Paths to EU permanent residence / citizenship without a job offer?
August 25, 2014 12:29 PM Subscribe
I'm an Israeli citizen completing a Ph.D. in the US. I'd like to move to the EU, and am seeking work there, but I want a Plan B in case I don't get a job offer. Which countries make it least difficult (or even possible) for a foreigner to move there without employer sponsorship and eventually gain permanent residence or citizenship? I would consider entering another degree program in this scenario if student status would help.
posted by zeri to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I just found out that in Denmark, I would probably be eligible once I have my degree for an 18-month work/study visa without needing a previous job offer, and that 5 years residence with 3 years' worth of work and/or study allows you to apply for permanent residence.
What other EU countries have schemes of this sort?
If I were to go the student route (and yes, starting another degree right after a Ph.D. sounds crazy, but I'll basically do whatever it takes to not have to move back to Israel), which countries offer the lowest tuition rates for international students from outside the EU, and allow students to work during their program?
What else should I be thinking of? I've looked at the naturalization through European descent route, but I don't qualify for this in any country; and marriage to an EU citizen would obviously be the easiest route to a residence visa, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards, unfortunately.