Any advice or opinions on where we might best adjust? I'm excited we found this forum to start browsing, but for now I'd just like to hear your thoughts. Ruby and I are from the midwest and have been living in Phoenix for the last year. Ready for a change and thought Europe would be an attractive alternative. Don't have any foreign language proficiencies, but I did travel the Med when I was in the Navy and seemed to getalong fine in most ports, Naples, Corfu and Rhodes. Anyways, Thanks in advance for taking the time to consider this and I look forward to seeing if we get any replies.
You cannot just move to Europe just because you would like to.
You need a residency permit and unless you have a ton of cash you can live on you also need a work permit. Especially the work permit is very difficult to get.
How about you let us know a bit more about yourself? Age, education, working experience, savings or other cash resources at hand, what are you trying to gain from moving to Europe, etc.
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Apr-2010, at 11:26 by t_maia ]
Here's a little more about us. I am 37 years old. She is 22. We both work in the service industry, namely bartending and serving. We aren't the back-packing sort and have just been looking for a less-hectic and more enjoyable way to live our lives and thought europe could be an option. I do have a bachelor's degree in English Literature but have never applied it to any job as I never wanted to be an English Teacher, however that does appear to be an option. Thank you so much for responding. If nothing else we have a few month's to wait, so we're enjoying the investigation so far. Do you happen to know if all countries in Europe discourage immigration?
Do you happen to know if all countries in Europe discourage immigration?
Basically - yes, all European countries discourage immigration. Exceptions are made for people who are highly qualified specialists in their field and for people who can live off their savings.
With your background your only decent chance would be by opening your own business, say a bar or a restaurant.
Of course you could also teach English, but since you have no experience and didn't want to do that in the first place .... Plus you'd be up against a tough competition, there are far too many people trying to make a living teaching English as it is.
Tip: Take a look at your ancestry up to your greatgrandparents. Some European countries grant citizenship or special immigration visa to descendants of European citizens.
BTW, your military connection might also help you: US Armed Forces stationed in Europe are sometimes looking for civil servants. US citizens working on the bases do not need a work permit from the local government. So check out their job offers.