ESU’s response to the public consultation on the Amendment of the Visa Code Regulation
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ESU welcomes the open consultation on the Amendment on Visa Code Regulation, and hereby calls on the European Commission to consider the following suggestions:
- Firstly, all groups of students should be informed of the decision on their application as soon as possible, within maximum 30 days.
- Secondly, equal conditions and accessibility for requesting a visa must be ensured worldwide.
- Thirdly, the raising of the age limit in regard to visa fee waivers
With a special regard to long-term visas:
- Firstly, visa and resident permits must be granted for the entire duration of the study programme.
- Secondly, students from third countries must be granted the right to work and study in the hosting country on the same level as domestic students.
- Thirdly, a solution must be found for those students, whose visa wasn’t approved before the beginning of the study programme.