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International work in an international world. Part III: Why a Blue Card could be your ticket to a new life

Since the moment I saw a lady in the German Embassy in Russia getting her working visa so easily, I also wanted to get one. At least, to feel the same respect she was treated with. Of course, she has been invited by one of the largest international companies, which are looking for smart people for specific projects all over the world. Just one year later, I became a Blue Card holder with the Germany as my first destination. But what does this Blue Card actually mean?

  • Working where you wish. There are countries with a high unemployment rate and with the low ones. Countries with a high employment rates like Germany are focused on attracting the best experts in technical, medical and innovative fields, which leads to a more open visa regime. In other countries like Italy, the unemployment rates are higher. If you are a foreigner from a non-EU country, the Blue Card if your pass to work in Europe and to change employers and countries in a very flexible way, as long as you meet the BC conditions.
  • Taking your family with you. The Blue Card holders are often highly skilled professionals who are be found by large companies and offered a contract in the EU. Even though it is usually a limited contract, one receives an opportunity to move to the new place with the family and to get (often, depending on the country) free integrational and language courses.
  • Helping yourself out. Here comes a small hint: the visa legislation related to Blue Cards differs a bit in European countries, but you should read yours even before you get to touch your very own Blue Card. Why? Because, for instance, in Germany, if your contract expired or was cancelled after 1 full year, you are eligible to an unemployment insurance AND a visa for the job search (3 months with the Blue Card + 3 months usually offered extra) for the whole period of your insurance (which is 6 months if you worked at least 1 year).
  • Getting the permanent residence permit faster. Yes, this is also possible for Blue Card holders with some knowledge of the local language. With time, you will be able to apply for a permanent residence permit (incl. your closest family – wife and children) and stay in the country as long as you wish. Just keep in mind that there is usually am difference between the citizenship and permanent residence permit in a form that you should stay primarily within the country – whenever you want to move within Europe again, have a look at the current legislation 😉

Аптечка переселенца: что взять с собой в Европу и Азию

This article is dedicated to Russian medicines, which one can buy without a recepie only in Russia. As the application of such medicines requires good knowledge of the Russian language, there will be no translation of this article for your own safety.

Эта статья вдохновлена подругой, которая выходила замуж во Франции. Её жених отравился в свадебном путешествии, и поиск подходящих медикаментов превратился в ад. Русскоговорящие путешественники часто не учитывают, что сильнодействующие лекарства в большинстве стран ЕС можно купить только по рецепту. Причём сильнодействующий, в понятии европейцев, – любой медикамент, дающий больше, чем просто снятие симптомов.
Безусловно, самолечение – не альтернатива похода к врачу. Но есть ситуации, в которых к врачу попасть сложно. Например, если вы на кемпинге в Баварии. В крохотном домике вдали от цивилизации в Швейцарии. На рынке в Азии, где у вас резко прихватило живот.

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Let’s leave it all and travel the world? No, thanks!

Personally, I consider myself an expat. Many dictionaries explain the word “expat” as somebody who lives in a country different from the country he/she was born in. In my perception, an expat is a person who lived in different countries for a longer period of time (6 months+) and, in general, is able to live anywhere.

How does the life of an expat differ from the life of those guys from Instagram posting every week photos from new places and moving to new countries every month? This is the future perspectives. An expat plans to get married, get kids, build a house, have a wealthy life when he/she is old. You want and you can travel, but you also want to BUILD something, to be able to compare life in various countries and to choose a country for yourself. You may even decide to return to the country you were born in after many years – and you will not consider yourself a looser.

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