The regulations are not unanymous in all EU countries. There is no
connection, however, between gaining a working-permit and the length
of the visa. Usually, in fact, unless one gained their permanent visa
through marriage, he would first gain a a limited permit.
A US-citizen could gain a work-permit in many cases. In fact, in some
countries, like Germany, US-citizens would find it easier to change
their status (and receive a work-permit) as their brethern from, say,
The chances of a US citizen to get a work-permit are pretty high,
especially if this person:
- Has a profession that is highly requested (e.g., engineers);
- Could teach English as an EFL teacher (well known as the easiest way
to get a work-permit; as a native-speaker, it should be easy);
- Has an option to receive an artist's visa
Places where you can find more information:
First and foremost, your country's immigration/work-permit
regulations. If you have difficulty in locating them, just post
another question, and one of us would find it in no time.
Career Journal - Expat (Wall Street Journal)
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Request for Answer Clarification by
13 Feb 2005 00:05 PST
Thank you for the and informative answer. However, I believe that I
should clarify a bit what I am asking. I understand that the laws
regarding residency permits are not harmonized throughout all member
states, but has EU has determined a UNION-WIDE threshold (whether in
place yet or not) establishing when a resident-alien (that's, someone
who's is NOT A CITIZEN of any EU members state but DOES HAVE LEGAL
RESIDENCY status) is afforded the same rights (specifically the right
to live and/or work in any other member state) as a Citizen. Is this
a bit more clear?
To make this easier (i hope), I will use a specific example... Let's
say that i move to France and obtain work. My employer helps to get
work & residency visas.
After five years of renewing an annual residency permit, I apply for
and receive residency card that is valid for 10 years. Will this 10
year residency permit allow me to move to Sweden (for example) and
take up legal residence & employement? Or is it that since I am an
alien (non-citizen) to each EU member state, I must apply for and
receive legal means for each individual member state that I wish to
reside and/or work?
This is one of the first times that I have posted here, and I am not
totally comfortable with the proper protocols, so... If I am asking
too much here requesting a clarification, let me know and I will be
more than happy to ask another new question. I really don't want to
take advantage of any google researchers, b/c I have really learned a
lot from all your excellent answers & comments!
Clarification of Answer by
13 Feb 2005 03:54 PST
I'll answer briefly, since this is a rather complex issue, well beyond
the scope of this question. However, you are wrong to assume that
policies regarding the employment of non-citizens are unified, and
given the Eurocracy, it will take time: Denmark, for example, has a
very restrictive policy, totally different from the much more lax
Spanish, German or French ones.
Specifically regarding your question, you'll have to regain a
work-permit and (and permanent or limited residency) if you choose to
move between EU countries. However, as you noted yourself, policies
change, and might not be so in the future.