Bill 7188 was adopted by a large majority of deputies.
It seeks to transpose into national law a European directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, volunteering and pupil exchange programs, educational and au pair projects.
One of the major novelties: students and researchers will be able to stay in Luxembourg nine months after completing their studies or research activities in order to find a job or start a business.
To this end, a new category of residence permit is created in order to allow these young graduates to continue to stay on the territory.
Students and researchers will 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. 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.