OverseasJobs.com's Guide To Working Abroad

Finding, and preparing for, a job overseas can be daunting. OverseasJobs.com has gathered the information and resources you will need to make a successful transition to working abroad.

 

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The AboutJobs.com Country-By-Country Guide: For Work Permit and Visa Information

 

Below you'll find a list of countries that we currently offer jobs in, as well as links to each country's embassy, if available online, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. If the country does not have an embassy in your native country, there is also a link to each country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs or whichever government department handles immigration policies.

 

***It is important to understand that information varies depending on what country you're coming from, what country you're going to, your job description and your length of stay. It is always necessary to contact your local consulate office to process your employment status. They will have the most up-to-date information. Our "Tips for the visa/work permit process" offers other helpful hints for preparing to work abroad. We offer only general information to give you an idea of what you might need. This guide serves mainly to point you in the right direction.

Afghanistan
Angola
Australia
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cambodia
Canada
Cayman Islands
China
Egypt
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
India
Ireland
Israel
Japan
Kazakhstan
Malaysia
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom
United States

 


Afghanistan
What you'll need: Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of Afghanistan in the US
http://www.embassyofafghanistan.org
Canadian nationals Embassy of Afghanistan in Canada
http://www.afghanistanembassy.ca/visa_info.htm
Australian nationals Embassy of Afghanistan in Australia
http://www.afghanembassy.net
Polish nationals Embassy of Afghanistan in Poland
http://www.afghanembassy.com.pl
French nationals Embassy of Afghanistan in France
http://www.ambafghanistan-fr.com/
   
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.gov.af/

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Angola
What you'll need: work visa

To work in Angola, the work visa must be initiated in the country of origin. The visa is valid for two years and multiple entries are permitted during that time. The validity of the visa cannot exceed the period of the work contract. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Republic of Angola Embassy in US
http://www.angola.org
Canadian nationals Republic of Angola Embassy in Canada
http://www.embangola-can.org
UK nationals Republic of Angola Embassy in UK
http://www.angola.org.uk/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mirex.gv.ao/

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Australia
What you'll need: visa

There are several types of visas in Australia. There are sub categories of sub categories but it's all pretty cut and dry and can be found with ease online. You will definitely need to be nominated by a sponsor (an employer) in order to apply for a visa. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of Australia in US
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/
Canadian nationals Embassy of Australia in Canada
http://www.ahc-ottawa.org
UK nationals Embassy of Australia in UK
http://www.uk.embassy.gov.au/
All nationals Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
http://www.dfat.gov.au
  Department of Immigration
http://www.immi.gov.au

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Belgium
What you'll need

Non-EU countries: type D visa, work permit
EU countries: valid passport

Non-EU nationals need a Type D visa, which can be obtained after a work permit has been issued. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

EU nationals are able to reside and work in Belgium if they hold a valid passport, are members of a health scheme, and have an employment contract.

 

US nationals Embassy of Belgium in US
http://www.diplobel.us
Canadian nationals Embassy of Belgium in Canada
http://www.diplomatie.be/ottawa
UK nationals Embassy of Belgium in UK
http://www.diplomatie.be/london/
Australian nationals Embassy of Belgium in Australia
http://www.diplomatie.be/canberra/
All nationals Department of Foreign Affairs
http://www.diplobel.fgov.be/en/default.asp

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Bermuda (dependant territory of the UK)
What you'll need: work permit

There are several types of work permits and from the looks of it, all non-Bermudians need to apply but keep in mind, the main goal is to employ Bermudians first and foremost. They also want to make it clear that not many permits will lead to permanent residence (they specifically discourage the thought from even entering your head). Unless otherwise stated in their Visa Controlled Nationals List (found in appendix C of immigration website), nationals are permitted to enter the country with a valid passport, no visa required. Because Bermuda is a dependant territory of the UK, the British Embassy in the US has pertinent information.

 

US nationals British Embassy in the US
http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/
All nationals The Department of Immigration
http://www.immigration.gov.bm

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
What you'll need: entry visa depending on country of origin

Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in US
http://www.bhembassy.org
Australian nationals Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Australia
http://www.bosnia.webone.com.au/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.ba/default.aspx?pageIndex=1

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Cambodia
What you'll need: entry visa

You can obtain your visa at the airport upon arriving in Cambodia but if you get it ahead of time, you can avoid the lines at the airport. That visa will last for one month and everyone entering the country will need a visa (except nationals from Malaysia or the Philippines). Once in Cambodia, you'll need to contact the Ministry of the Interior to extend the visa period. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US & Canadian
nationals
Embassy of Cambodia in US and Canada
http://www.embassyofcambodia.org/
Australian nationals Embassy of Cambodia in Australia
http://www.embassyofcambodia.org.nz/au.htm
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/

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Canada
What you'll need: work permit

A work permit is needed for most temporary jobs in Canada, though for some positions and business people it is not necessary. If you intend to work in the province of Quebec, you must obtain a certificat d'acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) before a work permit can be issued.

 

All nationals Citizenship & Immigration Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/index.asp

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Cayman Islands (dependant territory of UK)
What you'll need: work permit

The government will review an application for a work permit, taking into consideration whether there is a Caymanian who could fill the role. They do not look favorably on those who apply while in the islands as a tourist or visitor. A visa is not required for those in Commonwealth countries, the US, Canada, and certain other countries. Because the islands are a dependant territory of the UK, the British Embassy in the US has pertinent information.

 

All nationals Cayman Islands Immigration homepage
www.immigration.gov.ky/
(several immigration forms)
  Main government page
http://www.gov.ky
  British Embassy in the US
http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/

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China
What you'll need: Z Visa (work visa)

In order to obtain a work visa, you'll need a valid passport, an additional passport photo, and a health report. Also, your employer will need to pick up an Employment License of the People's Republic of China for Foreigners and a visa notification letter issued by the company or organization. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of the People's Republic of China in US
http://www.china-embassy.org
Canadian nationals Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Canada
www.chinaembassycanada.org/eng/
UK nationals Embassy of the People's Republic of China in UK
www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/
Australian nationals Embassy of People's Republic of China in Australia
http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mfa.gov.cn/eng/

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Egypt
What you'll need: Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of Egypt in US
www.egyptembassy.net/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.gov.eg

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Germany
What you'll need

Non-EU countries: visa, work permit, residence permit
EU countries: residence permit needed

Citizens from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, or the US, can apply for residence and a work permit after arriving in Germany, but may not begin working until issued with a work permit (you can apply from abroad if you wish to begin work immediately upon arriving in Germany). To apply for residence, applicants will need a valid passport, three passport photographs, and a letter of intent from the employer. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

EU nationals do not need a visa or work permit, but they do need a valid passport to obtain their residence permit within three months of arriving. To apply for residence, applicants will need an additional passport photo, and a letter of intent from the employer.

 

US nationals German Embassy in US
http://germany.usembassy.gov/
Canadian nationals German Embassy in Canada
www.toronto.diplo.de
UK nationals German Embassy in UK
www.london.diplo.de
Australian nationals German Embassy in Australia
www.canberra.diplo.de/
All nationals Federal Foreign Office
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/www/en/index_html

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Greece
What you'll need: work permit

It is not entirely clear what type of visa is needed for a stay that exceeds three months. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of Greece in US
http://www.mfa.gr/www.mfa.gr/AuthoritiesAbroad/North+America/USA/EmbassyWashington/en-US/
Canadian nationals Embassy of Greece in Canada
http://www.greekembassy.ca
UK nationals Embassy of Greece in UK
http://www.greekembassy.org.uk
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.gr

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Hong Kong
What you'll need: visa

The guidelines for working in Hong Kong vary depending on what type of employment you desire, whether Professional, Domestic Helper, or Working Holiday.

 

All nationals Immigration Department
http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas.htm

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India
What you'll need: employment visa

The duration of the visa period depends on the employment contract. In addition to the contract, an appointment letter, the applicant's resume, and proof that the organization is registered in India are also needed. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of India in US
http://www.indianembassy.org/index.html
Canadian nationals Embassy of India in Canada
http://www.hciottawa.ca
UK nationals Embassy of India in UK
http://hcilondon.in/
All nationals Ministry of External Affairs, Consular Passport & Visa Division
http://passport.nic.in/

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Ireland
What you'll need

Non-EU countries: working visa or working authorization
EU countries: authorized under EEA agreement

A list of countries found on the Irish Embassy (in the US) Web site indicates which nationals only need a passport to receive permission to work. Those who only need a passport will apply for work authorization and those who need a visa will apply for a working visa. A new scheme has been introduced to fill labor shortages in particular industries. This allows prospective employees to obtain clearance in advance from Irish Embassies and Consulates. There are also certain industries that are completely ineligible for work permits. Visit the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment for more details. Contact your local consulate or embassy

 

US nationals Embassy of Ireland
http://www.irelandemb.org/
All nationals Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
www.entemp.ie

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Israel
What you'll need: work permit

Contact your local consulate or embassy.

US nationals Embassy of Israel in US
http://www.israelemb.org/
UK nationals Embassy of Israel in UK
http://london.mfa.gov.il/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mfa.gov.il/

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Japan
What you'll need: working visa

To start off, your employer needs to contact the regional immigration authority to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. This is required to get a work visa. Then, when you arrive in Japan, you will receive what is called a landing permission. This is your legal basis for remaining in Japan, not the visa. It is stamped in your passport upon arriving in Japan and states your immigration status. Also, it should be noted that there are categories of employment. Each category stipulates the length of stay and the permitted activities while in the country. The categories are: professor, artist, religious activities, journalist, investor/business manager, legal/accounting services, medical services, researcher, instructor, engineer, specialist in humanities, intracompany transferee, entertainer, and skilled labor. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of Japan in US
http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/
Canadian nationals Embassy of Japan in Canada
www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/
UK nationals Embassy of Japan in UK
www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/
Australian nationals Embassy of Japan in Australia
www.au.emb-japan.go.jp/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mofa.go.jp/

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Kazakhstan
What you'll need: work visa

Contact you're local consulate or embassy.

US & Canadian
nationals
Embassy of Kazakhstan in US and Canada
http://www.kazakhembus.com/
UK nationals Embassy of Kazakhstan in UK
http://www.kazakhstan-embassy.org.uk/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kazakhstan
http://www.mfa.kz

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Malaysia
What you'll need: Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

Canadian nationals High Commission of Malaysia in Canada
www.kln.gov.my/perwakilan/ottawa
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.kln.gov.my/

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Russia
What you'll need: Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of the Russian Federation in US
http://www.russianembassy.org/
Canadian nationals Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada
http://www.rusembcanada.mid.ru/
UK nationals Embassy of the Russian Federation in UK
http://www.russialink.org.uk/embassy/index.htm
Australian nationals Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia
http://www.australia.mid.ru/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia
http://www.mid.ru

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Saudi Arabia
What you'll need: work visa

Contact your local consulate or embassy.

US nationals Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in US
http://www.saudiembassy.net/
UK nationals Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in UK
http://www.mofa.gov.sa/detail.asp?InServiceID=3&intemplatekey=MainPage
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mofa.gov.sa

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South Korea
What you'll need: Contact your local consulate or embassy.

Similar to Japan, the type of visa needed, as well as the activities permitted while in the country, is determined by the profession or industry, referred to as a Sojourn. They are described in detail on the Ministry of Justice Web site.

 

US nationals Embassy of Korea in US
http://www.koreaembassyusa.org
Canadian nationals Embassy of Korea in Canada
www.koreanconsulate.on.ca/en/
All nationals Ministry of Justice
http://www.moj.go.kr/HP/ENG/index.do

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Spain
What you'll need

Non-EU Countries: residence visa/ work permit
EU Countries: residence permit

Contact your local consulate or embassy.

US nationals Embassy of Spain in US
http://www.spainemb.org/ingles/indexing.htm
Canadian nationals Embassy of Spain in Canada
http://www.vec.ca/english/7/embassy-spain.cfm
UK nationals Embassy of Spain in London
http://www.conspalon.org/indexeng.html/
Australian nationals Embassy of Spain in Australia
http://www.spain.embassy.gov.au/madrcastellano/visas_spain.html
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.maec.es/es/home/Paginas/HomeEs.aspx

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Switzerland
What you'll need

Non-EU countries: valid passport, assurance of residence permit, employment contract, visa
EU countries: See the Free Movement of Persons Agreement below

In Switzerland, a residence permit is a combination of both a residence permit and a work permit. It is issued after arriving in Switzerland to those who have an "assurance of residence" permit, or a Visa for employment. Switzerland imposes restrictive immigration policies to ensure that positions are filled by Swiss nationals. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Swiss Embassy in US
www.swissemb.org/
Canadian nationals Swiss Embassy in Canada
http://www.eda.admin.ch/canada
UK nationals Swiss Embassy in UK
http://www.eda.admin.ch/london
EU nationals Free movement of Persons Switzerland - EU/EFTA
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/fza_schweiz-eu-efta.html
All nationals Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home.html

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Thailand
What you'll need: non-immigrant visa

To work in Thailand you need a Category B visa. It initially lasts for a period of 90 days, unless otherwise instructed by the Immigration Bureau, but can be extended. Your employer can apply for a work permit on your behalf by submitting form WP3. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Royal Thai Embassy in US
http://www.thaiembdc.org/
Canadian nationals: Royal Thai Embassy in Canada
http://www.thaicongenvancouver.org/
UK nationals Royal Thai Embassy in UK
http://www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk/newversion/index.php
Australian nationals Royal Thai Embassy in Australia
http://canberra.thaiembassy.org/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2630.php

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Turkey
What you'll need: work visa, residence permit

Applications for work visas are reviewed by the Turkish consulate and forwarded to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once approved, you can visit your consular and obtain your work visa. They recommend that applications are completed six weeks in advance. Within a month after arriving in Turkey, it is necessary to register with the local police headquarters to obtain a residence permit. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in US
http://www.washington.emb.mfa.gov.tr/default.aspx
UK nationals Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in UK
http://www.turkishconsulate.org.uk/en/index.htm
Australian nationals Embassy of Republic of Turkey in Australia
http://www.turkey.embassy.gov.au/
All nationals Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.gov.tr/

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Turks and Caicos Islands (dependant territory of UK)
What you'll need: residence or work permit

Everyone needs a passport. To live there, it requires a residence or work permit, obtainable from the Immigration department. Because the islands are a dependant territory of the UK, the British Embassy in the US has pertinent information.

 

All nationals Turks and Caicos Islands Tourism Board
http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/tctb/generalinfo/visaimmigration/
  British Embassy in the US
http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/

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United Kingdom
What you'll need: It depends!

If you are an EEA national, a commonwealth citizen (one of whose grandparents were born in the UK or the islands), or someone whose employment falls into "permit free employment," you do not need a work permit. Permit free employment is determined by the type of job you wish to take, and the categories can be viewed online. If you do require a work permit, your employer must obtain one for you. The UK happens to have great, detailed, informative work permit and visa Web sites, as listed below. Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

US nationals British Embassy in the US
http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/
Canadian nationals British High Commission in Canada
http://ukincanada.fco.gov.uk/en/
Australian nationals British High Commission in Australia
http://ukincanada.fco.gov.uk/en/
All nationals UK work permit site
http://www.workpermit.com/uk/uk.htm
  UK visa site
https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

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United States
What you'll need: visa, work permit

There are two categories of visas: immigrant and non-immigrant. Immigrant visas are for those who wish to live permanently in the US. Non-immigrant visas are for those who intend to work temporarily in the US. There are several types of temporary work visas. A visa does not guarantee entry into the country. Before you can apply for a visa, your employer must receive approval for a work permit (employment authorization document).Contact your local consulate or embassy.

 

Canadian nationals Embassy of the US in Canada
http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/
UK nationals Embassy of US in UK
http://www.usembassy.org.uk/
Australian nationals Embassy of US in Australia
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/
All nationals needing a Temporary Work Visa
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1275.html
  Department of State (Bureau of Consular Affairs)
http://travel.state.gov/
  Bureau of Citizenship
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

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