I'm an American in London. After completing a masters degree in the UK, I was offered full-time sponsored employment on a tier 2 visa in London at a trade publication covering commodities. I've worked there for the last two years. But I've determined that my prospects as a journalist are no longer being advanced by trade publication work. I shortly plan to give my one month's notice.
After my tier 2 visa expires, will I be 1) permitted to enter the Schengen area where I could presumably remain for 90 days, and 2) legally allowed to do paid freelance work for media companies or websites?
You can certainly enter the Schengen area for up to 90 days (the actual maximum length depends on how many days you've spent there in the 179 days before entering and on the distribution of those days within that period). Whether you can work depends on national law, but in general it is forbidden. There might be exceptions for freelance journalists, but it will depend on which countries you're visiting.
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