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The Advisory Board for Research Migration

The Advisory Board for Research Migration, with nine voluntarily active members drawn from Academia, business and politics, supports the Federal Office in its task of recognising research institutes that are permitted to enter into hosting agreements.

In Germany, researchers from non-EU states are helped to gain residence with a simplified procedure. Based on the EU Researcher Directive, research institutes have the possibility of receiving recognition from the Federal Office that entitles them to sign host agreements with researchers. The Federal Office is supported in this task by the Advisory Board for Research Migration with nine voluntarily active members drawn from Academia, business and politics.

The President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees appoints the chairman and eight further members, one being proposed by each of the following bodies:

  • the Federal Ministry of Education and Research,
  • the Bundesrat (upper house of the German parliament),
  • the Conference of University Rectors,
  • the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., (the German research council),
  • the Federal Foreign Office,
  • the Federal Association of German Industry and the Federal Union of German Employers’ Associations,
  • the German Federation of Trade Unions, and
  • the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The chairman is Professor Grüske, Vice Chancellor (retired) of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

The responsibilities of this Advisory Board are:

  • submitting recommendations for general guidelines on the recognition of research institutes,
  • giving general advice to the Federal Office and advising on research issues during the review of individual applications,
  • establishing whether the need for foreign researchers is suitably covered by applying the procedure set out in section 20 of the Residence Act,
  • drawing attention to any erroneous developments in the recognition process,
  • describing instances of the procedure being abused and any obstacles of an administrative nature or relevant to migration when recruiting foreign researchers.

Annual reports

The Advisory Board reports to the President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees at least once per calendar year on the performance of its tasks.

The following annual reports are available for downloading:

  • The first annual report (comprising the period of the constitutional session from 23 October 2007 to 30 November 2008),
  • The second annual report (from 1 December 2008 to 30 November 2009),
  • The third annual report (from 1 December 2009 to 30 November 2010),
  • The fourth annual report (from 1 December 2010 to 30. November 2011),
  • The fifth annual report (from 1 December 2011 to 31 December 2012),
  • The sixth annual report (2013),
  • The seventh annual report (2014),
  • The eighth annual report (2015).

The reports include notes on the procedures to authorise admission of researchers from third countries, the Advisory Board's tasks and details about the persons that sit on the board. At the core of the reports is a representation of the key areas on which the Advisory Board has focused in the reporting period and on which it was actively consulted.

An office was set up in the Federal Office to support the work of the Advisory Board for Research Migration.

Legal basis for the establishment of the Advisory Board

  • section 75, no. 10 of the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz)
  • section 38d of the Residence Ordinance (Aufenthaltsverordnung)
Date 8 November 2016

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