Working Abroad: European Perspectives

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73 pages
Traditionally, emigration was a lifelong commitment to settle in a land far away for a chance of a better life.
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August G. Minke, Esq. holds degrees of Masters in Law (LL.M.) from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands and from Pace University in White Plains, USA, where he also obtained a Certificate in International Law. Of Dutch and Belgian descent he grew up both in the Netherlands and in Belgium, as well


Traditionally, emigration was a lifelong commitment to settle in a land far away for a chance of a better life. These days, there are as many reasons as there are individuals. Whether love, money, opportunity, adventure or career move, the actual step of packing up your belongings and moving abroad, to survive in a different culture, requires a solid dose of courage and at least as much preparation. This book is a very sensible concise guide aimed at European nationals who want to abroad. The book is admirably clear in addressing the issues that arise when moving abroad.

About the Author

1. Introduction
1.1 Who Should Read This Book
1.2 What This Book Provides
1.3 The Basics of Free Movement in Europe

2. Before You Leave
2.1 Basic Understanding of Culture and Language
2.2 Taxes and Social Security
2.2.1 Income Tax
2.2.2 Other Taxes
2.2.3 Social Security Outside the EEA
2.2.4 Social Security in the EEA
2.2.5 E-Forms
2.3 Frontier Workers
2.4 Medical
2.4.1 Immunizations and Examinations
2.4.2 Medication
2.5 Other
2.5.1 Unregistering at the Registry Offices
2.5.2 Driving licence
2.5.3 Military Service

3. Required Documentation
3.1 Identification and Permits
3.1.1 Visa and Residence Permits
3.1.2 Work Permit
3.1.3 Lost Documents and Proof of Existence
3.2 Additional Work Documentation
3.2.1 Diploma Recognition
3.2.2 Recognition of Professional Experience
3.3 Dual Nationality
3.4 Voting Abroad

4. Upon Arrival
4.1 Administrative
4.1.1 Registering with the Foreign Police
4.1.2 Registering with the Registration Offices
4.1.3 National Identification Numbers
4.1.4 Registration with Consulate or Embassy
4.1.5 Informing Family and Friends
4.2 Housing
4.2.1 Buying Property...
4.2.2 ... or Renting
4.2.3 What Runs (in) the House
4.2.4 Domestic Help
4.3 Notes on Moving and Shipping
4.3.1 Shipping
4.3.2 Bringing Your Car Along

5. Culture Shock

6. Job Search
6.1 Type of Work
6.1.1 Study and Work
6.1.2 Employment in the Public Sector
6.1.3 International Organisations
6.1.4 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
6.1.5 Private Sector
6.2 Searching for Work
6.2.1 Searching Abroad from Home
6.2.2 Job Boards and Social Networks
6.2.3 Searching Directly Across the Border
6.2.4 Going There
6.2.5 Agencies and Recruiters
6.2.7 Employer Sponsored Permits
6.3 The Foreign Job Application
6.3.1 Cover Letters and CV’s
6.3.2 Applying On-Line
6.3.3 The Interview
6.3.4 To Work Abroad

7. Financial
7.1 Banks and Payment Systems
7.1.1 Current and Domestic Bank
7.1.2 Currency Restrictions
7.1.3 Alternative Wire Systems
7.1.4 Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Electronic Wallets
7.1.5 Loans
7.1.6 Investments
7.2 Insurance
7.2.1 Health Insurance
7.2.2 Other Insurances
7.3 Retirement
7.3.1 Pension Rights
7.3.2 Supplementary Pensions

8. Family
8.1 Spouses and Partners
8.1.1 Accompanying Spouses and Partners
8.1.2 Marriage Recognition and Domestic Partnership
8.1.3 Marriage Dissolution Abroad
8.2 Children
8.2.1 Children and school
8.2.2 Childbirth Abroad
8.2.3 Adoption and Custody
8.2.4 Child Benefits
8.3 Wills or Testaments
8.4 Death Abroad

9. Return
9.1 Voluntary Return, Foreseen and Unforeseen
9.2 Evacuation

10. Miscellaneous
10.1 Equal Rights Abroad
10.2 Pets
10.3 Illegal Souvenirs
10.4 Assistance Abroad