Europe is one of the most attractive places for international students, not only for its cultural heritage but also for the quality of its education system.
But, what happens when an international student graduates? Can they stay and work in the EU? And what are the requirements they need to meet?
European Commission has a web page (The Blue Card) that provides all the necessary information on this. On this web page, you can select the desired country and find specific information for each of them.
In general, as they define it, “The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for non-European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) nationals.” Once granted, this card gives its holders equal working and salary conditions as EU nationals, free movement within the Schengen area, entitlement to a series of socio-economic rights, favourable conditions for family reunification, and eventually permanent residence prospects.
The Blue Card will allow you to stay for up to 12 months after graduation to search for a job.
However, some restrictions and conditions apply, such as you should have higher professional qualifications and/or professional experience, an employment contract or binding employment offer, and a high salary compared to the average in the respective EU country.
Some of the most popular countries in Europe to find a job as a graduate are: Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavian countries.
In most countries, you will be allowed to stay between 12 to 24 months to look for a job. But, there are also countries like Estonia, where you get a five-year residence permit immediately after graduation.