How about the work for non-EU nationals?

 7.7 2016, 09:42     Ľudské zdroje

Conditions of work for non EU-nationals depend on their family status and own nationality. What are the conditions of particular non EU-nationality workers?

he freedom to move to another EU country to work without a work permit is a right for EU nationals.

Non-EU nationals may have the right to work in an EU country or to be treated equally with EU nationals as regards conditions of work.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

Nationals of these non EU countries can work in the EU on the same footing as EU nationals, since they belong to the European Economic Area.Workers from some EU countries may face temporary restrictions on working in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, currently these are Bulgaria and Romania.


Under the EU-Switzerland agreement on the free movement of persons, Swiss nationals are free to live and work in the EU, with some restrictions for working in Croatia. Most EU citizens do not need a permit to work in Switzerland. Restrictions only apply to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania  who need a work permit.


The right of Turkish nationals to move to an EU country to work depends entirely on the laws of that country. Turkish workers who are legally employed in an EU country and who are duly registered as belonging to the labour force there have the following rights:

- after one year’s legal employment they are entitled to a renewal of the work permit for the same employer if a job is available

- after three years’ legal employment they may change employers and respond to any other offer of employment for the same occupation

- afterfour years’ legal employment they enjoy free access to any paid employment in that EU country.

Turkish nationals working legally in an EU country are also entitled to the same working conditions as the nationals of that country.

Other countries that have an agreement with the EU

Nationals of these countries, who are working legally in the European Union, are entitled to the same working conditions as the nationals of their host country:

- Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

- Russia

- Albania, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro;

- Andorra, San Marino

- 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

The right of work for nationals of those countries that have no agreement with the EU depends mainly on the laws of that country, unless they are members of an EU national´s family.

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