European Community citizens and residents of Gibraltar do not require work permits. All other visitors cannot work legally in the UK without one. If a non
Commonwealth or EC resident wishes to obtain a work permit, a UK employer must do so on your behalf and prove that no other UK resident can do the job better than you.
Countries in the EU are: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Austria, Spain,
Portugal, Italy and Greece.
The EU labour market does not only include the EU, but also members of the "European Economic Area" e.g. all the countries in the EU *and* Iceland and
Norway through the EURES programme.
Citizens of Commonwealth countries, aged between 17 and 27 years can get a passport stamp as a "Working Holiday Maker". This allows you to do part-time work in a non-professional
capacity for up to 2 years. Your passport should be stamped with this visa BEFORE your arrival, by the British High Commission or Consulate in your home country.
Some of the countries in the Commonwealth are:
Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
For Americans, one easy way of obtaining a work permit is with BUNAC, the British Universities North American Club. They are an excellent organization that assists
students in obtaining work permits for the UK as well as a few other countries. This permit however is only good for six months per lifetime, and is not extendable. But you can work any job in any
field for that time. With a BUNAC work permit, you can also obtain a National Insurance Number. Your University can tell you more, or you can contact BUNAC directly.
If you are lucky enough to have British parents or grandparents, you are entitled to a longer, less restricted stay in the UK, usually 4 years, but extendable. If
you don't have British parentage but can get a passport from a country that belongs to the EU or Ireland, you too can live in England with complete freedom to work and stay!
|The "Schengen space" is the territory constituted by the countries which are members of the Schengen agreement. The following
countries are today active members of the Schengen agreement : Austria, Belgium - France - Germany - Greece - Italy - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Spain - Portugal.
The aim of the Schengen agreement is to allow free circulation of people within the territory (Schengen space) of the member countries.
- A schengen visa issued by a Schengen member State is valid for the territory of all member States,
- All foreigners who are legally resident in one of the Schengen member States can make short visits without a visa in any other member State, provided they travel
with their valid passport which must be recognized by all the Schengen States and a resident permit issued by the authorities of the country of residency. Therefore, Since the UK is not a member
of the Schengen agreement, nationals who are not exempted from visa requirements by the Schengen member states and who reside permanently or temporarily in the UK need a visa to enter the Schengen