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TRAVELLING - WORKING IN EU

 

TRAVELLING IN EU

  EU citizens have the right to travel to any other country member of EU without any restrictions, as long as they have a valid passport or ID card. The same goes for their family members, while specific restrictions exists if they are not nationals of a country member of EU. If their stay exceeds a three months period they must apply for residence permit.

 Thanks to the so-called Schengen agreement there are no longer any frontier controls at the borders between more than half the EU countries. The full Schengen members are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden. The 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004 do not yet fully participate in Schengen. You will therefore need a valid passport or ID card to travel to those countries and to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
 A residence permit issued by a Schengen country is equivalent to visa. Except the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and Ireland and the United Kingdom, a visa issued by a country practicing the Schengen agreement entitles you to travel to the rest of Schengen members.

WORKING IN EU

 Citizens of EU have the right to reside, study, work and get retirement pension in an other EU country. Many of us, either because we want to make a new start or want to advance in our profession or get more experience, decides to work for a period, short or long, abroad. However this search is not always so easy. Certain parameters must be taken under concern, parameters as manners and customs of each country and the different culture. All that together with our attitude and ability to overcome obstacles, such as the new language, the new and different way of life, the miss of our nearest and dearest we left behind, will affect our decision.

 Many EU countries have shortage in some profession categories and saturation in others. In spite of all this unemployment remains high in the whole of EU. EU citizens may stay in a country member of EU up to three months, using a valid passport or ID card. After this period they have to apply for residence permit.

 When it comes to recognition of diplomas to exercise a profession there are two possibilities:

A. Your profession is not regulated in the country in which you wish to work, so no recognition of your qualifications is necessary and you cannot be legally prevented from going and working there on the grounds of your training or qualifications.

B. Your profession is regulated. Here, in turn, there are two possibilities:

- either the qualifications for your profession have been coordinated at EU level (doctor, general nurse, dentist, midwife, veterinary surgeon, pharmacist or architect), in which case your national qualifications will, in principle, be recognized automatically, allowing you to practice in any other EU country; or

- in the case of the other regulated professions (lawyer, engineer, psychologist, etc.), you must apply for recognition of your qualifications in the country in question. The authorities have four months in which to reply. If your training is significantly different, in terms of duration or content, from that given in the host country, the authorities may require either evidence of additional professional experience, an adaptation period or an aptitude test.

 A lot of companies have their one websites that helps them seek employees. There are local employment offices in every country that cooperates with a lot of companies. After you have gathered all the information you could, about the job you are interested in, it is wise to write a well formulated curriculum vitae, translate all your diplomas and with patience and self-confidence start to seek for job.
Other documents you may need, besides curriculum vitae, passport or ID card, are:

- Passport photos.
- Certificate of birth.
- Form E, for social security.

 In the sort run changes in labor market will be rapid. Globalization brought new conditions and everyone has to adjust to them if he wants to stay competitive. The times when one exercised the same profession for a lifetime are gone. The advancement of technology in now days is exponential. Flexibility and constant keep up with the latest developments is a necessity.

And remember...

Labor is the real source of every human success.

Tolstoy Leon Nikolayevich (1828-1910)

 

 

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