Working in Another Country; Getting Permission to Work

March 30, 2012 | By | Reply More

This post is for EU citizens planning to move to another EU state.


When deciding to move to work in another country there are formalities to consider


Perhaps you have decided that you want to move to another country for whatever reason – but you need to work – so the first thing you need to do is to check what rights you have to work in that country.

EU citizens can usually work in all other EU countries. However that does not mean that the transition will be hassle free.

Although the EU website may say it is only a simple matter of registering in the country where you have settled (to get into the tax and social security systems in that country), often actual experience shows it is far more time and energy demanding than you would expect.

Expect numerous visits to;

- The Immigration authorities

- The local Town hall

Be prepared to provide proof of;

- Work contracts (translated if the contract is from a company in another country)

- Other forms of income

- Private Medical Insurance

- A letter of support from a partner or a spouse

- Your address; ie a copy of a rental contract/ solicitor’s proof of purchase/ recent utility bills

- Fiscal numbers

- Bank statements (to prove your income is what you say it is)

Usually the point of all this is to prove that you can support yourself and that you will not be a burden on that country’s social security system.

Often you may initially be given a 1 year residency permit allowing you to work for 1 year only. This can cause a real problem for finding permanent work, although if you are an EU citizen in an EU country, you should be able to argue that you will be entitled to stay once the year is up.

Once you have a permanent job you should head back to the authorities to see if they will immediately extend your residency permit.

Usually after several years of working legally in another country you can apply to become a citizen, although there may be other requirements to fulfill such as speaking the language to a certain level, knowing about that country’s history and culture, and agreeing to that country’s values and ethics.

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