Czech Republic Visa Guide

The Czech Republic, much like the rest of Northern Europe, is known for it’s high quality education, efficiency, and well run infrastructure. It’s an ideal playground for experimental and innovative businesses who want a stable, cost effective place to start up and grow globally. There are some interesting and promising startups popping up in Czech Republic that are sure to bring more business and job opportunities for foreign talent along with them. Search for companies hiring in the Czech Republic here.

 

It’s a nice, high life quality place for young professionals to find new, exciting work experience in a primarily-English speaking environment. However, there is really only one way to get a Czech employment and residence permit and that is to find an employer to help sponsor you.

 

Employee Card:

The Czech Republic has recently put in place a replacement to the former “blue card” employment visa. The Employee Card will allow you to both live and work in the Czech Republic past your original 90 day visa. Both you and your employer will apply for your Employee Card while you are still in your home state. You will then be granted the ability to move and begin your stay. So it is best to plan ahead for obtaining an Employee Card by having a contract worked out with a Czech company. Search jobs in the Czech Republic sponsoring visas here.

 

The employer card is generally issued for two years and you may only work for that employer during that time without having to update your card and status. There are some cases, however, where you will still need to apply for a work permit outside of your Employee Card to legally work. You can find them here.

 

Here is the process:

  1. You will submit your application and original documents (listed below) at a local embassy.
  2. Your employer will submit their end of the documents in the CR.
  3. You will receive a decision within 60 days.
  4. When you arrive you will be able to go to a consulate and get your card with biometric details.

 

Here are the documents you will need to submit:

  1. application form,
  2. a valid travel document,
  3. 2 photographs showing the current appearance of the foreign national,
  4. a document confirming availability of accommodation,
  5. visa fee
  6. Your employment contract
  7. Documents proving your professional qualifications
  8. Documents proving your education qualifications have been approved by a CR authority (here is how)
  9. A government issued background check from your home state
  10. A medical report translated into Czech

After the 60 processing period is done, you should have  decision and be able to move into the Czech Republic and begin work legally. You will need to go to a consulate and get your permanent card as soon as possible after your arrival. After two years, you may renew this card.

As you can see, the process is incredibly efficient and straight forward. The only thing you need to have handled ahead of time is an employment contract that fits with Czech standards. Your employer will help you greatly during the process. Search jobs open in the Czech Republic here!

 

Mexico Visa Guide

A popular vacation destination for plenty of Europeans and Americans, Mexico has much more to offer than spring breaks and sunny beaches. There are growing job opportunities in Mexico for foreign professionals, and affordable costs of living, and an endless summer lifestyle. It’s a great option for recent graduates or young professionals who want to work on learning another language and adding some international work experience to their resumes.

Mexico City is gaining recognition for it’s growing tech scene with a handful of notable entrepreneurs who are transforming the area with creative and innovative new areas. Many companies are raising funding from within Mexico and the US as well including leading micro funder for Latin America, Kueski. With increased interested and a new global view, companies in Mexico City are interested in bringing in more foreign talent to help with expanding. There are plenty of opportunities waiting! Search jobs hiring in Mexico here.

Here is a quick guide to the visa process for Mexico to help you determine your best option. It’s, luckily, incredibly straightforward.

 

Mexico Work Permit:

To work in Mexico, your employer must put in a request for a work permit on your behalf at the National Migration Institute. So, it is best to secure a contract and get started on the process before planning a move. You can search employers hiring and willing to sponsor in Mexico here. The process takes about a total of 30 days and they will notify you when you have 15 days to claim your visa at the consulate.

Here is the process:

  1. Your employer will submit an application for a work permit on your behalf.
  2. You will be granted a permit.
  3. You will make an appointment to appear at a consulate
  4. You must appear in person at a consulate with your valid passport.
  5. You will get your visa processed in two days.

In addition to your passport, you will need to bring these documents:

  • 4 passport photos
  • A filled out application form
  • A method of payment for the fee ($36)
  • 4 copies of the personal details page of your passport
  • Copy of your authorization from the National Immigration Institute (from your company).

 

Once you have been approved for a work permit from the National Immigration Institute and you have finalized your work residence visa, you are able to move to Mexico legally to begin work. The visa is contingent on your contract with the company. After, you may help to sponsor family members to join you!

Overall, Mexico is one of the more straightforward visa processes and it only takes a total of 30 days. The only thing you need to begin your move is an employer to apply for you. To start, search for jobs with openings willing to Sponsor in Mexico here and explore your options.

 

Resources:

Find a consulate or embassy

Application form

Book your consulate appointment here

Search for Mexican jobs here

 

Hungary Visa Guide

Hungary is a hidden gem in Europe for expats. It ranks number eleven in the world for expats, outranking many of the typically popular countries! If you haven’t considered it yet, Hungary may hold the foreign experience and lifestyle you’re looking for.

Hungary has also secured their place on the world’s tech map with their own startup scene growing. Startups like Prezi and Stockfresh have helped gain international attention and inspire other startups to set up camp in Hungary. The government is backing startup incubators and programs to help grow the industry as well. There are plenty of opportunities emerging in Hungary for foreign professionals like you.

Below we’ve outlined a few of the top options for visas so you can get an idea of what works best for you!

General Work Visa:

This visa is like your work permit and residence visa rolled into one. You will need to have a contract offered to you before beginning the process. To apply, you will need to first get a work permit from the Employment Agency of where you’ve found your job. Your employer will submit the application for this in Hungary and you will be sent your permit once approved. Then you can apply for your visa!

Here’s the process:

  1. Your employer submits an application to the Employment Agency
  2. You receive your work permit
  3. You submit the application and accompanying documents (below) to your local embassy or consulate
  4. Your permit will be mailed to you and you may make travel plans

 

What you need to submit:

  • Application form
  • Your employment contract
  • Your work permit obtained through your employer
  • Payment of fee – 60 euros
  • Your bank statements
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Valid passport copy
  • Proof of sufficient funds for ticket out

 

Once submitted, you and your employer will be notified and mailed your permit when it has been processed and approved. The average processing time is less than two months!

 

Self Employment Visa:

Hungary is friendly to freelancers and entrepreneurs! The self employment visa is for anyone wanting to reside in Hungary without having a work contract and earn income from elsewhere. This means freelancers, property managers, investors, business founders, etc. First you must get a residence permit for gainful employment. You must apply for this visa in person at an embassy.  

 

Here’s the process:

  • Apply for a residence permit with the purpose of employment at your local embassy (submit documents and application below). This will take less than 21 days.
  • You will be mailed your residence permit
  • You may travel to Hungary.
  • Next, you need to register with the Central Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services as a self-employed entrepreneur.

 

The processing for part one, obtaining a residence permit, will take less than a month. Then you can travel and plan to complete the rest of the process in Hungary at the required offices. Below are the lists for the documents you need for both the residence permit and the self employment visa.

 

Documents for the residence permit:

  • Application form
  • Payment of fee – 60 euros
  • A business plan
  • Your bank statements
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Valid passport copy

 

This residence visa for self employment purposes is valid for three years and is renewable for three years at a time! You must then register as an entrepreneur.

 

Documents to register as a entrepreneur:

  • Your company’s incorporation papers
  • Certificate issued by the Court of Registration
  • Your business plan and any financial documentation
  • Certification of usefulness of your business
  • Documents detailing the scope and duration of your work along with any staff involved
  • A police record
  • Proof of your qualifications (work experience and education)

Once you have both your residence permit and you are registered to work legally as an entrepreneur, you will be able to begin your new operation in Hungary!

Hungary is quite friendly to all those who wish to work freelance, start their own business, or work for one of the many new companies in Hungary. If you’re looking for stable employment to help you with the immigration process, you can search for companies looking for foreign professionals here.

Resources:

Work visa application form

Self employment residence application

Hungary Embassies

New Zealand Visa Guide

New Zealand is an incredibly interesting and diverse English-speaking destination for those seeking new cultural and work experience. Situated near Australia and the beautiful south pacific islands, it’s an island paradise with exciting cities, beautiful beaches, and some of the most distinct green landscapes in the world.

Unlike many other nations, New Zealand has an unbelievable amount of visa options for just about anyone. There are visas for every level of experience from any home state. Additionally, the government of New Zealand has created some new programs to help push innovation and business growth, meaning they’re looking for foreign professionals to help with their efforts now. There are plenty of companies hiring and sponsoring visas in New Zealand right now. Search job openings here.

Here we’ve compiled the top visas for professionals wanting to work and live in New Zealand. There are quite a few options to choose from. The greatest part is after two years generally of many of these visas, you are able to apply for full residency!

 

Skilled Migrant Resident Visa:

If you’re educated with some work experience and you’d like to add New Zealand to your resume, this is the option for you. You will need to first submit an Expression of Interest to be invited to apply. You can do this online. This visa is also on a points based system. After being invited, you must earn at least 160 points to qualify. Test your score here.

 

Here are the basic qualifications:

  • Find a job within 3 months (recommended to have a contract before)
  • Be under 55
  • Have a clean background check
  • Be in good health
  • Knowledge of the English language
  • Your job must be considered “skilled”: check here
  • You must have credentials for your skill and work experience

 

Process:

  1. Submit your Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to apply
  3. You send in an Application of Residence
  4. You hear back and plan your move

 

Once you’ve submitted an Expression of Interest online and it’s been approved, you will then be invited to apply for the visa. You will receive the form from the government after your approval. Then you can gather your documents to submit to an embassy.

 

Here is what you will submit during the process:

 

Once you’ve submitted all documentation, the process could take up to six months to completely process. You and your employer are able to check your status online at anytime.

 

Essential Skills Work Visa:

This visa means that your worker has advertised this job to New Zealanders for a period of time but you are the best candidate for the job. You will need a work contract prior to applying. You can search for open positions waiting to be taken in New Zealand here. This visa can be valid up to 5 years with extension depending on what position you take.

 

Here are the basic qualifications:

  • Find a job within 3 months (recommended to have a contract before)
  • Have a clean background check
  • Be in good health
  • Knowledge of the English language
  • You must be the best option ahead of New Zealanders for the job
  • You must have credentials for your skill and work experience
  • You may need to register your occupation

 

Process:

  1. Submit your Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to apply
  3. You send in an Application of Residence
  4. You hear back and plan your move

 

Once you’ve submitted an Expression of Interest online and it’s been approved, you will then be invited to apply for the visa. You will receive the form from the government after your approval. Your employer will submit the documents required on their end. Then you can gather your documents to submit to an embassy.

 

Here is what you will submit during the process:

 

Your employer will be required to submit other documents to prove that you were the best choice outside of New Zealand for the job. Once you’ve submitted all documentation, the process could take up to six months to completely process. You and your employer are able to check your status online using the same portal.

 

Long Term Skill Shortage Work Visa:

To apply for this visa, you must fill fill a occupation on the Skill Shortage list and have a job offer using that skill. The visa is for 30 months but once you’ve been in New Zealand for two years, you can apply for a residence visa, so it is possibly indefinite!

 

Here are the basic qualifications:

  • Find a job within 3 months (recommended to have a contract before)
  • Have a clean background check
  • Be in good health
  • Knowledge of the English language
  • Full fill a role on the Skills Shortage list
  • You must have credentials for your skill and work experience
  • You may need to register your occupation

 

Here is the process:

  1. Submit your Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to apply
  3. You send in an Application of Residence
  4. You hear back and plan your move

 

Once you’ve submitted an Expression of Interest online and it’s been approved, you will receive another application form from the government to fill out and turn in with the following documents. Your employer will submit the documents required on their end. Then you can gather your documents to submit to an embassy.

 

Here is what you will submit during the process:

 

Your employer will be required to submit an application and other documents to prove that your skills are required for their company and you are the best for the job. The more evidence, the better. This visa may take 6 months to process.

 

Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa:

This visa is for highly qualified recent graduates who want to develop their resumes through work experience in New Zealand. You must be between the ages of 20-35. You are able to come in to New Zealand without a job offer on this visa and search once you get there. Once you have a job, you are able to apply for residency later on. This visa is highly competitive. There are only 300 given out per year (2017 is filled) and you have 9 months to find a job once you arrive.

 

Here are the basic qualifications:

  • You must be between 20-35
  • Have a clean background check
  • Be in good health
  • Knowledge of the English language
  • You must have at least a Bachelor’s degree or two years trade experience
  • You must explain what your intentions are
  • You must prove financial stability
  • You must have enough to buy a ticket to leave
  • You may need to register your occupation

 

Here is the process:

  1. Submit your Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to apply
  3. You send in an Application of Residence
  4. You hear back and plan your move

 

Once you’ve submitted an Expression of Interest online and it’s been approved, you will receive another application form from the government to fill out and turn in with the following documents.

 

Here is what you will submit during the process:

 

This could take some time to process (up to 6 months) especially with a quota. Once approved, you will have 9 months to search for a job in New Zealand through which you can apply for a residence visa.

 

Entrepreneur Work Visa:

This visa is for anyone who plans on setting up a startup in New Zealand. There are two phases. First, if accepted, you will be given a 12 month visa. After this, once you prove you’ve established your business, you can apply for two years.

 

Here are the requirements:

  • $100,000 NZ investment
  • 120 or more points on the point evaluation
  • A clear business plan
  • A clean record of business fraud
  • Have a clean background check
  • Be in good health
  • Knowledge of the English language

 

Here is the process:

  1. Submit your Expression of Interest
  2. Receive an invitation to apply
  3. You send in an Application of Residence
  4. You hear back and plan your move

 

Once you’ve submitted an Expression of Interest online and it’s been approved, you will receive another application form from the government to fill out and turn in with the following documents. There may be more requested as your business plan and viability are analyzed.

 

Here is what you will submit during the process:

  • Valid passport
  • Your complete business plan
  • Personal and business financial statements
  • Any licenses required for your business
  • 2 passport sized photos
  • Copy of your qualification – qualify your skills here
  • Evidence of your work experience and education

 

This visa may take longer and require some more back and forth due to the analyzation of your business plan and finances. Visa processing is about 6 months. Once approved, you will be permitted to move and begin setting up your business before your check-in at the 12 month mark!

As you can see, New Zealand is quite open to foreign professionals enhancing their business environment. There are so many options for you to find work and a long term residence visa in New Zealand. The best way, of course, is to have an employer ahead of time to help you with the process and qualification. Search for companies hiring and sponsoring in New Zealand now.

 

Estonia Visa Guide

The tiny country of Estonia is making a big wave in the tech scene and may be a little preview of what the future will look like. Situated between Latvia, Russia, and Finland, Estonia is a part of the notoriously efficient and focused Scandinavian countries of northern Europe. English is widely used in Estonia, so it’s a perfect location to find international work experience for professionals. It’s just different enough to experience something brand new but still familiar enough to settle in quickly.

Estonia’s recent growth in the tech sector has a lot to do with the government’s approach to businesses and startups. It’s actually home to the team that created Skype. Kindergarteners learn computer programming in school. There is a national initiative to continue into the digital age in all areas. It’s to no surprise there are government initiatives and special programs to attract foreign talents for startups. As a result, there are plenty of opportunities waiting for you.

Residence permit

Estonia is even convenient in this regard. If you have a residence permit, you are permitted to work in Estonia. They no longer require you to get both a residence and work permit.

The best way is to apply for a temporary residence permit with an employer in Estonia. Once you have a contract negotiated with an Estonian company, it’s easier to apply. You can search for companies hiring foreign talent that will help sponsor in Estonia right here.  

 

Here are the qualifications for applying:

  • Your salary and contract meets the standard.
  • The company must be registered in Estonia for at least five months prior.

 

There are 2 different types of employment visas

1. Employment as a Non-EU resident:

Most countries in the EU will have different a different process for living and working in Estonia. But for non-EU residents, it’s still a fairly straight forward process as long as you have an employment contract.

Here are the required documents:

  • Your employment contract
  • Your health insurance contract
  • Application for visa
  • Passport photo
  • Payment for fee – 80 euros

Your employer will submit other documents for you from Estonia while you wait for processing in your home state.

2. Employment at a startup:

As mentioned before, Estonia is highly supportive of digital and startup efforts. There is a government initiative that funds and mentors startups as well as opens the doors to them sponsoring visas. There are plenty of Estonian tech startups looking for your skills.

 

Here are the required documents:

  • Your employment contract
  • Your health insurance contract
  • Application for visa
  • Passport photo
  • Payment for fee – 80 euros
  • Opinion of the expert committee

 

Your employer will submit other documents for you. Other documentation may be requested.

For all these visas, you must apply in person at a service office within Estonia or at an embassy that can represent Estonia. For all visas, you will receive a decision within two months of applying. You will receive a residence card to enter Estonia on. Once receiving your residence permit, you will be allowed two years until you need to renew through an easy online process!

 

One more option: Short Term Employment:

If you don’t plan on living in Estonia long term, but rather, are wanting to spend a short amount of time (less than a year) working on a project for a company or doing an internship, that works as well! You can register for short term employment. Often times, those who work for startups and top specialists seek this option. You will need to have an employment contract with a company who is registered for more than 5 months. They will submit documents on their side, while you’ll submit the following:

For internships, also include a letter or documentation stating that your internship is necessary for your studies. Once approved, you will have up to 270 days to stay or as outlined by your contract. Approval generally takes less than a month.

The best method for getting a visa for Estonia is to do job research and have a contract before beginning the process. With all of the startup and tech activity, there are plenty of companies looking for professionals like you! Search companies hiring and sponsoring in Estonia here.

 

Ireland Visa Guide

In terms of an English speaking experience, Ireland is one of the most different and interesting options available. Set in the UK isle in an ever green location, Ireland is a both a tourist destination and a tech destination as home to quite a few international conferences. Thanks to Brexit, Dublin is seeing another wave of tech interest. It even has it’s own “Silicon Docks” in Dublin where it’s all happening. There more and more are companies seeking new talent, take a look here.

Tech aside, people in Dublin love the friendly, matter-of-fact Irish culture and attitude that is known for being welcoming to foreigners. No matter where you’re from, Dublin offers an new, valuable experience in both culture and your professional life.

Below you’ll find more on the process for obtaining the various Irish visas!

Step One: Employment Permit.

To get an employment permit you must have a job offer from a company who:

  • Is registered to sponsor.
  • Is trading primarily in Ireland.
  • Is 50% EEA nationals (unless it’s a startup!)
  • The job had been advertised for at least 2 weeks to EEA nationals

 

You personally must meet these qualifications:

  • Have an offer over 30,000 euros
  • Be educationally qualified for your position
  • Have between 500 and 1000 euros for the fee

 

To take a look companies hiring in Ireland, search here. Once you’ve secured a job contract, you can begin to use Ireland’s new (and very convenient) online platform for applying for your work permit along with your employer. You will need to disclose some information about yourself and share copies of documents here.

 

Documents you will need for the online portal:

  • Passport information
  • Passport photos
  • Company information including their registration number
  • Certificates and diplomas as proof of your qualification
  • Your employment contract

 

Once you complete the online process and your employer completes their end, you will wait for a decision. You can check the status online at any time. Once you are approved, you are then permitted to work in Ireland and may apply for a residency visa.

 

Getting your Employment Visa:

You can apply up to three month before your move and after receiving your Employment Permit. You apply for your visa through an online system like the Employment Permit. Without this permit, you are not qualified to work in Ireland.  It will take about eight weeks to get a decision.

 

Here are the documents you will submit:

  • Two colored sized passport photos
  • Signed and dated application form
  • Your passport
  • A signed letter of application, dated including personal details.
  • Your employment permit.
  • Employment contract
  • A letter from your employer
  • Proof of financial standing (bank statements)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • The fee associated with your length of stay

 

You are able to check on the status of your application at any time online. You will be free to make your plans and settle in once your residence visa has been accepted along with your employment permit! Two steps, and done!

 

Another route: Atypical Working Scheme

If you’re newly graduated and looking for an interesting international work experience of put on your resume, this is a great option for you. This is a short term work visa, like an internship. To apply, you get permission. You should allow 20 days for total processing. It’s a relatively quick visa. Normally, this is for internships, training, and work in areas of shortage in Ireland.

 

Here’s what makes your qualified:

  • You can work in a shortage skill
  • You can provide a specialized skill
  • You need an internship for your studies

 

Here is the internship process:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Pay a fee of 250 pounds
  3. Wait 20 about 20 days
  4. Once you are approved, you can apply for an entry visa and then register with the Immigration Bureau once you are in to ensure you can stay past 90 days.

 

Here’s what you need to submit via post to the Atypical Working Scheme Division:

  • Your passport
  • Letter of approval
  • Letter from Irish based host body confirming offer of employment/internship
  • Interns: letter from your school confirming that the internship is necessary.
  • Appropriate entry visa (if a visa-required non-EEA national)
  • Proof of medical insurance.

Once you are approved within 20 days (pretty fast) you can make your travel plans and enter to begin your international work experience!

For most visas in Ireland, it is best to have an employment contract in place to be able to apply for a residence visa. With support for startups in place from the government and a booming tech scene, there are a lot of new opportunities popping up for foreigners. Browse companies hiring and sponsoring in Ireland right now here.

 

Thailand Visa Guide

Thailand, also know as land of the remote workers, is a hot destination with foreigners for unique job opportunities set to an incredible tropical backdrop that is one of the most beautiful in the world. Thailand is also known for its affordable living, perfect for young professionals looking to save while working.

The Thai government is very open to foreign talent to help make big things happen in Thailand. They’ve set up a ‘Startup Platform’ to help support new startups move or set up in Thailand and invite foreign workers to help them be a success. As expected, there are plenty of visa options and companies seeking your help. You can search for companies seeking for foreign talent in Thailand here.

Below are the guidelines for the most popular visas. Take your pick!

 

Work visa and permit (non-immigrant category B):

If you have an employer already, you can easily get your non-immigrant visa which will then allow you to immigrate to Thailand and apply for your work permit at the Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour. If you already have an employer, they can help expedite the process by applying for your work permit ahead of time for you. You can search for employers hiring in Thailand here.

 

Here’s the process:

  1. Get contract with employer and all necessary documents
  2. Apply for Non-Immigrant “B” Visa, Single Entry at Thai Embassies/Consulates (this takes 1-3 days)
  3. You’re granted a 90 day permit
  4. Move to Thailand
  5. Apply for temporary Work Permit at Department of Employment in Thailand
  6. You get a year that you can renew within 30 days of expiration

 

Here’s what you need to submit:

  • Passport
  • Completed visa application
  • Recent passport photos
  • Proof of financial stability ($600 USD)
  • Letter of approval from Ministry of Labor (your employer will obtain this for you)

 

The process is relatively fast. You should be able to get your permit to enter the country and apply for your work permit within 1-3 days granted you have an employer. Having an employer to help expedite the process definitely helps. Search jobs hiring right now in Thailand.

 

“Do business” Visa:

This visa is technically part of the Non-immigrant category B visa. If you wish to have your own business in Thailand, there are a few extra things you need to do in place of not having an employer vouching for you. If you have a company and would like to work in Thailand for an extended time, this is the visa for you.

 

Here is what you need to submit:

  • Passport
  • Completed visa application
  • Recent passport photos
  • Proof of financial stability ($600 USD)
  • Letter from your company stating your salary, position, length of stay, and purpose.
  • Evidence of self-employment income
  • Any correspondence with business partners in Thailand
  • Business regulation and license
  • List of shareholders
  • Company profile
  • Details of business operations
  • Information on physical location of business
  • Financial statements of company
  • Value added tax registration

 

This visa will not allow long term residency in Thailand but you can get an extension on the original 90 day visa to stay for longer based on business terms with your company and the local ecosystem.

There is work just this month that Thailand will be soon announcing a 4-year professional visa for foreign professionals as well as a startup scheme to encourage new companies to set up shop and attract more foreign work. Look out for more information coming soon regarding this. But at this time, it is best to find an employer to help sponsor you for a visa to Thailand. Search for all employers currently hiring in Thailand here.

Visa Guide: Spain

Know having the most beautiful weather and cities in Europe, Spain is the vacation spot for many Europeans and foreigners. It’s situated right in the best part of the mediterranean with central access to the rest of Europe. Spain’s carefree and relaxed culture draw immigrants to coastal cities like Valencia and Barcelona every year.

This also makes it a prime location for the world’s biggest tech and business conferences all year long, particularly in Barcelona. There is a subtle tech scene that operates in Spain, attracting foreign students and startups more and more each year. Various visa schemes are helpful for startups and keep the door open to foreign talent. The highly acclaimed universities make Spain an attractive place for higher education students as well.

Here are some of the options you have if you’re thinking about relocating to one of the most beautiful countries in Europe:

Residence Working Visa:

To legally work in Spain, you must hold this Visa. Step one is to get a job offer from a Spanish company who will then submit the application to being the process. You can search for Spanish companies looking to fill positions here. Once approved, you can turn the following documents into a Spanish embassy in your area. Each embassy has their own online appointment system. It’s advised to apply 90 days before your planned arrival.

Documents you turn into the embassy:

Processing can take anywhere from one to three months, sometimes less. It depends on if more information or clarification is needed.

Once processing is complete, you will be given a temporary visa in your passport for three months. In your first month, you must report to a Spanish police office to get your residence card.

Self-Employed Visa:

This visa allows you to operate your own business in Spain benefitting the local economy or be a part owner of a company you have significant investment in. It’s advised to have a lawyer in Spain help you handle this.

Here are the documents required:

  • Three application forms
  • 3 passport photos
  • Original passport
  • Police criminal record
  • Medical certificate
  • Educational certificates
  • Proof of financial stability (revenues, savings, bank statements)
  • Your complete business plan
  • Necessary permits for your business
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Health insurance with full coverage in Spain
  • Authorization of temporary residence and work permit application. Form EX07
  • $300 USD fee

Yes, quite a bit! They must all be submitted at the embassy at the same time in person. Within one month to ninety days, you will get a response. Once you arrive in Spain, you can collect your residence card at a local office.

 

Non-Lucrative Visa:

This is for all you remote workers and digital nomads. If you are able to find remote work, you can bring you and your laptop to Spain, no problem! For this visa, it can be a bit tricky to get set up but it’s a long term visa that allows you to continue your work somewhere more exciting. You must first have a permanent address in Spain (sign a lease) and then you can apply at a consulate in your own country to be granted a provisional three month visa, during which you will pick up your permanent residence card.

Here are the documents you will need to submit at the embassy:

  • Application form
  • One passport photo
  • Passport
  • Form EX-01
  • Form MODELO
  • Medical certificate
  • International health insurance proof
  • Proof of finances
  • Criminal background check
  • A fee around $200
  • Proof of living accommodations in Spain

Once you submit, the general guideline are that it will take between 2-4 months, but many people experience shorter times dependent on the consulate. Once you are approved, you will be able to travel to Spain and pick up your official visa (one year) in the first month.

As with most countries, the easiest way to secure a visa is to have an employer to help vouch for you! Spain seems to be quite friendly to startups as well. There is a Rising Star visa program for startups that allows them to grant visas for highly qualified foreign professionals. Check out tons of companies and startups hiring in Spain here.

 

Finland Visa Guide

For English speakers, Finland is a dream destination for long term living and work. Boasting a high quality of life and long life expectancy, Finland comes with other perks aside from a strong job market. Finland is leading the way in Nordic startups with a growing tech scene that is getting international recognition. Finland alone accounts for 10% of all the world’s startup exits despite having population smaller than most US cities.

With startups and a booming tech scene comes jobs and a need for international talent. If you’re looking to add some incredibly valuable international experience to your resume as a young professional, you may find the opportunity of a lifetime in Sweden. You can search for Finnish companies with vacancies for international hires here.

Below, we’ve outlined all of the options in terms of visas you can choose to get started on your next adventure:

There are generally two options we’ll go through to both live and work legally in Finland:

Employee Residence Permit:

This permit is for those employees that have a professional contract lined up in Finland with a Finnish company. This permit allows you to live and work long term in Finland. Once you’ve signed a contract your employer will submit a TEM 054 form to begin the process. The great thing is that even though one employer files, you have a permit for the entire industry you work in, so you may hold several jobs under one permit in the future.

Here is the total process:

  1. Your employer will submit the TEM 054 form
  2. You will submit this form online or at an embassy with copies all necessary documents (outlined below).
  3. You will select a service point (embassy) where you will confirm your identity in person and show original documents.
  4. You will pay 450 euros to process the application.
  5. You will be notified whether your application is confirmed or not.

Here is the documents you need:

  • A valid passport
  • Your employer’s form filled out and submitted
  • Your employment contract
  • Any educational certificate
  • Passport photos

Finland is a part of the Schengen countries so if you do not have a Finnish embassy to process your visa near you, you can go to an embassy of one of the other countries. Check embassies online for an appointment beforehand. You will be able to check the status of your application through the process here.

Self-Employed Residence Permit:

Finland is open to self-employed foreign workers setting up show in Finland! This is pretty rare for most countries. For this process, you can apply for a permit for your industry, much like the employee residence permit. However, you first must register your business with the National Board of Patents and Registration.

Here is the process:

  1. Register with the National Board of Patents and Registration
  2. Fill out the application online and gather any documents related to your business (below)
  3. Submit all documentation to a Finnish embassy and prove your identity in person
  4. Pay the processing fee of 450 euros
  5. You will receive a first decision: the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment decides if you business plan and financials pass.
  6. Then you will receive a final decision from the Finnish Immigration Service. You may be interviewed.

Here are the documents you will need to submit:

Once receiving confirmation from both of the approval boards, you will be granted your work and residence permit as a self-employed individual. If you are a founder of company, you are also considered self-employed. You can check the status of your application here.

 

Here are a few more helpful resources:

How to register your business in Finland

Application for employee residence permit

Application for self-employed residence permit

How to find a Finnish embassy

Jobs in Finland

 

Malaysia Visa Guide

There’s a growing interest in the “Tech in Asia” scene with the help of some interesting new startups coming out of Malaysia. A previously rural country with an absolutely beautiful landscape, Malaysia’s business friendly reputation has helped to turn it into a new Asian metropolis with growing opportunities for work. For those looking for a taste of the East with a tropical lifestyle and destinations, Malaysia is a perfect option.

Malaysia’s government has been increasingly supportive of businesses and startups over the last few years and, as a result, to doors are opening to foreign talents to help move business along. However, for unskilled work, it is still rather difficult to meet qualifications. It is best for skilled and highly skilled workers to look for jobs in Malaysia ahead of making any plans so your employer can help you through the process and vouch for your ability.

 

To live and work in Malaysia as a foreigner, you must get an Employment Pass:

To get an Employment Pass, you must have a contract with a Malaysian company secured before applying. Your Employment Pass will span your work contract for up to five years. You must be approved to fill a local position by the Expatriate Committee before being granted an employment pass. You can only work for the employer who you filed for your pass with but you are able to sponsor family members during your stay.

Here is the process for approval:

  • Your company will set up (or already has) an account with the ESD.
  • Use your employers account to login here and submit your application.
  • You will detail your position (with the help of your employer) and submit all documents (detailed below).
  • Submit and wait for approval. This usually takes 5 business days.
  • Print your approval letter, pay fees, and have passport endorsed at ESD office.

Here is the documentation necessary:

  • Your original employment contract
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two passport sized photos
  • Your resume
  • Immigration form DP11
  • Copy of educational certificates
  • Processing fee of about $12 in form of cheque

All of these documents are submitted online. The total processing time for a decision is 5 days, after that, it’s just a matter of getting your passport endorsed at an office and paying the fee!

For Highly Qualified Professionals: Entry Permit:

For those highly qualified professionals who are considered experts or highly educated in their field, there is an option to enter and live permanently in Malaysia with an Entry Permit.

There are three categories of professionals who can apply for this:

  1. Investors: Requires a $2 million investment in a Malaysian bank and one local sponsor.
  2. Experts: Any individual with “World Class” ability recognized by an international organization, requires recognition from a relevant agency in Malaysia, requires a certificate of good conduct from home country, and one Malaysia sponsor.

  3. Professionals: This is anyone with outstanding skill in their field, requires recognition from a relevant agency in Malaysia, requires a certificate of good conduct from home country, one Malaysia sponsor, and have work in any government agency or private company for at least three years in Malaysia.

 

To qualify there is a point system (minimum score of 65) based on these areas:

  • Age
  • Qualification
  • Length of stay/contract
  • Value of total investment
  • Work experience
  • Proficiency in local language

 

The process to apply:

  • Submit application to Immigration Department of Malaysia in Malaysia
  • Submit personalized cover letter
  • Interview with Immigration Department
  • Recommendation from Relevant Agency

 

The entire process for this permit but be taken care of in person in Malaysia so it is best to do this after your planned arrival and bring all necessary documentation with you.

For skilled work, those are the two best options for getting a visa for a long term stay in Malaysia. There are other more restricted options for unskilled work but you must be from a short list of other asian countries and they positions are limited to age and even sex. You can take a look here. If you’re Australian, you have a special deal as well. You can apply to travel and work here

For any other foreigners looking for a taste of international work and tropical weather, it is best to look for a job before beginning the visa process for an easy time getting residency. You can search for open positions with Malaysian companies willing to sponsor foreign talent here.

 

Austria Visa Guide

Last year, Austria was serious wanted to kick up the international business environment with a $204 million program just last year to help attract foreign companies and startups. They’re doing the same for foreign talent with visa programs that support highly skilled workers, recently graduated professionals, startup founders, and self-employed workers. No matter what direction you’re looking to take, Austria has a program for you.

The lifestyle of Austria is not something you want to miss out of a chance to experience, either. Vienna has been named the city offering the highest quality of life for eight years in a row. According to many, it literally does not get better than this. Salaries are high, the architecture is considered among the most beautiful in the world, and the social and food scene is inviting and top notch. Look for jobs in Vienna now to get in on an incredible career opportunity and life experience

 

Here’s a little bit more about your many options for immigrating to Austria:

 

Very Highly Qualified Working Visas:

To be considered a very highly qualified worker, there are some criteria you need to meet. But if you do, there is a quite a bit of freedom in how you enter Austria. You may either come in with job seeker status where you have time to find a job of your choosing or your may come in with an employment contract and get your residency card issued before you get there. You are judged based on a point system. You need a total of 70 points.

 

Here are the point-earning qualifications:

  • Four year degree from institute in the subjects of math, science, informatics, or technology or a PhD (more points)
  • A former salary between 50-70,000 euros (more points for higher).
  • Research
  • Awards
  • Work experience in Austria
  • German and English knowledge
  • Studies in Austria

After confirming you qualify, you can apply at your local Austrian embassy.

 

Here are the documents you will submit:

  • Your passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of local accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of adequate finances
  • Your diploma or certificate
  • Proof of salary (tax assessment notice)
  • This visa form
  • 220 euros for your total fees

Once you submit all documentation and it is approved, you will be issues a Job Seeker visa or, if you get a job during your visa time, you can apply for your Residency card right away. If not, you will get this when you confirm employment in Austria.

 

Skilled Workers in Shortage Occupations:

Every year, a new list of shortage occupations is released. If you fill one of these rolls, there’s a good chance you will find the visa process easy. Right now, there is a focus on engineering and data. Here is the full list. To obtain this visa, you must secure an employment offer in Austria and earn at least 55 points with your qualifications.

Here are the point-earning qualifications:

  • Education/vocational training in shortage skill
  • Work experience (more points for more)
  • Knowledge of the German or English language
  • Age (older = less points)

After confirming you qualify, you can apply at your local Austrian embassy. Your employer will submit a separate application.

Here are the documents you will submit:

  • Your passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of local accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of adequate finances
  • Certificate/Degree
  • Proof of work experience
  • Your work contract.
  • Proof of language ability
  • 220 euros for your total fees
  • This form.

 

Once you submit all documentation and it is approved, you will be issued a residency card per the terms of your employment contract that will be given to you before you move.

Additional Key Workers:

If you find a job in Austria, you will be able to apply for a visa as a “key worker”. To qualify for this, you will need an employment contract, be the best candidate for the job (more so than an Austrian registered with Public Service Employment), and rack up 50 points in the points test.

 

Here are some of the point-earning qualifications:

  • Completing of training/degree.
  • Work experience (more points for more experience)
  • Knowledge of the German or English language
  • Age (older = less points)

 

After confirming you qualify, you can apply at your local Austrian embassy. Your employer will submit a separate application.

 

Here are the documents you’ll need to submit when you apply:

  • Your passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of local accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of adequate finances
  • Certificate/Degree
  • Proof of work experience
  • Your work contract.
  • Proof of language ability
  • 120 euros for your total fees
  • This form.

 

Once you submit all documentation and it is approved, you will be issued a residency card per the terms of your employment contract that will be given to you before you move.

 

Self-Employed Key Workers:

Yes, you can work for yourself in Austria! As long as you provide the skills Austrian businesses need! To qualify for this visa, you must prove you intend to make a capital investment of at least 100,000 euros, create new jobs in Austria, and introduce new technologies. There is no points system with this visa.

After confirming you qualify, you can apply at your local Austrian embassy.

Here are the documents you’ll need to submit when you apply:

  • Your passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of local accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of adequate finances
  • Your complete business plan including market analysis
  • Proof of your qualification or experience
  • Any necessary licenses
  • 120 euros for fees
  • This application form

Once you submit all documentation and it is approved, you will be issued a residency card. This card will grant you two years in Austria, after which, you may apply for permanent residency!

 

Startup Founders:

Yes, even Austria has a startup scheme! If you want the highest quality of life and a perfect place to build your startup, you’ve found it! To prove you’re a good candidate for this visa, you need to show that you will be bringing something new and innovative to Austria through a complete business plan, show you will be in charge of management, prove you will be investing at least 50,000 euros and retaining 50% ownership, and score at least 50 points on the points test.

 

Here are the point-earning qualifications:

  • A four year degree
  • Work experience
  • English or German language skills
  • Admission to an Austrian incubator
  • Evidence of capital investment

 

After confirming you qualify, you can apply at your local Austrian embassy.

Here are the documents you’ll need to submit when you apply:

  • Your passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of local accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of adequate finances
  • Diploma/certificates
  • Licences
  • Proof of investment
  • Proof of admission into incubator
  • 120 euros for your fees
  • This form

 

Once you submit all documentation and it is approved, you will be issued a residency card. This card will grant you two years in Austria, after which, you may apply for permanent residency!

Overall, the process is very straightforward and there are plenty of options depending on what your plan is in Austria. If you’re not planning on starting a company, it’s always advised to look for jobs in Austria ahead of time. Search Austrian companies who want to foreign talent here.

Here are some additional resources to help you:

Find your local embassy

Prove you know English or German

The shortage occupation list

 

Denmark Visa Guide

Denmark is a much sought after country to work in as the lifestyle is highly ranked by residence and immigrants. The Danish job market is quite solid and unemployment is low compared to many other countries in Europe. Denmark is joining the wave of startup-friendly countries as well with new business regulation and visa schemes that help foreign talents support a new startup industry in Denmark.

If you’re a recent graduate wanting to buff up your resume or a professional with years of work experience looking for something new, Denmark may have what you’re looking for. It is a bit of a process to be hired by a Danish company, however. It is highly recommended you look for, get in touch with, and secure offers with Danish companies far in advance to making any further plans to have the easiest experience possible.

You can search for Danish companies with vacancies seeking foreign talents right here to start.

In most cases, you will need both a residence visa and work permit to work in Denmark. There are a few different schemes, especially for highly qualified professionals, you can look at Denmark offers that may be a good fit for you:

1. Your best bet is the Positives List:

The Positives List is a list of areas surveyed from Danish employers that are experiencing shortages of local talent and are willing to accept foreign talent to help fill. If you find a job offer in one of these positions and meet education qualifications, you will find it very easy to get in.

Here is a full list of jobs currently on the Positives List.

For almost all positions on the Positives List you need a degree equivalent in that field and/or three years experience. Here you can see the entire list of requirements with positions.

 

The other qualifications are:

  • You must get an unlimited job contract.
  • If not, the duration of your permit will be the duration of your contract.

 

Here is the process:

  • You employer opens a “case” for you and gives you a case application ID
  • You fill out an application using the number.
  • You pay the processing fee and submit application at a Danish Embassy.
  • You can follow your application’s progress on MyPage.

 

Your employer will be simultaneously handling their side of your application and submitting documents. It is advised to have your passport updated (not expiring within 3 months), education qualifications, current residency, and past work experience documents ready.

 

StartUp Denmark: Entrepreneur’s Visa

As previously mentioned, Denmark is quite supportive of startups and entrepreneurs. There is a visa scheme just for entrepreneurs. Your idea must be approved by the Danish Business Authority. Your business cannot be a small shop, restaurant, bar, or other consumer service. It must be innovative and a significant investment in Denmark. Here is more on the criteria. You can upload your business plan to the portal for approval.

 

Further qualifications:

  • Must be able to prove you can financially support yourself for a year.
  • You must prove you are vital to the day to day operations of the business.

 

You will be able to get this visa for 2 years with a 3 year extension possible. You may also sponsor certain family members.

 

Here is the process:

After receiving approval, you can make travel plans and pick up your card.

 

Trainees:

You can get some internship and training experience in Denmark as well if you would like to boost your international resume. There are plenty of small companies and startups looking to go global that would love a help from foreign talent.

Here are the qualifications:

  • It must be with a Danish company.
  • They must provide reasons for choosing you.
  • They must have a partnership/agreement with a company in your country of residence.
  • They must have clientele in your country of residence.
  • You must be part of an program with the company and you must provide details.
  • Salary and work conditions must meet Danish standards.
  • Your internships must last less than 24 months.

The process:

  • You employer opens a “case” for you and gives you a case application ID.
  • You fill out an application using the number.
  • You pay the processing fee and submit application at a Danish Embassy.
  • You can follow your application’s progress on MyPage.
  • You will be approved and you can pick up your card at the embassy before travel plans.

As with most visa processes, it is always helpful to have an employer well in advance who can help you through the process and vouch for your eligibility. You are much more likely to be successful in countries like Denmark. Search here now to all employers in Denmark hiring foreign professionals!

 

Poland Visa Guide

Just last year, Forbes reported Poland was on track to becoming a major tech hub in Europe, joining fellow startup and entrepreneurship-friendly countries like Germany and the Netherlands. Warsaw has become home to a Google Campus, a clear sign of a growing digital hub. With a strong startup infrastructure and attractive options for foreign talent growing, Poland is set to take a piece of the action.

 

Join the hype by seeking a new career opportunity abroad in Poland! There are plenty of companies in Warsaw and other incredible cities seeking foreign workers to fill positions now that will help sponsor visas. The Polish government is supportive of new innovative companies and new talent.

 

There are several options for both living and working in Poland you can take a look at below:

 

Firstly, to live in Poland you need a residence permit. This permit allows you to live but not necessarily work in Poland. You apply for a residence permit and the Polish government decides to grant you one for several reasons including work, family, extended vacation, etc.

 

Since it’s likely you will want to be working while living long term in Poland, we are going to focus on the process for getting a work and residence permit in Poland. With a job offer or approved business investment in Poland, you will be granted a permit for some time between one and three years. It is renewable.

 

Here is how you apply for a temporary residence permit:

Here’s the interesting thing: you must apply for your temporary residence permit in person. So, if you intend to have a job in Poland, it is recommended that you have a job offer settled before arriving.

 

Here is the process (it’s quite straightforward):

  1. Find your local office.
  2. Bring all necessary documents with you (listed below).
  3. Wait for processing (about one month).
  4. Pay the fee of PLN 340 (about $95 USD).

 

Documents necessary:

  • Four completed copies of the application.
  • Three copies of your passport and the original.
  • Four color photographs (passport photos).

 

You will likely want to be working the month that you are waiting for this to process. Below we will explain the process for obtaining your work permit after you’ve found a job:

 

Getting a work permit in Poland:

If you want to work on your temporary visa, you will need a work permit. There are four types of work permits available:

 

  1. For those under an employment contract – Type A.
  2. Those working as a board member in Poland between 6 and 12 months – Type B.
  3. International transfers in a company with an office in Poland – Type C.
  4. A temporary worker for a company with no official branch – Type D.

 

You are more than likely going to be Type A. Here’s the best part about that: your employer applies for your work permit for you!

 

You will, however, need to help your employer out with a few documents that you will supply. These include:

  • A filled out application form.
  • Your passport copied.
  • Your certifications of qualification (as specified by your employer, likely).

 

The rest your employer will need to take care of for you. After processing, both you and your employer will receive copies. This permit is for up to three years and your employer must apply for further renewal within one month of expiration. A work permit should be applied for within one month of the beginning of your work/stay in Poland.

 

As you can see from the process above, to migrate to Poland, it is best to secure a position before your arrival and have your employer help get your work permit so you can secure your residence permit easily and quickly. This is necessary as everything is done at an official office, in person. You have time once your arrive to process everything together!

Here are some further resource to help you:

The application form for work permit

The application form for residence permit

How to find your local office

 

Singapore Visa Guide

Singapore is the island powerhouse of the South Pacific, known for attracting a ton of foreign interest in the forms of both business and tourism. Tech in Asia is a hot topic with Singapore at the front with a growing startup scene. There are so many opportunities for developing a career and impressive international resume with so many companies seeking talent from other countries.

Singapore offers a really interesting Eastern culture mixed with a tropical landscape, climate, and impressive city. It’s a great place to start an exciting few years of international work for professionals of any experience level.

To work in Singapore, it is best to have an employer to help you get a work pass or permit. Search jobs hiring and sponsoring foreign talent in Singapore now here. Your employer will likely in most cases need to apply for you.

 

Professional Employment Pass:

This visa is for professionals with a job offer in Singapore making over $3600. This is normally offered for two years, is renewable, and you can sponsor family. This is for all managerial, executive or specialised jobs. You must prove adequate qualifications for your position. You can check your probably eligibility here.

Here are the document you’ll need to gather:

  • Passport pages copied
  • Company’s business profile
  • Your educational certificates

 

Your employer will apply online for you and the process should take about 3-8 weeks. After you arrive, you will be able to pick up your card. After you get your card, you can personally apply for additional visas for family.

 

EntrePass:

This is the official visa for anyone wanting to start their own business in Singapore. You do not need to declare a minimum salary. You are able to get two years on this visa before renewal. You must plan to register your company with the ACRA. If you already have, your company must be less than 6 months old.

There are three types of entrepreneurs who can enter on this visa:

  1. Entrepreneur are anyone who:

  • Has funding from government-recognized VC or angel investor.
  • Is at an incubator recognized by the government.
  • Is able to prove business or entrepreneurial record.
  1. Innovators:

  • Hold intellectual property.
  • Has research collab with research institutes in Singapore.
  • Have extraordinary achievements in industry.
  1. Investors:

  • Can prove investment track record.

 

No food, nightlife, massage parlors, or employment agencies are allowed.

 

Here are the documents you need to produce:

  • Proof of professional experience or education.
  • Proof of intellectual property.
  • Business plan outlining product/service, market analysis, and licensing, market plan, operation plan, financial projections, and management team.
  • Passport

 

Submitting this will cost $70 and a fee of up to $150 when your pass is issued. Usually, this takes about 8 weeks to process. To apply, submit an EntrePass application form  with your documents to a local Singpost branch.

 

Personalized Employment Pass:

This visa if for high-earners and offers a bit for freedom than an employment pass. You can apply directly and must make over $18,000 a month. This will get you three years and is not renewable. You can hold a job in any sector and do not need to cancel and renew your pass if you move around jobs.

Submitting this will cost $70 and a fee of up to $150 when your pass is issued. Usually, this takes about 8 weeks to process.

Here are the documents you will need:

  • Passport
  • Educational certificates
  • Employment history
  • Latest 3 months of salary slips
  • Latest tax statements

 

You can submit all of these at your local SingPost branch. You will have 6 months to get your pass issued!

 

S Pass:

The S Pass visa is perfect for recent graduates looking for foreign work experience. This visa requires that you have a job offer with an employer who will apply for you. Search for vacancies looking to sponsor here. Your contract must say you will earn at least $2,200 a month and this pass is valid for up to two years. You may renew after that.

 

You will need to prove:

  • You have a degree or diploma in your skill.
  • You have work experience.
  • You will be making the minimum.   

 

Check your eligibility here.

 

To apply you will need:

  • Your passport
  • Your company’s business profile (handled by your company)
  • You education certificates.

Your employer will apply for you and the process will take up to 8 weeks!

The process for Singapore is straightforward and there are many different ways to enter and work legally. However, for those not planning to open a startup, it is recommended to get in touch with an employer right away for their help with a visa. Search Singapore companies looking for foreign talent here.

Japan Visa Guide

Japan and Japanese culture hold a positive and intriguing connotation for the rest of the world. With a culture known for an interesting western flair mixed with eastern tradition, Japan never ceases to stop drawing global attention. A recently popular travel destination, it’s not surprising many are also looking for bigger and longer lasting opportunities in Japan as well.

Even more so, Japan’s world famous efficiency and technological edge make it an attractive work/stay destination for the tech world. Even the very traditional and conservative culture of Japan is opening it’s doors to the world of startups and foreign talent. The career opportunities are abundant as a result.

Here are some of the best visa options available for young professionals and the run down on each:

 

Highly Skilled Professional Visa:

If you have a higher education background and work experience, this is the visa for you. You will be granted five years on this visa and can sponsor family for other visas to come with you.

Before you apply for this visa, you turn in a Certificate of Eligibility to a Regional Immigration Bureau to  be assessed by the Ministry of Japan to see that you meet qualifications. This is based on a point system.

There are three categories you can rack up points in:

  • Advanced academic research
  • Advanced specialized and technical abilities
  • Advanced business management activities

Curious to see how you do? Check out the points calculation form here.

Here’s the whole process:

  1. Turn in application for issuance of a certificate of eligibility
  2. Submit point calculation form
  3. Forms are examined by Regional Immigration Bureau
  4. You are issued a certificate of eligibility
  5. You can apply for full visa at an embassy and plan your trip.

The documents you will need are to turn into the embassy with you are:

  • Your passport
  • Visa application form
  • One photograph
  • Certificate of Eligibility – both the original and a copy

 

Working Visa:

The working visa is available for a wide range of professionals including: professors, artists, religious professionals, journalists, business managers, lawyers or accountants, medical professionals, researchers, instructors of a variety, and engineers or specialists in humanities/International services.

If you fall into one of those categories, this visa is an option for you. However, the periods of time you are able to stay may vary.

The general process is the same for those who are classified as Highly Skilled Professionals. It is helpful to have an employer submit your Certificate of Eligibility form as well. Search for jobs looking to sponsor foreign talents in Japan here.

Here’s the whole process:

  1. You or an employer turn in application for issuance of a certificate of eligibility
  2. Submit point calculation form
  3. Forms are examined by Regional Immigration Bureau
  4. You are issued a certificate of eligibility
  5. You can apply for full visa at an embassy and plan your trip.

The documents you will need are to turn into the embassy with you are:

  • Your passport
  • Visa application form
  • One photograph
  • Certificate of Eligibility – both the original and a copy

General Visa:

If you are fresh out of school or still studying and are looking for international experience, you can do an unpaid internship or training in Japan as well! For this, you will apply for a general visa which will grant you between 6 months and a year.

The process is similar to working and highly skilled visas. It’s recommended you have your employer or program help you with the Certificate of Eligibility.

Here’s the whole process:

  1. You or an employer turn in application for issuance of a certificate of eligibility
  2. Submit point calculation form
  3. Forms are examined by Regional Immigration Bureau
  4. You are issued a certificate of eligibility
  5. You can apply for full visa at an embassy and plan your trip.

The documents you will need are to turn into the embassy with you are:

  • Your passport
  • Visa application form
  • One photograph
  • Certificate of Eligibility – both the original and a copy

There are no visa fees and the general processing time is 4-5 business days when you submit with approved Certificate of Eligibility. It’s incredibly efficient; very Japan!

 

Here are some resources mentioned:

Search for a local embassy here

Certificate of Eligibility form here

Hong Kong Visa Guide

With a new capitalist approach that’s emerge over the last few decades, Hong Kong has become a hotbed for tech activity, attracting more than just the local workforce. There is a huge demand for tech skills brewing. Tech number one in demand skill in Hong Kong is software developers. Other top roles includes those who have skills in designing brilliant UI/UX and customer service experiences.

If you can bring the creativity and some technical experience, Hong Kong will gladly welcome you! And you will be rewarded. Salaries are expected to increase by 5% within the next year. Nonetheless, having Chinese business experience under your belt, no matter where you’re from, is a huge boost to your resume.

So, if you’re ready for a completely different living and professional experience in a city with one of the most interesting cultures, take a look at which options are best for you:

Admission for Professionals:

To be eligible for admission as a professional into Hong Kong, there are some general guidelines:

  • You must not have a criminal record.
  • You must have a degree in your field.
  • There must be vacancy for your job.
  • You must secure an employment contract for a position related to your qualifications – search hiring Hong Kong employers here.
  • Your offer must meet market standards in Hong Kong.

 

General Employment Policy:

If you meet the qualifications above, you may be able to enter Hong Kong under a General Employment Policy, the most common professional visa. Under this visa, you may also sponsor dependents including children under 18 and a spouse.

Total time for processing: 4 weeks

Here’s the process:

  1. Submit application form. Your employer will submit the other.
  2. You will also need to submit: recent passport photo, photocopy of your passport, proof of academic qualification.
  3. You will submit all of these documents at a local Chinese embassy while your employer submits theirs in China.
  4. You will pay a fee to begin processing – normally $190.

After your time expires, you may request an extension to continue living in Hong Kong.

GEP Entrepreneurs:

Hong Kong is extremely supportive of foreign entrepreneurs wanting to invest in Hong Kong. The general qualifications to obtain a GEP visa as an entrepreneur are:

  • Good educational background.
  • Intention to make a big contribution to the Hong Kong economy.

Here are some of the factors that are considered:

  • Validity of your business plan.
  • How much you have invested.
  • How new and innovative your technology/process is.
  • The number of jobs you plan to create.
  • Your financial resources.
  • Your current revenue (if any).

You are significantly more likely to succeed with this visa if you plan to join one of Hong Kong’s government-backed incubators and programs such as InvestHK. This helps in finding a local sponsor for you and your company. Your sponsor must be a local resident over 18.

Processing time: 4 weeks.

Here’s the process:

  1. You submit an ID 999A form to a local embassy along with all documents.
  2. Your sponsor submits an lD 999B.
  3. You will pay your fee ($190-200) and wait 4 weeks for approval.

The documents you need to submit to a local embassy:

  • Recent passport photo
  • Proof of academic qualifications/work experience.
  • Proof of financial stability (bank statements).
  • Detailed 2 year business/investment plan.
  • Photocopies of any business activity proof: contracts, financial reports, etc.
  • Certificate of incorporation and business registration.
  • Letter from government-backed program.

Once all documents are received and the fee is paid, you will have 4 weeks to wait for approval before you make your move! If you are being supported by a government-backed program, there will be a lot of help to get started.

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme:

If you have yet to secure a job offer, but still want to get started and settled into Hong Kong before you do so, you can enter on a QMAS visa. For this visa, you will need to prove your qualification and contribution with two points tests.

Before you test, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be over 18.
  • Prove financial stability.
  • No criminal record.
  • Be proficient in Chinese or English.
  • Good educational qualification.
  1. General Points Test: Check out how you do here. The minimum mark is 80. The factors at play here include age, academic or professional qualification, work experience, language, and family background.
  2. Achievement-Based Points Test: These are very rare, high qualifications. Just one will award you 195 points.

 

The process:

  1. Prove you meet prerequisites and pass points tests online. Submit this form.
  2. Selection exercises will determine where you stand in the quota.
  3. If you pass, you will be issued a Approval-in-Principle letter.
  4. If all your documentation is approved, you will be issued a visa.  

Here is a self-assessment tool to help see where you stand for this visa.

 

Whether you’re looking to secure a long-term position in Hong Kong or want to explore your options after setting up a new life, there are plenty of ways Hong Kong will support you in beginning a new experience here. For professionals around the world, work experience in Hong Kong is both desirable and possible with the amount of opportunities available. Search all recently posted job opportunities that will sponsor at VisaOk.in to find the one right for you.

 

United Arab Emirates Visa Guide

If a country could be “trending”, United Arab Emirates has been, making a very successful PR run in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Plenty of people are making Dubai and Abu Dhabi not only a vacation spot, but a place to expand on career in an entirely new and different market. Dubai, with a massive immigrant population and demand for western companies, products, and services, is a perfect place to look for additional opportunities as an English speaking professional.

With rising salaries and an increasing demand for foreign skill, you’re likely to find something that works for both your bank account and your resume.

Below you’ll find the steps and options for getting a work visa to the UAE as well as some tips on how to get set up!

At this point, there is no permanent residency available in the UAE unless you are bringing your own company or you are buying property. This makes the process incredibly simple for you actually: there’s one recommended route for young professionals.

The only way is to get a work and residency permit:

For this, you will need to look for a job and secure a contract with a company before planning your move. Your employer will then submit application to start the process. All together, the process should take 2 weeks before you’re able to make your way over.

Here’s the whole process:

  1. You are issued a work permit which allows you to begin working upon arrival for two months.
  2. Your sponsoring company will arranges all the rest: medical tests, residence card, and labour card within 60 days. You will need a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of your arrival.
  3. After this, you can sponsor family.
  4. Generally, this is for two years.

Really, the process is incredibly simple for professionals moving over. Almost everything is handled by your sponsoring company. You just need to worry about having a valid passport and finding a sponsoring employer.

You can search for sponsoring jobs right now in the UAE right here: VisaOk.in.

 

Sweden Visa Guide

Known for it’s overall friendly demeanor and progressive society, Sweden is a popular travel, work, and relocation destination for those in and out of Europe. It has a really logical and open policy for work and long term residency. All work permits also allow your family to come along. If you’re from the EU, you are able to live and work here without a work permit. If you’re not, Sweden is a great option for experienced professionals wanting a new family experience. Stockholm boasts a growing tech scene, opening the door to more necessary foreign talent.

If you’re thinking about a new, interesting European adventure, here are the options for you to work and live in beautiful Sweden:

Work Permits and Visas for all non-EU prospective residents:

If you’re coming into Sweden from elsewhere, your first step is to get a work permit. You will need to look for a sponsoring company.

Here are the qualifications:

  • Your job offer must have been looking in the EU for at least 10 days (to give EU priority).
  • The terms of your employment match Swedish regulation
  • You job must pay you at least 13,000 SEK a month

Here is the process:

  1. Get your employment offer
  2. Submit your application online or at an embassy
  3. Wait for a decision
  4. Submit information for your visa and residence card!

Here are the documents of your application:

  • A completed application form
  • All pages of your passport
  • Your offer of employment
  • Your application fee – between 1,000 and 2,000 SEK

All children under or family members financially dependent on you may join you with their own visa applications! You may also apply for an extension at the end of your stay.

 

Working Holiday Visa:

If you’re from certain countries, you can apply for something much more temporary and fun! A working holiday visa allows you to travel and make money to travel for a year in Sweden without a set employment contract.

Those from Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, or South Korea from age 18-30 are welcome to apply.

Here’s what you need to apply:

  • A valid passport
  • At least 15,000 SEK to support yourself
  • Enough money or a pre-paid for return ticket
  • A health insurance policy (Australia not included)
  • 1000 SEK for the fee

You will apply online!

Overall, the process and types of visas for Sweden are some of the most simple in Europe. As always, it is recommended that you search for a job before beginning the process, as it is easier and more helpful to have employment taken care of from the start! Search VisaOk for companies with new positions open looking to sponsor now!

Here are a few other resources:

Canada Visa Guide

Every election in the United States, there’s a running joke of “I’m moving to Canada”, but there’s actually some really brilliant reasons to pick up and move to Canada. Opportunities for tech jobs and business are plenty in Canada and the lifestyle is highly sought after.

Canada’s tech scene has had their eye on foreign talents for quite some time and the Canadian government is very supportive of innovative new companies and international perspectives.

If you want to bring your expertise to Canada, they will gladly trade you for a beautiful new home and vibrant community.

Check out the options below to find out which is best for you!

 

Work Visa Permits:

It is best to come in under a trade agreement with a skillset approved by one of these three trade agreements: NAFTA, GATs, and other trade agreements.

You apply for a work permit visa at anytime from your home country or during your 3 month visitor permit in Canada, as long as you give yourself 30 days before it expires. The work permit grants you the right to stay and work in Canada for the extent of your permit.

To be eligible you must:

  • Show you have enough money to support your stay and way out
  • Have no record of criminal activity
  • Be in good health
  • Work for an eligible employer
  • Provide the documents your local visa office requests of you.

 

There are two types of work permits:

  1. Open Work Permits: allows you to work for anyone who is eligible to sponsor.

There are generally only available to those who are already have permanent residency, have a family member or spouse with permanent residency, are young workers in special programs, or are refugees.

  1. Employer Specific Work Permits (more likely): allows you to work for a specific employer for the amount of time and location agreed upon in your contract.

 

Here’s the process:

  1. Get your documents together:
  • Proof of education – your degree or certificate
  • A copy of your Labor Marketing Impact Assessment or employer number (handled through employer)
  • A statement of your job offer
  1. Get your application package: Find the application online for either applying from inside Canada or outside Canada
  1. Pay your fee online here.
  2. Submit your application via mail to a VAC in your country or near you in Canada.

 

Express Entry:

Express entry is perfect for skilled workers looking for a temporary work period in Canada that may eventually be able to turned into a permanent residency. This is a way to “test out” Canada.This is a pool and points system. You need to rack up points to qualify to be invited to apply. It also helps to be in touch with companies looking for candidates ahead of time.

Here is the process:

  1. Enter your skill sets and validation
  2. Begin looking for jobs via job listings.
  3. Get invited from selection in the pool.

 

Your application will stay in the pool waiting for 12 months. After, you can reapply. As always, it is advised to seek sponsorship through an employment contract for the best luck!

 

International Experience Canada:

If you’re young and just getting started, this is a great option to explore Canada for a bit and get some valuable work experience on your resume. For this, your country will have to be one that works with this program.

 

There are three routes you can take with this:

 

  1. Work Holiday: essentially, they offer you an open work visa so you can work and live in more than one location. This is for those who want to work odd jobs while taking an extended vacation in Canada.

 

  1. Young Professionals: This is if you already have an offer with a company in an industry you’re looking to gain experience in. You can work at their location during your stay in Canada.

 

  1. International Co-Op Internship: This is for those of you working and finishing studies. You will need an internship offer with a Canadian company. This indership needs to be vital to the completion of your studies. You will need to be in a post-secondary school.

 

Check here what is available for you based on your home country.

Additionally, here is a list of organizations that can help place you for this process.

Here’s the process:

  1. Determine your eligibility.
  2. Submit a profile to one or multiple pools.
  3. Wait to be invited to apply.
  4. Apply and make travel plans.

As you can see, there are a good amount of relatively flexible options for work and travel in the Canada for many nations around the world. The process is relatively easy and there is plenty of opportunity available for many skillsets. As always, you can search for companies hiring and sponsoring right now here at VisaOk.in to help get you abroad!

 

Visa Guide: the Netherlands

Over the last few years, the Netherlands is a particularly intriguing place for people from all over the world, but particularly western countries. The English speaking community and laid back yet productive lifestyle is attractive for many young professionals looking for a place to build a career and comfortable lifestyle. With recent changes in Europe’s political landscape and an exodus of tech talent from price-surging Silicon Valley, has made Amsterdam a unexpected hotbed for tech. Startups left and right are making Amsterdam home base. Established tech giants like Uber are calling Amsterdam their European HQ.

All of this means big job opportunities with higher salaries than the rest of Europe, on average.

The Netherlands is a wonderful place for English speakers to make a career change for some international experience. Look for all available jobs here.

To help you feel comfortable with the process and get to know your options, here’s a brief yet complete visa guide:

 

Highly Skilled Migrant Visa:

This is for those who have extensive education and experience in their field and are looking for a long term career/living situation.

To qualify you must:

  • Have a contract with an employer that is a recognized sponsor.
  • Prove you will be earning an income from this employer long-term.
  • Prove you are making at least market salary.

It’s quite straightforward just like Netherlands’ culture. Your employer will actually be providing you with help throughout the process more so than other visa processes.

The total cost for your visa application is 926 euros.

Here is the process:

  1. Your employer submits the first documents for a permanent residence permit.
  2. Wait for confirmation.
  3. Receive your provisional residence permit and make your travel plans!
  4. Apply for permanent residence and pay fee.
  5. Receive your permanent residency permit and register with your municipality where you’ll be living with your birth certificate.
  6. Prove you don’t have TB.
  7. Register for health insurance within 4 months.
  8. You’re good for up to 5 years!

 

Start up Visa:

One of the reasons the Netherlands is doing big things in the tech world right now is because of their extremely supportive government. There are visas particularly for startups that help you chase your dream life and found your company with the help of the Netherlands easily. With this visa, you have a year to start up your company in the Netherlands with the supervision of a facilitator – like a mentor.

You will get a ton of support from the government with your company including grants and among the best infrastructure in the world. It’s the ultimate tech startup immigration package, really.

Here’s what you need:

Your application will cost a total of 371 euros.

Here’s the steps of the process:

  1. Apply for your provisional residence permit.
  2. Wait for a decision.
  3. Collect your permit and move!
  4. Apply for your visa and turn in all documents regarding your startup.
  5. Receive your permanent residency permit and register with your municipality where you’ll be living with your birth certificate.
  6. Prove you don’t have TB.
  7. Register for health insurance within 4 months.
  8. You’re good for up to 1 year and then you apply for self-employment residency visa.

 

Self-Employment Visa:

If you’ve founded your startup and you’re making an established income, it’s time to apply for your self-employment visa. If you’re moving an already established business to the Netherlands this is for you as well. This is a great option for freelancers.

Here’s what you need to prove:

  • You are an asset to the Netherlands though a scoring system. Gain points by:  
    • Personal experience
    • Business plan
    • Proof you’re innovating and investing in the Netherlands
  • You have all necessary licenses.
  • You can financially support yourself.

If you’re a freelancer you must also prove long term commissions in the Netherlands.

This application will cost 1319 euros.

Here is the process:

  1. Apply for your provisional residence permit.
  2. Wait for a decision.
  3. Collect your permit and move!
  4. Apply for your visa and turn in all documents regarding your startup.
  5. Receive your permanent residency permit and register with your municipality where you’ll be living with your birth certificate.
  6. Prove you don’t have TB.
  7. Register for health insurance within 4 months.
  8. You’re good for up to 2 years!

 

As you can see, the Netherlands is one of the most business and tech friendly nations in terms of granting foreign talent visas. Whether you’re looking for a great new job opportunity in an innovative startup or a freelancer looking for a change of pace, the Netherlands’ doors are open!

 

Search for the latest tech job listings that will help sponsor you here.