Finding A Job In The EU If You Are From Outside The EU

Citizens of EU member states enjoy a lot of advantages that such a union provides, which makes it easy for them to travel, study, work or even move to any other member state. Moreover, a lot of young people use this opportunity to study abroad, in some countries even for free, or simply gain experience that might come in handy later on in life.

However, for citizens that come from non-EU countries, different rules apply. The most important requirement is a work visa to search for a job and work within the European Union. Another option would be to obtain the EU Blue Card. As y-axis.com describes it, “This is a work permit valid in 25 EU member states. This is a work permit that allows highly qualified non-EU citizens to work here. The Blue Card was introduced to stimulate the economic development of Europe and encourage qualified professionals from other parts of the world to work in Europe and give them the freedom to move within the European Union.”

According to the same source, the top jobs in Europe today are in the engineering and healthcare sectors. Therefore, people with a STEM background and qualified doctors and nurses have better chances of finding a job.

What may come as a disadvantage non-EU citizens looking for a job face is the fact that their applications are taken into consideration only if the European employer cannot find anyone within the EU. On the other hand, it’s easy to research online skill shortages for each member state nowadays. There are certain professions that are always in high demand.

Non-EU citizens may also apply for National D Schengen Visa. As seen on Schengenvisainfo.com, “The national visa of “D” category is granted to the certain individuals who are to be studying, working or permanently residing in one of the Schengen countries.” It could be a single-entry or a multi-entry visa, depending on the purpose of travelling, and it’s issued for a period of one year, with the possibility of extending it.

For anyone looking only for a European Work Visa, the requirements are the following:

  • Application form;
  • Two identical photos;
  • Valid passport;
  • Roundtrip flight ticket;
  • Travel medical insurance;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Employment contract;
  • Proof of academic qualifications; and
  • Proof of language knowledge.

However, these are only the basic requirements. Each member state may have additional requirements, and it’s advised to check for each country specifically.

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Milica Sekulic

Milica Sekulic

In my career, I have tried many things, but writing has always been something I primarily aspired for. Both my BA and MA were in English language and literature, so I’m also passionate about reading and teaching.

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