Working In Europe Is Not As Simple As 1, 2, 3

Work and travel Relocating Guest blog

Today´s post comes from guest blogger, JT Nendza. Nendza has to postpone his reasons for making a big move to Europe for personal reason but luckily for you, he had done his research before then.


You have a dream to live and work in a European Country, now what?

A Work Permit can be obtained but it takes time, patience, along with the willingness to do your research. Research and Rules are the first steps in your hopes of working in Europe. 

Remember you cannot legally look for work in Europe when traveling on your Visa. Here is the catch in the process, you cannot personally apply for a Work Permit. A Work Permit must be applied for by the Employer. Any Employer applying for a Work Permit must first prove that they cannot first fill the position with an EU Citizen.


5 things that can aid you in getting your Work Permit:

    1. Specialized Skills 
    2. Experience As An Instructor
    3. Additional Language Skills
    4. Grandparents Born in the EU (Apply for Dual Citizenship)
    5. Open Your Own Business/Freelance

In any of these areas, you can improve your chances by increasing your skills, getting certifications in your field of interest, research your heritage or be an entrepreneur. To learn that new language or improve your second language skills there are many courses out there but I would recommend, DUOLINGO.COM it is a free online language learning website. It offers you the opportunity to choose from 68 different languages in an easy and fun way.

Another option for working in Europe but I do not recommend it, is “Working Black,” this is working without the necessary paperwork. This allows the employer to save on tax money and paperwork but puts you at risk of large fines along with being banned from the country you are working in and your passport will be stamped with a “Black Mark.”

Passport, working in Europe

Photo:  Baigal Byamba (Flickr)

Remember rules and regulations are often changing and you should be sure to acquire all the necessary documents at your home consulate along with checking the regulations of the country you intend to work in. 

The following are links to some of the government site that might interest you:












As I close this I recommend that in your search for Employment in Europe that there are too many job sites to list so in your search type “Working in Europe Jobs” and go from there.

Keep in mind that if you are successful in your quest for employment, if you change jobs you are back to Step One and must start the process all over again.

Good Luck In Your Search…


Check out more of Joe´s work on his website here

May 18, 2017 by Matt

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This is not the case in every country of EU.

posted 8 months ago by Ronald

thank you for this helpful information

posted 7 months ago by Mahmoud

If you want to successfully compete with local candidates for a job in Europe, you need to prove that your skills exceed those of your competitors, what is extremely difficult.

posted 7 months ago by Alina

Its easier if you have dual citizenship already

posted 7 months ago by Marcin

It's been very hard to find companies willing to sponsor the work permit.

posted 7 months ago by Ricardo

Thanks for this!

posted 7 months ago by Anna

Thank you for sharing this great info.

posted 7 months ago by Bogar

You can try if you have an special skill, apply for a entrepreneur visa

posted 7 months ago by Leonardo

Isn't the case of every every EU contry.

posted 7 months ago by Gabriel

In Europe knowing more than one language is quite essential. In my last job as an administrative assistant, knowing two languages was a minimum requirement. And I used three at work and the fourt language at home.
And if you only know one, this is where specialized skills come really handy.
Or investing big bugs, think that works well in many places :))

posted 7 months ago by Heli


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