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Administrative burden to be reduced for foreign students and researchers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe administrative burden will be reduced for foreign students and researchers, as well as all education and research institutions hosting them. This is provided by the amendments to the Immigration Law approved by the Saeima in the third reading on Thursday, 21 June.

Amendments clarify researchers’ and students’ rights for employment. Researchers will be provided with unlimited access to the labour market, thereby creating more beneficial conditions for highly-qualified foreign violence. Students, on the other hand, will still have a 20-hour limit on the amount of time they are allowed to work per week. This restriction will not apply to summer free time, when they will be allowed to work 40 hours a week.

Until now, students and researchers that arrive in Latvia as part of a mobility programme were provided with access to labour market, research work or academic activities for 20 hours a week.

It has been decided to expand the range of foreigners that do not require permission to work in Latvia, including students and temporary workers that undergo work experience for no more than two years after receiving higher education. This condition was introduced because foreigners of certain categories do not take jobs away from Latvians, as mentioned in the draft’s annotation.

The Saeima also notes that law amendments also detail voluntary work and participation in student exchange programmes as reasons for visa provision. Amendments also extend the term students and researchers are allowed to stay in the country after completing studies and research work to find jobs or start a business. The term has been extended to nine months instead of six.

Amendments also provide the option for terminating residence permits if recipients fail to comply with specific requirements. Termination will be applied if the student works for more than allowed by law or if they fail to achieve progress in studies or in other cases when foreigners do not comply with requirements.

Amendments to the law also drop visa requirements for people who travel to Latvia with valid travel documents or European Council-issued laissez-passer, which is issued in 47 European Council member states.


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