Work permits in the European Union

To get a work permit in Germany, the applicant must provide certain meet requirements. For EU citizens are no restrictions. Thus, EU citizens can live and also work in every country of the European Union. In Germany you must still apply for a formal residence permit.

Among the EU countries:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Britain, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Cyprus.

However there are also some special cases. Anyway, not only EU citizens have the above mentioned advantages, but also citizens of other European countries that have a special agreement with the European Union. These countries include Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Its citizens have due
the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA), the same rights as EU citizens. For Switzerland, there will be eased conditions by the so-called guest worker agreements.
Entrepreneurs, heads of their own company, may not work as employees, but still perform work in Germany. But they need proof, that they can finance themselves. If so, they obtain a residence permit and are consequently allowed to work in Germany.

For Non-European-Union-citizens are different rules applying.

It will only be issued a work permit if non-EU citizen merely has a residence permit. In this case, the foreign affairs office usually starts to communicate with the relevant employment office. The immigration office will then determine if and also how long the duration of the grant of a work permit can be expected. If the desired work and activities are known, an applicant, a corresponding
Request from the local labor office shall, before he comes to Germany. Work permits
can be delivered referring to the location and development of the labor market and furthermore considering the regarding case. Under certain circumstances, non-EU-citizens don’t require any work permits (e.g. if they are working as chief executives).


5 thoughts on “Work permits in the European Union

  1. I think it is very positive for eu citizens to work freely in any country as it will boost the economy as skills and education is transferred from country to country. Peopel can make the most of opportunities in other countries easily. However I also agree that people should prove that they can support themselves before traveling.

  2. I think it is a very positive thing for all economies that eu citizens can work freely in other countries. It allows the transfer of skills and knowledge between countries and allows people to make the most of all opportunities. However I also agree that people must prove they can support themselves when traveling to work.

  3. The EU has a much stricter policy on foreigners who want to come and work in Europe because in my opinion they want to keep the jobs to nationalists. It is a questionable policy in terms of success.

  4. The European Union has it four liberties free movement of goods, free movement of services, free movement of capital and payments and free movement of persons. This exists since 1993 and is with 27 states the biggest internal market of the world. With the free movement of persons it is easier for people to go in another EU country to work. I found the Idea good and for Germany it is a way to get workers, who it needs. And I found it right as well that is much harder for foreign countries. You can´t open it for everyone, there are too many differences. In my opinion there are a lot well-educated people in the EU and when they live in a country like Spain, where the unemployment is 24 percent, it is good they can leave to another country to find work that easy if they want.


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