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Posted on December 23 2022

Want to work in Europe? Here are the top 5 easiest EU countries to get a work visa

By  Editor
Updated May 25 2023

Highlights: Top 5 countries to work in Europe

  • Europe is a popular destination for international individuals wanting to work overseas.
  • Multiple countries in Europe offer streamlined work visa processes.
  • Few European countries offer the provision to bring family members to the country during the validity of the work visa.
  • Some EU countries offer permanent citizenship to foreign nationals after they have worked in the country for a certain amount of time.
  • Few EU countries offer permits to arrive in the country and look for employment.

Europe is one of the popular destinations for international individuals to migrate overseas. The countries of Europe have a booming economy, streamlined visa process, and a good standard of living. Multiple non-European citizens relocate to Europe for work.

Currently, European countries are facing shortages in their workforce. It has created hindrances in the past few months. To address this issue, governments are making it easier for international professionals to move to the EU and work there.

Here are a few EU countries where skilled international professionals can quickly obtain a work visa:

  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Finland

*Wish to work overseas? Y-Axis is here to guide you.

Which EU countries offer a fast visa to work in Europe?

Detailed information on the countries offering speedy work visa in Europe are given below:

  1. Germany

Germany has introduced the "opportunity card" to attract skilled international professionals.

"Chancenkarte," which is the point system of Germany, facilitates work in Germany for international professionals. They can move to Germany before joining an apprenticeship or being employed in a job rather than applying from abroad.

The applicants should be below 35 years old, have the required language skills to live in Germany, and have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience.

They are also required to prove that they can cover their living expenses while seeking employment in Germany.

The Germany jobseeker visa allows international individuals to arrive in the country and look for employment. It is valid for 6 months.

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  1. Denmark

Denmark is facing a shortage in its workforce in multiple industries. It is seeking skilled professionals from other countries to work in Denmark.

International skilled professionals are required in fields such as:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Teaching
  • IT specialists
  • Miscellaneous jobs

SIRI, or Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, an agency in Denmark, published a list of required professionals on July 1, 2022. The lists are titled

  • Positive List for People with a Higher Education
  • Positive List for Skilled Work

The lists will be effective till December 31, 2022.

If the candidate is offered a job in any of the two industries included in the lists, they can apply for a residence and work permit in Denmark. The residence permit is valid for the duration of employment if the employment contract is less than four years.

The validity is of 4 years if the work duration is more than four years.

If the candidate applies for a job in the list from abroad, they are granted a residence permit with one-month validity before they start working. It allows them to settle in the new country, given that they prove they can cover their expenses while living in the country before joining work.

As per Statistics Denmark, there are 71,400 job roles in the private sector of Denmark. Most of the job openings are available in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark.

  1. Ireland

Ireland is seeking skilled international professionals to fill job vacancies in sectors experiencing workforce shortages. Obtaining an Irish work visa is relatively easy. It offers multiple options for short-term and long-term work visas.

In Ireland, the applicant is required to have employment before applying.

The country has two primary work visas. They are:

  • Critical Skills Employment Permit for skilled professionals - It covers occupations considered vital for Ireland's economy.
  • General Employment Permit – It covers all sorts of jobs.

The candidates can apply for permanent residency in Ireland after obtaining the work permit.

Ireland offers visas for working holidays for citizens of the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea between the ages of 18 and 35.

Through this visa, international professionals can stay and work in Ireland for a maximum of 12 months, whereas Canadian citizens can stay for a maximum of 24 months.

  1. Portugal

Portugal has implemented a short-term visa for international professionals who wish to stay in the country for a brief period. They are allowed to work in Portugal for one or more companies, as long as it is for a brief period. The Work Visa of Portugal facilitates foreign nationals to live and work for a maximum time of 9 months.

The longer-term work visa in Portugal depends on the type of profession. It facilitates the candidate to stay in Portugal for a maximum of two years. Those applications can take time to process.

Candidates who have stayed in Portugal for five years can apply for permanent residence. They would no longer require a work visa for Portugal.

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  1. Finland

Finland has implemented a fast-track process of 14 days to recruit highly skilled international professionals into the country. The hired employees can bring their family members as well.

The international professionals who benefit from the abovementioned service are termed start-up entrepreneurs and "specialists" by the authorities in Finland.

After staying in Finland for 90 days, international individuals from non-EU countries can apply for a Finnish residence permit.

*Want to work in Finland? Y-Axis assists is here to assist you.

Countries such as Italy and Spain have announced that they would be working on offering opportunities to non-EU employees and will publish a list of vacancies for which they require international professionals.

Skilled professionals should take advantage of the streamlined work visas of the countries in Europe and apply for work overseas in those countries.

*Want to work overseas? Contact Y-Axis, the No.1 Work Abroad Consultant in the country.

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