu­dents is­sued by other EU mem­ber states com­ply with the es­tab­lished cri­te­ria.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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