April 7, 2015 – Many people find the idea of working overseas to be exciting! Whether you are a foreign affairs expert, an international business guru, or you plan to work for the military or government, there are plenty of jobs that could take you away from home. If you are interested in making a permanent or long-term move to another country, you’ll want to look into getting a work visa. As you’ve likely heard, this isn’t the easiest task, but if you are serious about working abroad, here are some tips for making the process of securing a visa easier:
Research your Visa Options
Each country has its own visa requirements, and may offer several different types of work visas. For example, many countries allow companies operating within their borders to sponsor overseas workers. In addition, however, those countries may also issue visas to individuals who don’t have a job offer, but who have job skills in industries that need workers. Some countries may also offer visas to individuals whose parents or grandparents were citizens of that country.
Prepare for a Wait
Don’t start packing your bags just yet-the visa process can move very slowly. Many countries state the estimated visa wait times on their websites, but there are several factors that can affect processing times. According to a visa attorney, you can reduce the risk of delays by taking steps to ensure that your visa application is complete and includes all necessary documentation.
Understand the Appeals Process
Prepare for the possibility that your initial application will be turned down. If this happens, you may be able to appeal the immigration officer’s decision. Getting turned down for a visa can be disappointing. Familiarity with the appeals process can reduce your stress level and the time it takes to appeal the decision.
Don’t Go Job Hunting on a Tourist Visa
Looking for a job abroad can be a tricky task. One mistake that some people make is traveling to a foreign country on a tourist visa and then looking for work. In many countries, this is a violation of immigration law. If you are discovered looking for work well on a tourist visa, you may be cited for immigration violations and forced to leave the country. Keep in mind that immigration officers can search your luggage when you arrive in a foreign country, and if they see things like business cards and resumes, they may question your motives for visiting. If the immigration officers believe you are in the country to look for work, they can refuse to let you into the country and can put you on the next plane back home. Immigration departments keep a record of such incidents, which can make it very difficult for you to secure a work visa at a later date.
So, whether you want to work for an international company, expand your horizons by transferring to your company’s office overseas, or you want to serve your government or country abroad, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to work visas. Do your research, be thorough with your information and documentation, and play by the rules, and hope that the process doesn’t take too long. With a little patience and a lot of precision, you’ll hopefully find yourself approved to work in another country, and can prepare to start your new adventure abroad.
AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, careers, and education. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.