Why choose Europe?

Europe is thriving with opportunity for skilled foreign workers. In the past few decades, it has seen an increasing flow of migrants from across the globe, with Asia becoming the key source for labour shortages. Europe offers greater earning potential and an opportunity to improve your existing skillset. A European passport is a wonderful thing to obtain.

There are certain processes required of a foreign worker seeking employment in Europe. If there is an offer of employment and these requirements are suitably met, a worker can relocate within just a few months from the time of their application.

What is a work permit?

There are 27 member countries within the EU, and each has its own work permit policy – there is no generic European permit.

When you begin your application, you will need to check the requirements of the country you have chosen to work in. As a rule of thumb, it is always advisable to thoroughly research your chosen country before relocating so that you know what to expect. Before an individual is able to undertake work within Europe, a work permit bust be obtained. This is an official statement that verifies the persons right to work within the country. Work permits are generally issued for a particular job and fall under the remit of short-term jobs or professional jobs.

You will need to demonstrate evidence of your work obligations and leave the country no later than the date shown on your visa. It is important to note that the terms ‘visa’ and ‘permit’ are used interchangeably. For the purpose of clarity, a visa is an essential piece of documentation that provides a user with permission to gain entry to a particular country. A work permit is a legal authorisation allowing a person to work in a foreign country.

Popular Jobs

Currently, the most sought-after professional jobs within Europe include construction workers, cleaners, electricians, plumbers, kitchen helpers, cooks, drivers and security guards. Due to the nature of these roles, there is a greater possibility of acquiring a permit for qualified workers, providing there are labour shortages relating to the role in question.

Those that seek unskilled roles are unlikely to be unsuccessful with their application.


Foreign workers must demonstrate that they have a specific level of language for the appropriate country. It is advisable to research your chosen country to learn more about the spoken language.


Though the permit processes will vary dependent upon the nature of the role, it will begin with an offer of work from a European employer. In order to qualify, the employer must prove that attempts have been made to recruit an EU-national without success.

Providing they have evidence supporting this, they can then apply for the permit on behalf of the individual. This process can be extremely straightforward or highly complicated - sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all due to the variables that need to be considered, including country of origin, skills and salary level.

Once the permit is approved, the individual will pay a processing fee before they are able to commence work. It is likely that a visa interview will be required in order to check credentials and get to know candidates a little better. Due to processing times, it is recommended that permits are applied for at least two months prior to travel.

When the permit has been granted, it is valid for 1-3-years. However, upon its expiry, there is an opportunity to apply for an extension. This is a further application process, but much less complicated than the previous.

Processing Timelines

On average, a work permit has a waiting time of 6-7 months. For this reason, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.


There are a number of things that you must prepare and complete for your application. These include:

  • An average of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 is required.
  • Experience in the required sector.
  • A passport photo.
  • A valid passport (that is valid for at least a further three months from the time of application) and copies of previous visas.
  • Flight details to Europe (though not always necessary).
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • Proof of qualifications.
  • An employer contract from your future employer.
  • A medical insurance policy covering expenses of up to EUR 30,000.
  • Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse etc., ration card if applicable).
  • A bank statement to demonstrate your minimum funds.
  • Income Tax return form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.

The cost of your permit will vary based on the country of origin.

How can Vazir Group help?

Potential candidates can ensue a number of difficulties when applying for work permits in Europe. There are numerous forms and a great deal of documentation to deal with.

With over 15 years of experience as an immigration agency, Vazir can make a daunting process smooth and seamless, negating all of the acquired stress that paperwork can bring.

We have helped hundreds of individuals obtain a work permit, and can guide you with expert advice and application assistance.

We have worked tirelessly to build our solid reputation as immigration consultants, and our numerous success stories are testament to our efforts.

For expert advice on acquiring a work permit, contact us today.

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