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In no particular order, I will begin by the issue of the visa. You have to realize that european universities accept students from all over the world. This is why visa students come with restrictions and should be avoided as much as possible. Working visas are the only thing that matters from a legal immigration viewpoint.

Second, you also have to realize that european universities produce far more graduates on humanist sciences such as languages, philosophy, psychology, history and so on, than the job market can take. At the same time the situation is almost at the opposite about anything around engineering. One could argue that Europeans become a people of epicurean philosophers with no one to repair the electrical installation :)

Third, while your situation is not a matter of integration, you must also realize that that problem is posed when immigrants are already in. The wave of xenophoby you might feel in Europe is mainly related to three aspects:
illegal immigration (mainly from northern Africa into Italy, Spain, or Greece; also from Asia into the UK or Scandinavia);
work immigration concerning the latest EU members from the Eastern Europe;
and immigrants already in possession of their permanent residence or even citizenship, and not being integrated (for various reasons, imputable to both sides); this is particularly feeding xenophobic feelings: locals have a hard time calling this people "French" or "German"; they have a hard time describing themselves as such anyway.

The fact that you're so wonderfully integrated matters a lot, but not when there are legal problems. Bureaucracy always swears by the law, even if your obvious integration (and your white skin, because prejudices are a human quality) puts them in a friendly disposition.
I can assure you that an indian or algerian in possession of all required documents is treated absolutely professionally, and at least in France he'll have a good chance of talking to a clerk of his own race, since they started to staff immigration offices with people of foreign origins. He won't have a problem with xenophobic feelings, let alone policies; that may happen afterwards, if he doesn't integrate successfully.

Finally, all western countries protect 1) their job market and 2) their social security systems. It's a problem of money, and nothing else. If they don't need astronauts, they won't give them visa, period. There is no way to go beyond this. They welcome doctors, nurses, or engineers, because these are the profiles in low supply. Immigration is easier in NZ, Australia or Canada because those have always been immigration countries and have the required infrastructure as well as the necessary culture, but even them sort out candidates by their work field.
In short, the best way for you is indeed to find work as a teacher and then get a proper work visa. This is where your integration will help. Then you'll be able to find out if and how you can profit from the years you already spent there as a teacher, in view of permanent residence.

Hoping this will help,

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)

by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:17:04 AM EST
In short, the best way for you is indeed to find work as a teacher and then get a proper work visa.  

Sometimes it's like this : One can't work on a student visa ( or can only work some student's jobs, like bar tender etc. and only certain amount of hours.
And to get working visa one needs job.Being already in the country on student visa it looks like it's not possible to get out of this circle...
I don't know what is the case here...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:31:21 AM EST
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It only appears like a vicious circle. In practice, student visas (or marriages) bring the person in, then the person finds work, real work, then tries to persuade the administration that she doesn't "take the place" of a local who lives on social help, ie, there was no one else available for the job then and there. Once this is done (accompanying paperwork included), employee visa is at hand.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)
by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:51:16 AM EST
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then tries to persuade the administration that she doesn't "take the place" of a local who lives on social help, ie, there was no one else available for the job then and there.
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This could be a barrier.
All tho I can understand that jobs need to be secured for people already on welfare first...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 08:28:16 PM EST
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I guess my gripe is that I came and believed I was here as a worker, a guest lecturer, rather than a student.  I have paid into the social security system from my limited work here.

Furthermore, I do not feel bad of having to draw on, in the future, the social security system after I learned that by treaty, the contributions I made every paycheck in the US are counted here.  Just as if a European immigrated to the US and their SS contributions would count with the US Social Security system by treaty.

This is reassuring:
"I can assure you that an indian or algerian in possession of all required documents is treated absolutely professionally"

On a grander scale than just my situation.

BTW, outside the Legion, thought of becoming a priest to teach as well.  My faith isn't that strong but have been celibate for over a year.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Fl÷te! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 11:00:24 AM EST
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BTW, outside the Legion, thought of becoming a priest to teach as well.  My faith isn't that strong but have been celibate for over a year.  

Now if you are exploring possibilities...
I've got an e-mail this morning that is telling about German welfare system lately that is saying something like this:

NEW GERMAN PACKAGE OF SOCIAL REFORMS DRASTICALLY TREAT PEOPLE WHO REFUSE JOB THAT IS OFFERED TO THEM

Women that refused job of the prostitute is in danger to lose her welfare payment

Because prostitution in Germany is legalized , and brothel owners are paying tax and health insurance for their employees , prostitution has become job as any other and is listed in the data base for people that are looking for a job.
BERLIN-If you are unemployed women and you live in Germany, then you have to take ANY job offered to you by employment agency.If you refuse job you will lose your welfare payment.
Just this could happen to 25 years old unemployed waitress from Berlin that refused job of the prostitute!
Actually from 1 January , when this package of social reforms named Hartz IV,  started to be applied those people who refuse job will be taken of the list for welfare payments.
Having in mind that prostitution has been legalized two years ago (here in Australia too by the way - vbo) and owners of the brothels are paying tax and health insurance for their employees , prostitution is a job like any other and is listed in data base for those looking for a job -" Sunday Telegraph" is writhing and many other media also are talking about it.
Waitress, that is actually IT professional, have listed in her CV that she is willing to work in a bar because she had some experience as waitress working in a cafe some time ago(probably woman disparate to find any job - vbo).
Recently she received a latter from employment agency telling her that one "employer" is interested for her so she could call him.When she called his number she realised that she is talking to brothel owner.  
   According to reforms that are legislation now , every woman under 55 years of age, and is without job for more then one year, can be forced to accept any job offered, including one in sex industry or will lose social beneffits.
   German government contemplated possibility to exclude job at the brothel for moral reasons but they abounded the idea beacuse it will be hard to distinguish brothels from bars.
   According to this, employment agencies must treat equally those who are looking for prostitutes as those who are looking for waitresses or nurses.
When this waitress decided to sue this employment agency she she found out that they worked in accordance to law.If the agency decided not to take person off the welfare than they can be sued by employer.
  "There is not one paragraph in the law that wood counteract women to be "recruited" for work in sex industry" said Merchthild Garweg , lawyer from Hamburg specialized in this kind of cases and added: "New rules state that work in a sex industry is not immoral any more and job as it is can't be refused without losing social welfare payment".

Now please tell me this is a big JOKE !!!

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:58:52 PM EST
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