Non-European citizens coming to the European Union for studying, volunteering, doing an internship, and researching face time-consuming and costly procedures to obtain visas and residence permits.
Over the past months EEE-YFU and its partners have been lobbying for an improved version of the Visa Directive. Following the conservative position released by the European Union Council, the main advocacy goal at this stage is to keep volunteers and secondary school students in the Directive. Advocacy will continue at the European level and at the national level, in particular towards the most reticent governments.
EEE-YFU and EFIL prepared a fact-sheet that shows which are the concrete administrative obstacles, country by country.
Currently, legislations and practices vary significantly from one country to the other. An improved EU Visa Directive will require all EU countries to meet minimum requirements and will make it easier for young people to travel and study to Europe. The European Union as a whole would benefit from an improved common framework, since it would become a more attractive destination for education and training purposes.
The message that we want to send to the most reticent governments is: “If you are proud of your national legislation on mobility, support other Member States to adopt equally favourable legal provisions“.