Types of work visas for Europe and travel visas
It is important to understand that the EU is a political and economic union made up of 28 European countries. Each state has its own rules and regulations on issuing visas and/or work permits. For example, in some countries, you must have a job offer before applying for a work visa. However, some basic work permits and visa options may be applied for third-country citizens to have the right to travel and work within the EU.
1. The Schengen visa
The Schengen visa is a type of visa in Europe. The Schengen area covers 26 of the 28 EU countries – the UK and Ireland will not participate. So you can not travel to two countries on a Schengen visa. In the Schengen visa, you can travel freely to and from the Schengen States without working. You must always apply for a national visa or a Schengen type D visa to work or study in a European country for a long time. It is recommended to find specific information for each country and its policies.
Validity: maximum of 90 days
Face value: 99 €.
Plan the application: 2 months before your trip in the Schengen area.
Where to apply: at a consulate, embassy or visa processing center in your country of residence.
Mandatory: The basic documents you need are a valid passport, a travel health insurance and two images of the Schengen visa. You must also fill out a form that you can see online here.
Useful information: With this type of visa, you can travel freely between the countries of the Schengen area.
2. The European Blue Card
The European Blue Card is a type of work visa in Europe that allows you to work and travel in 25 of the 28 EU countries. Countries that do not issue and do not accept this type of work permit are the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark.
Validity: from 1 to 4 years, it can extend.
Cost: 140 €.
Plan the application: 4 to 6 months before your trip to the EU country where you want to work.
Where to apply: at a consulate or embassy in your country of residence.
Requirements: The main requirement is to have a university degree or at least five years of professional experience and a contract of employment covering at least 150% of the minimum wage of the country and can not last less than one year.
Useful information: You can apply for a new credit card for another EU country after 18 months. You can change employers or work after 2 years. You can include family members in your application. If you lose your job, you have 3 months to look for another job. You can travel between countries with the Blue Card in a period of 6 months for a total of 90 days.
3. Working Holiday Visa in Europe
There is always a chance to visit a European country and work along the way. However, renting a working holiday visa can be difficult and depends on your country’s specific agreement with the European countries involved. This can be very different – the citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand ( and often from South Korea and Japan), for example, can obtain a work permit of one to two years in most Schengen countries. Discover your short term job opportunities in Europe. The programs and organizations listed on this page can help you obtain a temporary or experienced work permit.
Are you thinking about moving to Europe?
Here are some interesting ideas for work in the following cities: Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Budapest, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Manchester.
If you are planning to immigrate to the EU, to travel or to spend a holiday at work, be aware that each country has its own specifications, requirements, and procedures for residence and work permits. It is therefore advisable to first choose the country in which you wish to travel, live and work, and then search for relevant information.