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Dear Fellow Teaching House Members,

I finished my CELTA in September--and very proud of my Pass B! Since then I've been trying to get a job in France or Italy. I have been through a few skype interviews that all seemed very promising, but the first thing the schools ask is wether or not I have working papers within the Schengen territories. Although enthusiastic about hiring me, my employment is pending my ability to attain a visa, for which they offer no assistance. I have already applied for a French working visa, but was told that the school must sponsor my application--talk about catch 22.

Any suggestions or guidance on how to get an EU work visa would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Ely Tolen

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It is very difficult to get a job in EU if you do not have a European passport, almost all schools in Europe do not help their teachers acquire a EU visa. Perhaps you could try getting a dual citizenship EU passport if you have European ancestry from grandparents. Other than that maybe you should vary your search. I am working in Chile and they paid for all my necessary visa requirements.

I know this is an old post, but I am replying in case somebody else comes along with the same question. As someone who spent the last 8 months struggling to get an EU work visa, I can say it's pretty much impossible. Ultimately I've decided to register as a "pareja de hecho" with my boyfriend in Spain, which gives me 5 years residency and work visa. But, if you don't have a significant other in the EU who is willing to make that kind of commitment, there is another option. You can register to take classes somewhere and work part time with a student visa. This isn't ideal'll have to pay for whatever classes you take, and you'll only be able to work part time. BUT, in addition to a part time job you can give private classes 'under the table' and make pretty decent money. It's also an opportunity to learn a new language or get credits for a graduate degree!

Hello Ely,

I read this and I'm wondering how you solved your problem.

I was wondering if you could tell me what methods you used to look for jobs in Italy?



Hey Barbara,

Solving my problem was pretty simple...I moved to Moscow instead :) . It's close enough to the rest of Europe were I can do some decent traveling while I work. And its beautiful enough here where I'm not bored or feel like I'm in a dungeon. Overall, if after my teaching contract I'm still stuck on moving to an EU country, I can use my experience and recommendations in addition to going to the school and having a face to face interview as my edge. But we will see how that works out.

Hope this helps just a bit. Let me know if you have anymore questions. Wish you the best of luck.


PS. make an account with and post your resume. Good way to put yourself out there

Hey all,

I just wanted to say that it IS possible to get a job and visa in the EU! I'm living proof-- I'm currently working in Germany. On a whim I sent my resume to a couple language schools in the south of Germany and they both wanted to hire me. I ended up with Berlitz and it only took a couple of weeks to get the visa and it could have been even faster, but I had to buy German health insurance. I dont know about other countries... but Germany seems to be hiring foreigners and it's not a problem.

Good luck everyone!



I found your post very comforting as I am hoping to find a teaching position in Germany as well! I am moving there in September and hope to begin teaching ESL. I am about to head to NYC for the CELTA course. I would love to hear more about your experience of teaching in Germany and ask you a few questions about the process of getting a visa and job. My email is if you don't mind.


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