Question by Mike: Is it racist that I would vote for all foreigners to leave Norway?
Unless you are Norwegian, I don’t think you should be on Norway.
Is that racist?
Answer by Smart Asian Hottie
No if I could do the same in my country I would !
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Question by lucy: How to prepare for moving to another country?
I’m thinking about moving to Paris. I want to start living a full life on my own, start following my dreams. The problem is, I don’t have any money saved; is it possible to move even with a very low budget? I would, of course, find a job there before I move. I don’t speak fluent French, just a little. But I learn fast. I would be moving alone and I am 23 years old. I would love to work with anything fashion-like. What do you think my chances are? What do I specifically have to be careful about?
Answer by conley39
You can’t just pick up and move to a European country if you’re not European. That generally requires that you have a job lined up and a visa that allows you to live and work in the country. European regulations require employers to advertise jobs and demonstrate that there are no viable European candidates for a job before they can offer a position to a non European. In the best of times non-Europeans have to have specialized skills, education and/or experience that cannot be easily duplicated by European job seekers.
The cost of moving really depends on whether you fund it yourself or the company that hires you pays for the relocation. If you’re doing it on your own, you need to consider enough money to pay for accommodations until your income kicks in, setting up accounts for utilities, phone, transportation costs, food and the like.
It’s very difficult to get a work permit; generally, you have to have a contract offer first. Right now, the overall unemployment rate in Italy is around 12% and it’s around 37% for young people. In Spain and Greece, the unemployment rate is 27% overall and much higher for young people. In Portugal, the unemployment rate is 18% and France is seeing record high numbers of unemployed people. In the UK, the unemployment rate is 7.8%, but at least the number of jobless fell in June. Sweden is a lkittle higher. The lowest unemployment rates are in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway. Right now, the chances are not good, but it might get easier as the economy improves.
My direct experience is with Italy where I lived for the past 13+ years (working for a Swedish company); other countries here in Europe will have similar rules. It’s not all that different anywhere else. The site for visas in Italy is: http://www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp . The site has links to the application, the additional information you need to supply in order to get the visa and where to apply. It also includes education visas which are somewhat easier to get than work visas. You can find similar information for other countries on their consulate websites. This is the visa info page for the French consulate in San Francisco: http://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org… . You can find other consulate websites with a fairly simple search. Note that you’ll need to apply to the consulate that has jurisdiction over the state where you live, but you can find the necessary information on any of the consulate websites.
A work permit is separate – you cannot apply for that yourself in many countries. The company has to apply and they have to be able to demonstrate that there is not a viable EU candidate for the job. As a result, jobs for foreigners including Canadian or US citizens are pretty much restricted to people with special education, knowledge, or experience … and you would have to be able to speak the local language. However, the level of English is high in Scandinavia and most adults speak it very well. You would be able to manage well while learning the language. Right now, as noted above, the best bet would probably be something in the healthcare field which is a fit for you. When I moved here, it was through a transfer of the job I was already doing in the US to the Italian office. Even so, it took 8 months to put all the paperwork in place to apply for a visa. If you already have a job offer, the company will provide you the information you need for your visa application and take care of things like work permits.
It’s useful to check the expat sites for information about living and working in the places you might be interested in:
You can find other sites by searching for “expat” and the name of your target country. These sites will tell you how to register your address, provide information about healthcare, banks, and so forth to ease you into daily life.
You also need to be aware that if you are a US expat, you will need to file income tax returns in both the US and your host country. That can get to be expensive.
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