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Working abroad

Updated : 01/04/2014

Work permits

Work permits are never required for self-employed people in the EU.

However, some EU citizens still need a work permit to become an employee in certain EU countries.

Liechtenstein imposes quotas that limit the number of people who can work and live there. This quota system applies to nationals of all EU countries, Norway and Iceland.

If you are planning to look for work in a country that still has restrictions on access to its labour market, it is worth finding out about the procedures for obtaining a work permit.

You are advised to contact the public employment service in the country where you are going.

If you need additional information you can contact a European employment adviser.

Nationals of Croatia

Your right to work as an employee in another EU country may be restricted by transitional arrangements until 30 June 2020.

You will need a work permit to work in these countries:

     

Austria

Greece

Slovenia

Belgium

Italy

Spain

Cyprus

Luxembourg

UK

France

Malta

 

Germany

Netherlands

 

Information valid as of 14.8.2013; subject to change as other countries may impose similar restrictions.

Working in Croatia

Your right to work as an employee in Croatia may be restricted by transitional arrangements. You may need a work permit if you are from one of these countries:

     

Austria

Greece

Slovenia

Belgium

Italy

Spain

Cyprus

Luxembourg

UK

France

Malta

 

Germany

Netherlands

 

Working in Switzerland

All EU nationals need a work permit to work in Switzerland. This restriction will expire on 31 May 2014 - but may continue until 31 May 2019 for nationals of Romania and Bulgaria

Before you try working in a country that still imposes restrictions, you should seek information on the applicable procedures. Contact the public employment service in the country where you wish to work.

If you need further support, contact a European employment adviser.

Sample story

Make sure you get a work permit before moving abroad

Marko from Croatia accepts a job offer in Vienna and immediately moves to Austria. But he is unable to get a work permit and has to return to Croatia.

If you come from Croatia, it is important to check whether you need a work permit before moving to a new country to take up a job. If so, bear in mind that your application for a work permit might be refused.

Postings abroad

There are no restrictions on posted work — employed or self-employed.

Exception: Germany and Austria apply temporary restrictions on the posting of workers from Croatia by companies in certain sectors but not for self-employed people.

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