You have often wondered what it would be like to travel abroad to exotic lands. Now you have the opportunity to turn dreams into reality by working overseas. With today’s depressed economy and ever rising unemployment rates in America, working overseas is a viable career alternative. After making the decision to work in foreign lands, much research and planning is still required before making your move.
Do you have a passport? In what overseas country would you like to work? Is this going to be a temporary or permanent move? These are a few of many questions that must be answered. After you get your passport, acquiring a Visa is the second order of business. There are three basic types of Visas:
- Standard skilled or unskilled – allows permanent immigration to the country so it is generally more difficult to get and the most expensive.
- Student – in order to work, you need to be enrolled and have an endorsement from an academic institution in your new country of employ.
- Temporary, migrant, or working holiday – generally the easiest to get and should be the one you look at the most closely if you only plan to work overseas for a few months to a year.
It is also important to note many European countries are under the “Schengen Agreement” which allows entry up to 90 days for tourist and business purposes without a Visa.
Regardless of the country you choose, there will always be the initial culture shock. You must also take into account the huge issue of language barriers. Your job might have been a breeze in your home country, but throw in basic communication problems and matters could be very difficult in a foreign land. Remember, your new colleagues will expect you to speak their language. If you have school-age children, the language and communication issues will make your children’s educational transition less than smooth.
There are also matters of housing. Some employers offer an allowance to cover these costs. Others will pay your utility bills, then deduct these payments from your compensation.
You should also consider the following when working abroad:
- Find the location of your overseas embassy from the Department of Statehttp://www.usembassy.gov/.
- Learn the laws of the country in which you work.
- Get professional help with overseas taxes rules and regulations for the country in which you work.
- Find out if there are any income taxes you might owe in your home country from your overseas job.
- Learn how to vote in United States elections while overseashttp://www.fvap.gov/.
Working in a foreign country can satisfy your itch for travel and be a rewarding career move at the same time. However, it is not something to be undertaken at a moment’s notice. Plan your work and work your plan is the recipe for a successful experience in International Job Markets.