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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.
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:
How to get a European Work Visa
Where to apply This can be done at the respective countries:
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: