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Decoding work visa options for four top countries

Posted on November 11, 2019
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Work AbroadWhen looking at options to work abroad, there are many factors to consider: ways to find a job in the countries you have in mind, knowledge of the job market in those countries, tools to help you find a job and most important information about work visas in your target countries. In fact, the intricacies of obtaining a work visa can be the deciding factor on where you want to move abroad for work.

This post will give you a general idea about the work visa requirements for four popular work abroad destinations:


Navigating the application process and visa requirements for the Australian work visa can be a maze because the country offers 21 work visa options.  So, if you are considering the option of working in Australia, you must understand the various visa options available.  As a skilled worker, you will be eligible for these work visa options:

Study the eligibility requirements for each type of visa and pick the one that is most suitable to your requirement and check of you meet the eligibility criteria. If you have been nominated by an employer, you must submit the nomination or sponsorship from online before you apply for the visa. You must have all the relevant and supporting documents before you submit your application.


Canada offers two work permits- Open Work Permits and Employer-specific Work Permits. The Open Work Permit visa is not specific to a job and allows you to work for any employer in Canada. The exceptions are companies that have failed to meet specific government conditions or operate in restricted industries.

 Employer-specific work permits allow you to work for a specific employer for a specific period and sometimes only in a specific location.

 For this visa, you might have to attend an interview if the immigration officials want to ensure that you will go back when your open work permit expires.


Germany too offers several visa options based on your country of origin. Those belonging to EU nations do not need a work visa or permit to work in Germany. Those from non-EU nations must apply for a work visa. The application must be made before you move to the country.

If you already have a job offer in Germany and are a graduate or post-graduate, then you can apply for an EU Blue Card before you move to Germany.

Another option is to opt for the Jobseeker Visa. This visa allows jobseekers to come and stay in Germany for six months and search for a job. Once you get a job you can convert this visa into a work permit.

United States of America

 The US offers four broad categories of work visas. If you want to work in a specific industry for a specific period, then you can opt for the Temporary Employment Visa. If you are an applicant coming under approved programs such as teachers, professors etc. Then you will be eligible for an Exchange Visitor Visa.

Members of the foreign media coming to the US for an assignment will be eligible for media visas.  for those who want to carry out treaty-based trade, there is the trade treaty visa.

A visa application to the US requires attending an interview at the US embassy.

When considering the option to work abroad, work visas are crucial to a smooth and hassle-free life when you work in a foreign country. You must invest time and effort in the visa application process to get the right visa for your needs.

 Get the help of an immigration expert who can help you understand the nitty-gritty of work visas for different countries.

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