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Larryj917



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject: Working in EU countries Reply with quote

I have what may be a stupid question, but I'm going to ask it anyway.

I'm a U.S. citizen who recently got permanent residency in Slovakia.
I don't have Slovak citizenship, just approval for permanent residence here, where I also have a work permit.

My question is whether or not I can work in a country besides Slovakia, say, during the summer, using Slovak permanent residency -- assuming I can get an offer and a work permit for the second country.

Thanks for any guidance you can give me on this.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a permanent residency status for the Czech Rep for ten years (now have citizenship) but this did NOT allow me to work in other EU countries (at least for sure not in Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands, where I've worked/job-hunted over the years). Citizenship is required for this.
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Larryj917



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
I had a permanent residency status for the Czech Rep for ten years (now have citizenship) but this did NOT allow me to work in other EU countries (at least for sure not in Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands, where I've worked/job-hunted over the years). Citizenship is required for this.


Thanks! I have gotten quite a bit of contradictory information about this.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your spouse is from the EU, you can POSSIBLY live/work where she does (I assume you're male from your forum name).

It did not work for me in the Netherlands, where regardless that my husband was legally employed, I had only the right to live with him but not to work at all. However, I have heard third-hand that some people do this in Spain, for instance.

So, if you've got permanent residency through marraige, there may be some possibilities (probably not Netherlands, though! Cool )
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Larryj917



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
If your spouse is from the EU, you can POSSIBLY live/work where she does (I assume you're male from your forum name).

It did not work for me in the Netherlands, where regardless that my husband was legally employed, I had only the right to live with him but not to work at all. However, I have heard third-hand that some people do this in Spain, for instance.

So, if you've got permanent residency through marraige, there may be some possibilities (probably not Netherlands, though! Cool )


I'm male, but unmarried. I have a long-time girlfriend who doesn't believe in marriage. Very Happy So that strategy seems to be a non-starter. Smile
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, legalities....are sort of irrelevant on some levels, but when it comes to governments and stuff, they become more concrete. Good luck, in any case - it would be interesting for many people if you find more information on this issue and can post it here.
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Larryj917



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
Yeah, legalities....are sort of irrelevant on some levels, but when it comes to governments and stuff, they become more concrete. Good luck, in any case - it would be interesting for many people if you find more information on this issue and can post it here.


I will definitely do that, once I muddle through. Smile
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Kofola



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Don't know if you know of this centre in BA? They may be able to help. They call themselves an advisory centre for foreigners living in Slovakia and are EU funded; therefore, in theory they should be able to answer your question. You can either arrange to see an advisor in person (prob the best option) or email them if you're not in BA.


http://mic.iom.sk/sk/sluzby-pre-klientov/pravne-poradenstvo.html

Let us know how you get on,

Kofola
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Larryj917



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kofola wrote:
Hi,

Don't know if you know of this centre in BA? They may be able to help. They call themselves an advisory centre for foreigners living in Slovakia and are EU funded; therefore, in theory they should be able to answer your question. You can either arrange to see an advisor in person (prob the best option) or email them if you're not in BA.


http://mic.iom.sk/sk/sluzby-pre-klientov/pravne-poradenstvo.html

Let us know how you get on,

Kofola

I'm in BA, and thanks for this. I'll buy you a Kofola! Very Happy
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Larryj917



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update. I sent them an email on Saturday, and haven't received a response.



Larryj917 wrote:
Kofola wrote:
Hi,

Don't know if you know of this centre in BA? They may be able to help. They call themselves an advisory centre for foreigners living in Slovakia and are EU funded; therefore, in theory they should be able to answer your question. You can either arrange to see an advisor in person (prob the best option) or email them if you're not in BA.


http://mic.iom.sk/sk/sluzby-pre-klientov/pravne-poradenstvo.html

Let us know how you get on,

Kofola

I'm in BA, and thanks for this. I'll buy you a Kofola! Very Happy
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're government employees- not normally known for speedy service!! They may yet come through, but don't go blue from holding your breath:-)

I also suspect that the answer is complex as the legalities aren't standard across the whole EU; individual countries may have somewhat different standards.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
I had a permanent residency status for the Czech Rep for ten years (now have citizenship) but this did NOT allow me to work in other EU countries (at least for sure not in Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands, where I've worked/job-hunted over the years). Citizenship is required for this.


Wow, congrats! I guess now you can give up US citizenship and not have to worry about taxes. I hate tax season.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taxing beyond its juristication - how do you US citizens tolerate such intrusion by your tax office?
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
Taxing beyond its juristication - how do you US citizens tolerate such intrusion by your tax office?


I guess becuase of the threats with jail and fines. I know people have fought it and won: but they're few and far between.

I file taxes and just recently started paying. I don't mind. It's less than 200 a year and goes towards roads, education, and stuff. I've also gotten money back from the IRS, so it's a two way street.

Where are you from Sasha? Canuck?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other great white north. The Motherland of Free Workers. None of this unethical taxation. No taxes at all, in effect, ura!
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