Living, studying and working in a foreign country is an amazing way to learn about the world, yourself, and what it means to be a global citizen. As the world becomes more and more interconnected people are seeking work outside of their home country, but knowing where to start when deciding where to go abroad can be difficult.
Want to start an international career? We list six of the easiest countries to get a work visa.
If you’re an entrepreneur, the Netherlands wants you. The country is looking to create new products and jobs by attracting foreign innovators and scientists. If you have a startup idea, you can apply for a one-year residency in the Netherlands. During this time you’ll meet with a local mentor and build your business. After 12 months you’ll have the option to extend your stay and apply for the standard self-employed work permit, which is available through the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty. Want to skip the startup step? The Dutch-American Friendship Treaty (DAFT) encourages small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs to take up residency and work in the Netherlands.
2. New Zealand
New Zealand has always been a popular choice for those looking for stunning landscapes and a relatively stress-free visa system. Its post-study work visa is for those who have completed a relevant degree in the country, and is granted for a period of up to three years—perfect for searching for that first job after your MBA or business master’s.
At the end of your post-study work visa, there are plenty of options to stay in New Zealand if you have the right skills and experience. For example, the Skilled Migrant Visa grants permanent residence to the country on the basis of skills shortages in the country.
Ireland’s work visas don’t come with age restrictions; everybody is welcome. The catch here is that to get the 12-month Working Holiday Authorization, you have to either be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education, or have recently graduated.
Cambodia is one of the easiest countries to obtain a long-term working visa. Many expats flock to this South-East Asian country due to its incredibly low cost of living, deep culture, and tropical weather. Cambodia may lack some of the comforts many Westerners are accustomed to, but it makes up for it many times over with its laid-back culture and out-of-this-world cuisine.
International workers can expect to find jobs with NGOs, international companies, or as English teachers. Cambodia is also a popular destination for freelance workers who seek to work overseas.
Germany is a highly modern and organized country making it a great place to work overseas. It is rich in culture, history, and has an unbeatable work-life balance. People in Germany work less (about 27 hours per week) and live better as a result! Excellent healthcare, generous paid-leave, and unforgettable experiences await you in Germany. The cost of living can be higher than what you are used to, but living in Germany can be less expensive than many other European cities.
Every city has something different to offer, making it perfect for any expat. The larger cities remain the most popular among expats, with Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt having the largest expat communities. Regardless of where you end up, you'll get a taste of the eclectic charm that is characteristic of this innovative European country.
Australia consistently ranks highly as a country with excellent quality of life, standards of living, and overall happiness. It holds the third-highest Human Development Index (HDI) in the world, for good reason. People enjoy a great work-life balance – and it is not hard to enjoy your time outside the office in such a beautiful country. Even though the cost of living is quite high in Australia, foreigners can still live comfortably thanks to the relatively high minimum wage (about $14).
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