I am an Independent Engineering Services professional and I want to enter into a contract in a member country of the EU. I just want to service my contract. Under the EPA, am I allowed to travel there to work on the contract if I sign?
February 09 2012 | Engineering Services
As an independent Engineering Services professional, you are free to enter into a contract with a firm in the EU, and you may also travel there to work on the contract. But, there are some general conditions which apply to all countries, and other conditions imposed by certain countries. The general conditions:
- The person applying for temporary entry must be a self-employed person established in a business in Barbados, and their service contract cannot be for more than 12 months.
- You must have at least six (6) years experience in the Engineering Service Sector.
- As an independent Engineering Services professional, you must have a university degree or equivalent qualification along with any professional qualifications that may be legally required.
- You will be allowed to enter for a cumulative period of not more than six (6) months in any 12-month period (or the length of the contract, whichever is less) – or 25 weeks in Luxembourg.
- You will only be permitted to work on the activity for which you have been contracted and no other business activities.
The specific country conditions on independent Engineering Services Professionals are as follows:
Spain, Italy & Poland: An economic needs test will be applied.
Finland: The Barbadian must demonstrate that (s)he possesses special knowledge relevant to the service being provided.
Belgium: An economic needs test will be applied.
Denmark: An economic needs test will be applied.
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania & Slovakia: An economic needs test will be applied.
Austria: There is a commitment to permit this type of movement for planning services only and in these cases an economic needs test will be applied.
Hungary: Residency is required.