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Tahoe
12/2/2018 19:58 EST

Hello everyone,

I am putting out a very broad question to see what help any of you can offer and please, just throw anything at me if you think it may work.

Is there any way around all the BS in moving to Europe? I have been wanting to move there for many years now, but have not really tried to do so until this year.

I have learned a great deal by scouring the internet for months now, going from country to country and learning about all the requirements, but have continued to be quite frustrated.

I am a 52 year old single male from the US that is willing to move virtually anywhere in Europe that I can, in order to accomplish a goal I have had for decades. That is about moving to another country to work, explore, learn the language, the culture and continue life's adventure.

I have already checked into my ancestry in Ireland, but cannot get there through my great-grandfathers birth. I also am not retired, do not have a lot of money, am not going to start a business, and am not in a high skilled career bracket, so as to sort of bypass the EU rules for hiring outside of the union. These are ways of course, that one can move to Europe much more easily.

I do have over eighteen years of sales background in the alcohol related industry and very strong knowledge of wines to be more specific. That is what I would prefer to continue my career with, however, am open to do many other things as well in order to first get myself established.

I would love to just fly somewhere, look for a job, get hired, then move there to restart my life in a new home. Because of the EU of course, a company cannot legally just do this, since they need to try and hire someone from the EU first.

Once again, any input at all that you may have, to give me some options, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from many of you.

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docjoe
12/2/2018 20:31 EST

Hey There

I don't know about now but I moved too England back in the 60s and did not need anything, went too work for Lotus cars for 9 yrs, things may have changed, not sure. still make a return trip every 2 yrs. it is a little expensive but nice wish you all the best. I live in Panama now, from Nashville Tenn.

Joseph

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Lucaluca
12/3/2018 00:01 EST

Hi. Ed here. Let me know what kind of feed back you. Get. I somewhat same position and am moving to Portugal.

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TravelMoveLive
1/3/2019 14:30 EST

If you have solid experience, I would suggest you approach the companies that specialise in that in Europe to see if they would give you a job and sponsor you.

Failing that you could go and study be is a uni course or a language and get a study visa. Once you are in the country of choice, look for work - as this can be easier done in person on the ground.

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Muddled
1/4/2019 05:48 EST

It is very difficult to move to any European country without citizenship, same as it is to move to US. As you are out of luck with Irish citizenship, look at the Critical Skills list for Ireland to see if your qualifications are sought after. Also seek out European companies in your home country (is it the U.S.?) and US companies with European branches; this may also be an option.

While I am older than you at 58, I moved to Ireland over 20 year ago (from U.S.) and cannot repatriate due to age and lack of finances. I am a dual national of US and Ireland, born in Massachusetts. I never thought of this scenario before I left. I wish you well, but yes, moving countries isn't straight forward and not for the faint-hearted.

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Tahoe
1/9/2019 11:18 EST

Thank you TravelMoveLive. I have reached out to some companies in the wine industry and have had some contact, but nothing promising as of yet.

I also did consider trying for a Student Visa just to get there, however, one would have to be in school a minimum of 20 hours per week and only be able to work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

This might be difficult to make ends meet with only part time work, but may still consider it though.

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Tahoe
1/9/2019 11:41 EST

Thank you Muddled. Yes, I am in the U.S. and going through companies here that have branches in Europe or vice versa would be a smart thing to look into. That would make it a bit easier to contact someone in person that may be in my area to meet with.

I have looked into the Critical Skills area to see if I would fit there somehow, but since I am in a sales related field, I do not see anything that would qualify me.

I have very strong sales experience, so that could open up the door, so to speak, and possibly get me into many other industry's that need someone with a sales background.

I am quite determined to find a way and get to Europe somehow.

Also, I have been wondering...if the U.K. does leave the Union, would that change the rules, so as to make it easier to allow someone in my position to work in the country.

Now of course, most countries in the Union have to abide by the same sort of guidelines regarding non EU citizens.

I have strongly considered trying to get to countries in Europe that are not part of the Union, such as, Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Montenegro, etc. I must not give up!

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CrazyWorldTraveller
5/1/2019 19:53 EST

Tahoe ....
On job hunting, try these international sites ;
Career Builder
Indeed.com
GlassDoor.com ++
And make yourself a profile on LINKEDIN to network all over the world.
No expert on the UK but sure hear it's expensive to live there
Wine .... France sounds like a better choice or Italy ??

Good luck

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