On Dec 10, 2010, at 2:09 PM, Anonymous NYTechPerson wrote:
Hello NY Tech,
The short story is that I'm a New Yorker looking to move to Europe around February
Sounds like an awesome plan - travel rocks, and paying for it coding instead of waiting tables is a win. I've coded while living in the UK, the US, Thailand and Australia and had a blast.
I am a US Citizen, so hopefully getting the proper rights to work isn't too much of a hurdle.
It may not be impossible, but check out how hard it is for a non-US citizen to get work authorization over here. It isn't *that* much easier for US citizens over there. If you have a specific job offer and they're willing to jump through the immigration hoops to get you a gig, then you'll be fine, but don't assume most companies will be willing to do that. Notice how many of the ads over here require "green card or US citizens only"? Most companies don't want to have to hire an immigration attorney and fight their way through a forest of paperwork just to get you a work permit.
You might want to check into contracting for a US based business while you're on the road. You'll have to check visa restrictions in the EU, but many countries allow you to telecommute for a business in your home country even if you don't have employment authorization for the country you're living in. So you may well find you can telecommute while in the EU for a US based company even if you don't have an EU work permit.
Good luck, and have fun with the travels!