The thought of getting on a crowded train each morning and sitting in an office, watching the rain pour down outside, may be enough to make some Brits want to jump ship and live abroad.
But the options out there can seem complicated and confusing, leaving many of us thinking it’s just impossible to find a way to escape the rain.
All’s not lost, however – here’s your guide to temporary and permanent visas in the most popular destinations abroad.
You have to meet certain conditions – such as having enough funds to support yourself when you first arrive, not working for more than six months with one employer, and not having a substantial criminal or medical background.
Those eligible are people who have worked as ‘specified’ workers in regional Australia for three months. This means working in a primary industry, such as plant or animal cultivation, fishing, tree farming, mining and construction work.
More information can be found on the Australian Visa Bureau website.
Skilled temporary business visa – being sponsored by an employer
There are three steps involved – lodging an employer sponsorship application, lodging a business nomination, and lodging a visa application.
This is designed for skilled workers who aren’t sponsored by an employer, and some 457 visa holders can switch to this visa if they don’t want to be held down by one company.
You must express your intent to work in a skilled occupation, as your application won’t be eligible otherwise. These areas can be found on the Australian Government website.
Other conditions include being under 50, being competent in spoken English and completing a skills points test.
Non-immigrant work visa – temporary employment
Work visas are offered to those who have been given a specific offer of employment. A petition ne to be filed and approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services before applying for the visa at a US Embassy or Consulate.
The H-1B visa is designed for those performing specialised jobs, and the H-2B is for those with a temporary or seasonal job.
Visa duration depends on the length of your employment, and typically expires once your job contract is over.
There are visas available for a range of workers – for more information, visit the US Embassy website.
Getting a residential visa to live in the US is commonly known as applying for a green card.
Those from the UK are most likely to get a green card from their family or job.
US immigration law allows US citizens to request for family members to live in the country, with eligible family members including spouses, unmarried children under 21 and parents if the citizen is over 21.
If you receive an offer for permanent employment in the US, workers can obtain a labour certification and a form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
Some specialist jobs such as armed forces, broadcasters and international organisation employees allow for green cards, and investors or entrepreneurs who plan to create and maintain 10 permanent full time US jobs can apply based on intent to invest.
To see more ways to apply for a green card, visit the US Department of Homeland Security website.
This type of permit is also applicable to those who fall under the international co-op internship category, where students completing a placement or internship in Canada as part of their qualification can travel abroad to work there.
Permanent residence visas
The skilled worker immigration programme is a points based system, where workers have to attain at least 67 points across areas such as education, English and French language ability, work experience and arranged employment.
A relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor you in order to qualify for a family class sponsorship visa.
The provincial nominee programme allows provinces to nominate immigrants who will work in areas that meet economic and labour ne.
There are three classes of business immigration visa – those who are willing to be investors, entrepreneurs wishing to maintain a business in Canada and those who are self employed, working in desired areas.
For more information, visit the Overseas Emigration website.
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Business and migrant visas
The Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa is for highly skilled young people who want to live in New Zealand, but need to find long term skilled employment before applying for a residence visa. These visas last for nine months.
The skilled migrant category resident visa is for those aged 55 or under who wish to live permanently in New Zealand. To be eligible, you need to prove you can contribute to the economic growth of the country by working in areas where there is a skills shortage.
To see which areas qualify, there is a long term skill shortage list and an immediate skill shortage list.
Those who are self employed don’t qualify, and will need to apply for an Entrepreneur Resident Visa instead.
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