Bill 7188 aims to provide a legal framework in Luxembourg for a European directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals
Graduates and researchers from outside of the EU will be able to remain in the country up to nine months after their course or projects have finished, under a proposed new law.
Bill 7188 aims to provide a legal framework in Luxembourg for a European directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals.
Under the proposal, people coming to Luxembourg for research and studies could legally remain in the country for up to nine months after the end of their work or studies in order to find a job or start a business.
Luxembourg will create a new residence permit category for people in such a position. Graduates and researchers would have freedom of movement between EU member states during this period. Those spending time in another member state for multilateral programmes, such as Erasmus, would not need a residence permit. And researchers would be able to spend longer periods in another member state, up to 180 days out of 360.
The directive on which the law is based also pushes the number of hours a student could work during their studies up to 15 hours per week.
Luxembourg currently counts more than five universities or higher education bodies, the biggest of which is the University of Luxembourg. During its last academic year it welcomed some 1,265 bachelor and master students, 248 PhD candidates and 104 vocational and professional training students, all from outside of the EU.