Sweden seeks to allow foreign postgraduates to stay on for work.
Some legislators in Sweden want to adopt a proposal by 1 June that would allow foreign doctoral students to remain in the country temporarily to work or to launch a company after earning their degree. Furthermore, PhD students who have studied in Sweden for at least four of the past seven years would qualify for permanent residence. Sweden's parliament has yet to vote on the legislation. Meanwhile, the European Commission and other European Union (EU) legislative bodies are considering a proposal that would allow doctoral students and researchers in non-native countries to stay in EU member states after completing their degree or research contract. Legislative action could come this autumn.