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European Union Visas

European Union Visas

European Union Immigration & work visas

  • European Union Immigration

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union comprised of 28 European states. Nationals of these member states, with the exception of Croatia, enjoy free movement and trade throughout EU countries; meaning they are free to live and work in any EU state. Nationals of Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein – while not members of the EU – enjoy the same freedoms due their inclusion in the European Economic Area (EEA). Additionally, Switzerland has signed many bilateral migration and trade agreements with the EU, which Swiss nationals to move between EU states as if their country was a member. However, Croatian nationals will be subject to some restrictions on their rights to live and work in some EU states until at least 2020.

Sections

Our EU immigration guide has two sections:

Further Information, help, and advice

www.uscispassportsvisa.com has over 32 years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. Whether you wish to visit, work, study, or hire workers in the European Union our specialist team of immigration experts & Lawyers will help you with one to one advice, information, and representation when applying for your European visa or work permit.
For more information and advice on European immigration law and visa applications please contact us on info@uscispassportsvisa.com

  • EU Immigration for non-EU Nationals

Non-EU nationals have several options for living and working in the EU. Our immigration pages list the visa and work permit options for each EU state we cover, as well as information about bringing family members, setting up a business, and gaining legal permanent residence.

  • EU visas

In addition to each EU country’s particular visas, there are 2 work permit and visa options which allow candidates to enter and travel through most countries within the EEA. The permits are known as the Schengen visa and the European Blue Card.

  • Schengen visa: The Schengen visa allows migrants to travel throughout the 26 EEA countries which make up the Schengen area. This visa is a primarily mean for short stays of 90 days or less. Some countries allow migrants to work with a Schengen visa, though most require the candidate to apply for a standard work permit instead.
  • European Blue Card: The Blue Card is designed to encourage skilled and educated professionals to live and work in 24 EU countries. Applicants must have a university degree or at least 5 years of professional experience.

Schengen visas:

The Schengen visa allows migrants to travel throughout the 26 EEA countries which make up the Schengen area. This visa is a primarily mean for short stays of 90 days or less. Some countries allow migrants to work with a Schengen visa, though most require the candidate to apply for a standard work permit instead. A visitor who qualifies for a Schengen visa may travel throughout all countries that are signatories to the Schengen Accord.

Schengen countries

Please Note: Some EU countries – such as the United Kingdom and Ireland – are NOT part of the Schengen Zone, so a Schengen visa will NOT allow entry into those countries.

Countries in the Schengen area include: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Entry into and travel throughout Europe with a Schengen Visa

Schengen visas should be obtained directly through us or from the consulate of the member country where a visitor plans entry into the Schengen zone and is likely to spend most of his or her time. It is assumed that you will spend most of your time in the country which issued the visa to you, but it is not a requirement.

It is possible to obtain a Schengen visa via our services or the consulate of one Schengen country, enter that country, and then immediately travel to another Schengen country and spend most of your time there. However, countries which notice this practice may in the future deny a Schengen application to people they feel are a risk of abusing the intent of Schengen visas.

Single, double, and multiple entry visas:

  • single-entry Schengen visa allows the holder to enter a single Schengen country once. After leaving the country the visa expires regardless of any other factors, such as time spent on the visa.
  • double-entry Schengen visa allows the holder to enter a Schengen country twice, but expires once they leave the country for a second time.
  • multiple-entry Schengen visa allows the holder to enter into the country which issues you the visa, and then travel freely throughout all Schengen countries until the visa expires.

Length of stay:

The (standard) maximum allowable stay in Schengen countries is 90 days for all member countries within any six-month period. This means that, for example, if a business visitor with a Schengen visa enters Germany on 01 April and stays for 30 days (until 30 April), they may only spend up to 60 more days (for a total of 90) in all Schengen countries before 01 October, including re-entry to Germany. In exceptional cases visas can also be issued for periods of one or two years (This is when you hire one of our lawyers).

Working and Studying on a Schengen visa:

Some countries may issue a category National Schengen visa, which allows the holder to work in that country (but not other countries in the Schengen Area). However, in practice it is usually easier to obtain non-Schengen work permit for these countries.

There is also the multiple-entry National Schengen visa, which allows certain students and highly skilled professionals to travel throughout Schengen countries while working or studying. Again, in most cases it is better to apply for a standard work or study permit for these countries.

People who can be awarded multi-entry National Schengen visas include:

  • International students
  • Highly skilled teachers, academics, and researchers,
  • Some other highly skilled professionals

European Blue Card

The European Blue Card is a standardized work permit which allows workers from outside of the European Union (EU) to live and work in 25 of the 28 EU member states. The countries which do not participate in the Blue Card scheme are the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark.

Our experienced immigration specialists can help in Blue Card applications. Non-EU nationals who wish to work in the EU, and EU employers wishing to hire foreign workers can contact us using the details below.
Email:  info@uscispassportsvisa.com

Length of stay

Blue Cards are usually issued for between 1 and 4 years, and can be renewed. The card also allows the holder to travel between and visit other Blue Card scheme countries, but only for a combined period of 90 days in any 6 month period.

Eligibility conditions

In order to be eligible for European Blue Card candidates must have:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of professional experience
  • A job offer in a Blue Card scheme country, which:
    • Pays at least 150% of the country’s minimum wage
    • Will last for at least 1 year
    • Has a contract or other binding legal agreement: self-employed work cannot be used to apply
  • Registration and any other professional requirements for their field, if applicable

Changing jobs or employers

After 18 months on a Blue Card workers can apply for a new Blue Card for a different country. After 2 years on a Blue card candidates are often free to change jobs with their employer, or start working for a new employer in the same country. Some countries are more restrictive in regards to changing jobs and employers.

Family members

The Blue Card allows applicants to include family members on their application.

Becoming unemployed

If Blue Card holders lose their job they are given 3 months to remain in the country and look for work, and can claim social security benefits in this time. If they are still unemployed after 3 months their Blue card may be withdrawn.

Further Information, help, and advice

www.uscispassportsvisa.com has over 32 years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. Whether you wish to visit, work, study, or hire workers in the European Union our specialist team of immigration experts & Lawyers will help you with one to one advice, information, and representation when applying for your European visa or work permit.
For more information and advice on European immigration law and visa applications please contact us on info@uscispassportsvisa.com

  • EU immigration for EU Nationals

Nationals of 27 of the 28 EU states, as well as nationals of EEA states Switzerland, Norway, and Liechtenstein, have full freedom to travel between, live, and work on other EU and EEA countries. However, Croatian nationals will be subject to restrictions in the following countries until at least 2020:  Austria, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.

 

Croatian nationals will usually need work permits and residence visas to live and work in these countries. In addition, the 2011 Act of Accession dictates that other EU states may apply temporary restrictions on Croatian nationals at their discretion.

Information for EU nationals

Information for EU nationals on emigrating with family members, employment rights, social security rules, and taxes can been found in the sections below:

 

Further Information, help, and advice

www.uscispassportsvisa.com has over 32 years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. Whether you wish to visit, work, study, or hire workers in the European Union our specialist team of immigration experts & Lawyers will help you with one to one advice, information, and representation when applying for your European visa or work permit.
For more information and advice on European immigration law and visa applications please contact us on info@uscispassportsvisa.com

                
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