My husband spoke with the man who is in charge of the European work load to see what we needed to do in order to work there. Basically, the first thing we need to do is figure out if we need a visa—and if we do, which one would be the best one to get?
FYI: If I am misinformed in anything that I write bellow, please feel free to let me know! I am in the very beginning stages of looking into what we are needing to do, and at this point, am mainly relying on online blogs and government websites–so any information and/or help here would be greatly appreciated!
What I have found is that we can stay legally in the UK for up to 180 days without leaving…but we will most likely be in a different country every week, so that shouldn’t be a problem. This is something I need to research a bit more.
I have also found that there are a group of countries (mainly a part of the EU) that have formed what’s called the Schengen States. As an American, we can be in any of those countries a maximum of 90 days within a 6 month period. Once we’ve reached that 90 maximum, we cannot come back for 90 days. So, because that territory includes countries where we would be getting a lot of work in like France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, etc., we need to figure out what we need to do in order to not have that limitation.
There’s an EU Blue Card that works a lot like the American Green Card. I don’t think this will be a worthwhile option for us, as the EU Blue Card seems to be more for people who are going to work for a company based out of the European Union. This will not be the case for us.
We won’t need a residence visa because we won’t be in one place more than 1 or maybe 2 weeks.
One other option I need to look a bit more into is called the Self-Employed Visa through Germany. What I like about this one is that Germany is one of the countries in the Schengen Territory, we don’t have to stay in Germany the whole time we are there, and it sounds like you can get it fairly quickly. The downfall for this one, it seems, is that we would have to show a lease contract and have German health insurance (although I’ve read that the German health insurance is fairly easy to get).
So, this is pretty much what I have learned the last 2 days of scouring the internet for information. It seems our situation is a little different, as we own our own company based out of the US and my husband will be doing contract work for an international company. We are not looking for work, my husband is highly skilled in what he does and he will be doing contract work through one company that has offices all over the world. So, who knows? Maybe we won’t even need a visa? Wouldn’t that be great!