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Europe Employment Visa information

Each of the Schengen member countries has its own visa policies, which policies differ from one country to the other. The employment visa programs in the European countries have been established to cover the labour needs of the respective countries and fill job shortages. Therefore, employment visa criteria and requirements, as well as the application process, depend a lot on the labour needs of each country.

Who all can work in Europe?

Anyone who meets the criteria and requirements set by the European countries can work in Europe. These countries have their own programs, through which foreign professionals can apply for jobs available.

How can I get a Schengen work visa to Europe?

You can work in the Schengen Area if you hold a National (D) Visa for employment purposes issued by one of the 26 European countries part of the Schengen Zone. The work visas of each European country differ from each other. You will have to choose any one country and apply for that countries work permit.

Who needs a visa to work in Europe?

Citizens of all countries except citizens of USA, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, as well as EU citizens do not need to apply for a work visa to Europe. However, upon arriving at any specific country, they need to apply for residence and work permit. As mentioned other country nationals must apply and get an employment visa before entering the Schengen territories for work purposes.

What are the requirements for a European Work Visa?

The standard requirements for a European employment visa are as following:

  • Application Form
  • Two photos. These photos should be taken within the last three months, as per the Schengen visa requirements.
  • Valid passport. Your passport should be valid for at least three more months, on the date you plan to exit the Schengen territory.
  • Employment contract. An employment contract signed between you and your future employer from the Schengen territory.
  • Flight reservation (Roundtrip)
  • Proof of Accommodation - Any document like rental agreement
  • Travel medical insurance. Insurance should be valid in all Schengen countries and should be upto 30,000 euros.
  • Education Documents – Certificates, transcripts etc.
  • Proof of language knowledge. Most countries want you to fit in even if you are planning to work there only per one year. That is why many of them will ask you to meet a specific level of knowledge of their official language.

How to get a European Work Visa

  • Check the work opportunities.
  • Check out and evaluate your eligibility.
  • Get the work permit letter (Job Offer) from the respective country
  • Collect the required documents,
  • Schedule a visa interview.
  • Attend the interview.
  • Wait for you visa to be processed! The exact process may differ from one country to the other.

Where to apply This can be done at the respective countries:

  • Embassy
  • Consulate
  • Or A visa application center

How long is a work visa valid and can it be extended Mostly 1 year. Extensions of work permit are optional if you want to extend. Most countries support work permit extension. There is an application process and some required documents, which you will have to collect and submit at the competent authorities in your European country of residence, prior to your visa / residence permit expiration.

Once the minimum work permit stay at any specific country is met, you will be eligible to apply for the Permanent Residency (PR). However you should be able to provide all documents for this process. We at AGACS would help you get a PR for any country in Europe.

List of Countries you can travel on a Schengen Visa:

Austria Hungary Norway
Belgium Iceland Poland
Czech Republic Italy Portugal
Denmark Latvia Slovakia
Estonia Liechtenstein Slovenia
Finland Lithuania Spain
France Luxembourg Sweden
Germany Malta Switzerland
Greece Netherlands

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