The EU measures on legal migration cover the conditions of entry and residence for certain categories of immigrants, such as highly skilled workers subject to the EU Blue Card Directive students and researchers, seasonal workers and intracorporate transferees. Not only does the EU benefit from the presence of migrants but so do their countries of origin. Many migrants send home remittances during their stay, some even invest in their countries of origin while residing legally in the EU. Many migrants eventually return to their home countries and contribute to the local economies with newly acquired knowledge, skills and human capital.

Labour migration: Creating legal channels for labour migrants is an indispensable part of the EU's comprehensive approach to migration and goes hand in hand with the fight against irregular flows.

Students and researchers: Directive (EU) 2016/801 regulates the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing

Family reunification: Directive 2003/86/EC establishes common rules for exercising the right to family reunification and determines the conditions under which family reunification is granted, establishing guarantees and rights for the family members concerned.

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  • WHERE DO I FIT INTO? Here you can discover whether you fall into any of the categories of people covered by the EU Directives.
  • EU IMMIGRATION PORTAL : here you can find practical information about coming to work or study in the EU for more than 90 days and on how to join your family in the EU.