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Top 5 Job Seeker Visas in 2023

Published on : April 6, 2023

Countries the world over are launching visa schemes to attract the brightest and the best. Job seeker visas, also referred to as job search visas, are offered by many countries.

Labour shortages are being faced by many countries. The situation has become more acute after the COVID-19 pandemic situation worldwide. Job seeker visas are being looked upon as providing a solution for labour shortages.

What is a Job Seeker visa?

A job seeker visa is an official permission from the government of a particular country granted to a foreign national, allowing them to enter and look for a job in that country.

No job offer or employment contract is required. A qualified foreign worker can enter a country as a job seeker and usually stay for up to 6 months.

There must be a clear commitment to search for a suitable job within the allotted period of stay. Job search related activities can be carried out for a specific period of time.

Upon finding a job in that country, the job seeker can apply for a Residence Permit for employment. In that situation, there will be no requirement for returning to the home country to apply through the relevant Embassy/Consulates.

Which countries give job seeker visas to Indians?

Top countries that grant job seeker visas to Indian nationals include, among others -

  1. Germany
  2. Portugal
  3. UAE
  4. Sweden
  5. Austria

(1) Germany Job Seeker Visa

Germany Job Seeker Visa is a long-term visa that lets you stay for up to 6 months while you look for a job in Germany. Specific requirements must be met to be accepted by the German Government as a job seeker.

Who is eligible for a Germany Job Seeker Visa?

You will have to successfully meet the following to be considered eligible to apply -

  • Age 18 years and above
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • 5 years’ work experience
  • Proof of funds to cover stay

What is the cost of Germany's JSV?

The cost for a Germany Job Seeker Visa includes a visa application fee of EUR 75 (INR 6,738 approximately).

What are the requirements for a Germany Job Seeker visa?

Generally, you will have to provide documents such as -

  • Passport
  • Photos (3) in passport format
  • Application forms (to be filled out online, printed, and signed)
  • Proof of accommodation in Germany for initial 30 days
  • Travel health insurance
  • Proof of funds (bank statement, blocked bank account, or letter of commitment by someone in Germany who will cover your expenses)
  • Updated curriculum vitae (CV) that has complete information of education and employment
  • Proof of personal status ( marriage certificate etc.)
  • Cover Letter that clearly mentions (1) exact purpose, (2) course of action to get job in Germany, (3) duration of stay, and (4) further career plans
  • Proof of academic qualification
  • Visa fee payment confirmation

How to apply for Germany Job Seeker Visa?

STEP 1: Complete the application form online.

STEP 2: Make a visa appointment.

STEP 3: Get your documents together.

STEP 4: Attend the visa interview

STEP 5: Pay the visa fees.

(2) Portugal Job Seeker Visa

You can stay in Portugal for 120 days as a job seeker. Unlike Germany JSV that can’t be extended, you can request an extension of 60 days on a Portugal JSV.

Who is eligible for a Portugal Job Seeker Visa?

As of now, no specific details have been given on the eligibility qualifications. Nevertheless, as a job seeker you will require -

  • Passport
  • Flight tickets (to and from Portugal)
  • Travel health insurance
  • Proof of funds to cover stay

More details are expected soon.

What are the requirements for a Portugal Job Seeker visa?

You will need general as well as specific documents for Portugal JSV.

[1] General Documents

  • Given below are the documents that will generally be required -
  • National Visa application, filled & signed by applicant
  • Passport, with 3 month’s validity left from the date of return
  • Photocopy of the biographical page (name, address) of your passport
  • 2 passport-format photos, recent & in a good condition
  • Valid travel insurance, with medical cover
  • Flight reservation, with date of departure & return
  • Proof of financial resources, at least EUR 2,115 (that is, EUR 705 guaranteed minimum monthly salary for 3 months which is INR 1,87,000)
  • Proof of status, in case living in another country
  • Request for criminal record enquiry
  • Criminal record certificate, issued by competent authority

You will also have to submit certain specific documentation.

[2] Specific Documents

To apply for a Portugal JSV, you will have to submit specific documents, such as -

  • Declaration with indication of the conditions of your intended stay
  • Proof of having declared an interest in registering with the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP), the Portuguese Public Employment service

How to apply for a Portugal Job Seeker Visa?

STEP 1: Create an online expression of interest to register with the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP).

STEP 2: Get the declaration (of your EOI with IEFP) sent to you by email.

STEP 3: Apply online for a job search visa for Portugal.

STEP 4: Upload documents.

STEP 5: Get an appointment for submitting the application in person.

STEP 6: Submit application in person.

STEP 7: Pay visa fee.

STEP 8: Get a decision.

(3) United Arab Emirates Job Seeker Visa

A UAE job seeker visa is a visit visa granted to a foreign national to explore job opportunities in the United Arab Emirates. There is no requirement for a host or sponsor. With a UAE visit visa for job seekers, you can enter and stay in the UAE for either -

  • 60 days
  • 90 days
  • 120 days

Who is eligible for a UAE Job Seeker Visa?

To be eligible, you must -

  • Have a job in the required skill level - first, second or third skill level - as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) OR have graduated from any of the top 500 universities in the world within the last 2 years.
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Meet the funds requirement.

What are the requirements for a UAE Job Seeker visa?

You will need -

  • Passport copy
  • Photo in passport-format
  • Qualification certificate that has been duly attested

How to apply for a UAE Job Seeker Visa?

STEP 1: Register online at the official website of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs Dubai (GDRFAD).

STEP 2: Apply for the visa.

STEP 3: Attach/upload all documentation.

STEP 4: Pay the visa fee.

STEP 5: Get a decision.

(4) Sweden Job Seeker Visa

Recently introduced, the job seeker visa for Sweden is granted for 3 months and can be extended for another 6 months.

You can either seek employment or explore the possibilities of starting a business in Sweden.

Who is eligible for a Sweden Job Seeker Visa?

To be eligible, you must have-

  • A passport
  • Health insurance
  • Sufficient funds to cover stay
  • Have an advanced degree as your education level
  • A clear plan for finding a job or starting a business

What are the requirements for a Sweden Job Seeker visa?

To apply online, you need -

  • Passport data pages
  • Examination certificates and official transcripts
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Bank statements
  • Letter of Consent allowing the Swedish Council for Higher Education to verify your educational documents

How to apply for a Sweden Job Seeker Visa?

STEP 1: FIll application form online.

STEP 2: Upload all required documents.

STEP 3: Submit application at the Embassy/Consulate.

(5) Austria Job Seeker Visa

The job seeker visa for Austria is a 6-month residence visa targeted at third-country (non-EU) nationals that want to go to Austria for job search. You must have a very high level of educational qualification to be eligible to apply.

Who is eligible for an Austria Job Seeker Visa?

You will have to get 70 points on criteria that assess your - educational background, age, gross salary of previous year, language skills etc.

You must meet the requirements to be considered a Highly Qualified Worker to be granted a Red-White-Red Card after entering Sweden as a job seeker.

How to apply for an Austria Job Seeker Visa?

STEP 1: Get the visa application form - Job Seeker Visa (Category D visa) - from the Austrian Embassy/Consulate.

STEP 2: Fill the application form.

STEP 3: Submit required documentation.

STEP 4: Get a decision.

Keep in mind that your job seeker visa for Austria will only be granted if the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice - AMS) gives a confirmation that you have secured the required 70 points.

Job search visas are a good way of going to a country and checking out the employment opportunities in person. Applying and meeting prospective employers is mutually beneficial for both sides. The employer can assess your personality in a face-to-face interview. You can see for yourself if you would be a good fit in the company.

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Topics: Germany, UAE, Singapore




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