UPDATE 2018-02-04 : Another wisdom boiled up over time: if you want complete freedom of choice of companies of any size, then it’s better to say right away that you have found a good company by relocating and all that is required is financial support. There is money here (especially for the startups), but no time.

    UPDATE 2017-03-19 : Based on the experience of two friends from Berlin (from Russia and Costa Rica), I can reassure you that they may not give you a blue card at first, but after half a year give it directly to Germany. The Germans are also people and their officials also know how to sincerely be mistaken, and to deliberately rest.

    UPDATE 2017-01-08: a year later I had experience in finding and hiring front-end tenders for two companies. I declare that they are ready to wait a month or two for a good candidate who has signed the contract. One medium-sized startup agreed to wait for me 4 months after a face-to-face interview. So stop by to show yourself, and then start remotely and after a couple of months to get over - generally chocolate.

    UPDATE 2016-09-02 : half a year later, the lower salary bar for the blue card has slightly grown , and the rest is still valid.

    UPDATE : at the request of chilicoder , I add a remark: "the author was able to move and find work even without a recognized diploma."

    In search of work abroad, there is a quantum entanglement between the offer and the visa. To get a visa you need to have an offer, but to get an offer it is better to have a visa. We will untangle them by giving sufficient momentum to the fulcrum.

    Life-giving Butchert

    How not to look for work:
    1. Pump a character on a github and sit waiting for an offer from Google.
    2. For several years, sit to lead a technology blog with his unique experience.
    3. Write a detailed resume and sit sending to hundreds of companies.
    4. Learn English and sit on the cursor.
    5. Settle into the international JSC "Index" and sit waiting for the transfer.
    6. Solder the startup and sit and wait until he calls.
    7. Sitting on a hub and reading articles as someone found a job.

    The key word, as you can easily see, is “sit.” This is exactly what you do not need to do. We programmers, generally masters of sports in seating, any trucker will be horrified by the strength of our backsides. Of course, it’s very possible to do the rest from the list, but carefully so that this does not cause the syndrome of self-adhesive ass.

    Let's hit the road

    The example of Germany for the programmer work there with an excess in major cities. In smaller towns it is also there, but it is smaller, but there they pay extra for life in the village. Choose a place to taste, get an ordinary Schengen visa and pack your bags. On airbnb, find a modest inexpensive room near the center with a female hostess, this will save you from a smoked apartment and neighbors from third world countries.

    Upon arrival, buy a local sim card and write its number in your resume. Indicate the address of the room in which you live, too. Why so harsh? The paragraph above, we still sat comfortably at home, clicking with a mouse, and now we pretend to be local in a foreign country. And because you will be scheduled for an interview tomorrow at lunch, as sensible programmers are snapped up (even more relevant as of April 2018), and the British HR will call on the phone. And it would be better to tell you: “I will be on time. Yes, this is my mobile. ” The fact is that it is more convenient for people to call local mobile numbers and see their native postal addresses. So you become more clear, and therefore safer. A decent address will only strengthen your image of a respectable person. Well, no skype can replace live communication with a well-dressed and pleasantly smelling intellectual.

    Then you go to five to ten interviews a week and get a couple of attractive offers. If everything suits you, then you should wait for the contract to be signed, strolling in the evenings in the cozy streets with cafes to have the original on hand for a visa at the consulate at home.


    Checkpoints for successful visa application, for example, Germany, look like this.

    For a regular national visa:
    1. The contract;
    2. Work permit for a foreigner (does the company);
    3. Struggle with the consulate bureaucracy;
    4. 3-month national visa (with annual renewal);
    5. Relocation and battle with local bureaucracy;
    6. Six months probationary period;
    7. Profit: work.

    For a blue card:
    1. Contract> = 52,000 euros per year;
    2. Diploma of higher technical education at a decent university;
    3. Or any higher education + five years of work in white firms with employment records;
    4. Struggle with the consulate bureaucracy;
    5. National visa for 3 months;
    6. Relocation and battle with local bureaucracy;
    7. Blue card for up to 4 years;
    8. Six months probationary period;
    9. Profit: decent salary and residence permit.

    Obviously, the path with a national visa is easier, but little depends on you in it, and the most delicious ones are issued only with a blue card. Both of these paths have in common: aikido with a diverse bureaucracy.

    The fight against bureaucracy

    This combat discipline looks something like this. It is necessary to sign up to distant numbers in different institutions, bring a lot of translated and certified documents, the lists of which will have to be checked by telephone answering once a week in the morning (rightly before and after the move, the bureaucracy knows no boundaries). On the spot (except for a small part of England), English is spoken worse than Russian. That is, without a talking friend, there is nothing to do with bureaucrats, they can go on principle. The Germans advise starting a dialogue in German with some learned phrases, and then, as if in despair, asking about English. Papers in a foreign language must be collected on time and in the correct order, and knowledge of German will not help here: there are many German languages, and one of them is German postal, which is loved by bureaucrats. And, specifically in Germany, there is the problem of chicken and eggs: you can’t get a residence permit without a bank account, and a bank account without a residence permit, but if you ask to send a letter from Germany in advance, then some banks may take this envelope to confirm the mailing address (Germans obsessed with paper mail). From 2017 you can open a bank accountN26 on the passport and do not bathe.

    This process must be constantly monitored, and a mistake can cost you a visa, an offer, and all the time spent looking for a job. My experience began just like that, with nerves, a bunch of calendar entries, early trips to the line, and in the end I ended up in endless recursion with registration → account → registration. Bottom line: contact the relocater , he has all the knowledge and connections to do his job smoothly and on time.


    So, the time has come for the pulp itself. You are imbued with the understanding that it is better and faster to look for work on the spot. They remembered once again that our brother needed to invest time and money in a visa. Now it’s the turn of a little trick that will unravel the visa and the offer.

    You must first get a visa and it must be a blue card, as only it allows you to change the employer without obtaining special permission from the employment service. If you feel free to say at the interview that you have a blue card, you can see the contented smile of Heychar and in a couple of weeks you will go out for a new job. Of course, you can limit yourself to just a subject, and just go to another country in search of work. This is already +100500 to your chances of finding a normal job in the eurozone. But it’s better to go all the way and mine yourself a blue card, which in combination is also a Schengen, and a residence permit with pension and honey. insurance.

    And how to make a blue card? But it’s very simple: you need to find a springboard company (the relocater will tell you), ready to show a salary of about 52,000 euros per year gross (2100 per person per month, which is very, very good) and submit documents safely to the blue card. Having received a national visa, work out for three months, regularly paying taxes. Then pick up the finished card and, with a clear conscience, look for a normal job. Even immediately leaving, you will receive the required minimum 3 months to search for a new job. The next job also needs to be found for a salary no less than the level of the blue card, but it is already much easier with a visa, a smile and confidence in the eyes.


    In principle, much of this has already been described in parts, but the whole picture was only possible to put together in practice by accident. If you like the article, I can invite you to comment on the live relocater, who saved my skin for the first months.

    see also

    Megamind has an interesting voluminous article on the same topic: “ Experience of moving to work as a programmer in Berlin ”. It is distinguished by the fact that the author has a diploma of a technical university recognized in Germany, 8,000 euros in reserve, 4 months of unpaid leave and the strength to take over bureaucrats. I didn’t have that. And in the end, the author also changes the first work in six months, which is symbolic.

    There is also an excellent article that inspired the author of “ Relocation Experience” above: “ Moving an IT-person to Germany: from A to Z ”. It is also voluminous and it is also worth rereading it several times until all the small parts are folded together.

    And, of course, Her Majesty " Stupid Germany ." Favorites: Blue card , family transport .

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