How to Get a Job in a Foreign Country


Working in a foreign country can be both an asset to your professional development as well as a personal learning and growth experience. Many people choose to move overseas and work on both a temporary or a permanent basis. The decision to become an expatriate should not be taken lightly as there is a significant degree of preparation and adjustment required in order to be successful. You may also choose to work overseas during your travels, which can be an option if you secure the right type of tourist visa.

Things You'll Need

  • Passport
  • Internet
  • Outline your expectations for your overseas job. Decide how long you want to work for, what countries you would consider working in and whether you want to work in your current profession or try something different. All of these factors will affect what kind of visa you apply for and the type of job you will look for.

  • Research the different visa options for foreign workers in each country you are interested in. If your current company has an office in another country, speak to HR about a potential transfer. You must either obtain a visa that allows you to work legally in a country before you can proceed or find a company to sponsor your migration to another country with the intention of working.

  • Decide on the country in which you want to work and shortlist the visas you will be eligible for. You do not have to necessarily find a job before you move but this will depend on the type of work visa you are applying for. If the visa you will apply for requires you to find a job first, you must begin the job search process.

  • Look for job openings in foreign countries online via job search engines or company position listings or contact recruiters who specialize in international hiring. Prepare your resume and submit it to the recruiters or apply for jobs you are interested in. If the jobs that interest you require you to get a visa first, contact the immigration office of the country you want to move to and apply for the necessary visa by following the application procedure the country requires.

  • Wait for responses to your job applications. You may be required to participate in phone interviews or travel to the country to be interviewed in person. Once you receive a job offer or your visa application is accepted, you can prepare to move to the foreign country.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many countries offer short-term work visas such as working holiday visa programs. This is a popular way for young people to work overseas for short periods of time to fund travel or to give working in a particular foreign country a trial run. It is important to do your research before deciding to move to a foreign country to work because the process can be expensive and time-consuming.
  • Do not work in a foreign country without obtaining the necessary work permits or visa. It is illegal in most countries and can result in your deportation and further penalties including exclusion periods from the country. If you are banned from a country, this can be evidenced in your passport and travel documentation and prevent you from securing a visa in another country.

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