Complete Guide to Job Seeker Visas

Complete Guide to Job Seeker Visas

When it comes to finding exciting job opportunities abroad, having information about countries that have robust job markets and provide specific visas for job seekers can be invaluable. Here are ten countries that offer job seeker visas, making it easier for skilled professionals to explore international career paths.

We’ll break down the eligibility criteria and provide a step-by-step application process so you can focus on getting the job. Whether it’s Australia’s SkillSelect program, Canada’s Express Entry system, or Singapore’s welcoming policies, this guide aims to simplify the journey for individuals looking to pursue job opportunities around the world.

Australia

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The SkillSelect program in this country is a good way for skilled people, especially those in mining, healthcare, and IT, to find job opportunities.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Be under 45 when applying.
2. Have a good level of English.
3. Get a positive skills assessment for a job on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List.
4. Score at least 65 points on the skilled migration points test.

Here’s how you can apply:

1. Fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) on SkillSelect. Include details about the job you want, your skills, and qualifications.
2. SkillSelect will give you a points score. If it’s high enough, Australian immigration will invite you to apply for a visa.
3. Once you get the invitation, you have 60 days to apply for the visa online.

Austria

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The Austrian Very Highly Qualified Workers scheme allows skilled workers from non-EU countries to live and work in Austria. There are many opportunities, especially for scientists, researchers, and skilled tradespeople.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Score at least 70 points on the skilled migration points test.

Here’s how you can apply:

1. Check if you meet the requirements.
2. If you’re outside Austria, apply for a visa D.
3. Once you’ve secured a job in Austria, apply for a Red-White-Red Card at the local residence authority before your visa D expires.

Canada

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Canada’s Express Entry program invites skilled professionals from around the world to come and work and settle in the country. Its lively economy and diverse society make it a popular choice for those looking for jobs.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Score 67 points or more in a points-based assessment.
2. Have worked continuously for a single employer for at least a year at a full-time (or comparable) salary.
3. Gain this experience in one of the eligible occupations.
4. Take a language test from a recognized third party and show intermediate-level language skills.
5. Have a postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate.
6. Have enough money to support yourself and any family members coming with you.

Here’s how you can apply:

1. Check if you’re eligible using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
2. Create an Express Entry profile online and wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
3. Submit an online application for Permanent Residence (PR).
4. Get ready for your arrival if your PR application is approved.

Germany

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Renowned for its strong economy and high demand for skilled professionals, especially in fields such as engineering, IT, and healthcare, Germany offers an attractive job seeker policy under the new Skilled Immigration Act. Americans can stay without a visa for 90 days to look for employment and apply for residency. If you want to stay longer, you can apply for a job seeker visa or use the new, streamlined Opportunity Card that’s even easier.

Opportunity Card

To be eligible, you need to:

Obtain at least six points to receive the Opportunity Card. The criteria are as follows:

  • Language skills
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Link to Germany

Here’s how to apply:

1. Complete the Opportunity Card calculator and follow the prompts.
2. Schedule and attend a visa interview at the German Embassy/Consulate in your home country.

Job Seeker Visa

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from a German university or an equivalent foreign degree.
2. Possess a minimum of 5 years of experience in your related field of study.
3. Demonstrate proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Germany.
4. Obtain travel or health insurance to cover your entire stay in Germany or until you receive your work permit.

Here’s how to apply:

1. Complete the application form for a job seeker visa.
2. Gather all necessary documentation, including a valid passport, proof of education, a CV, a resume, documentation attesting to your residence in Germany, proof of income, and proof of health insurance.
3. Schedule and attend a visa interview at the German Embassy/Consulate in your home country.

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is designed to draw in skilled professionals by offering fantastic job opportunities, especially in finance, trade, and logistics.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Be between 18 and 50 years old.
2. Demonstrate good character and financial independence.
3. Demonstrate fluency in written and spoken English or Chinese (Cantonese or Putonghua).
4. Have a solid academic background, preferably a first degree from an accredited university or other postsecondary education establishment.

Here’s how to apply:

1. Apply through the General Points Test.
2. Submit all necessary documents, including proof of identity, financial documentation, and educational certificates.
3. You can make your application by post or in person.

Portugal

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Portugal is known for its agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism industries. The country’s job seeker visa is granted for a period of 120 days, renewable for another 60 days, and allows only one entry into Portugal.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Express interest in enrolling in the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP), the Portuguese Public Employment Service.

Here’s how to apply:

1. Complete the visa application form.
2. Gather all necessary documents: your passport, photos, proof of status, background check, travel insurance, copy of return transport title, and proof of available funds (about $3,000).
3. Pay the application fee and submit the application.
4. Wait for the application processing.

Sweden

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The Swedish job seeker visa is a good fit for professionals in the technology, automotive, and environmental sectors and can last from three to nine months.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Have completed studies corresponding to an advanced level degree.
2. Plan to seek employment or explore the possibilities for starting your own business.
3. Be able to support yourself during the period for which you are applying for a permit and have money to cover the cost of your journey home.
4. Have comprehensive health insurance valid for care in Sweden.
5. Have a passport valid for the entire period you intend to be in Sweden (if your passport is about to expire, you should extend it because you cannot get a permit for longer than your passport is valid).
6. Currently be located outside of Sweden.

Here’s how to apply:

1. Complete the online application.
2. Gather necessary documents: copies of your passport, examination certificate, academic record, bank records to demonstrate that you have bank assets equivalent to at least SEK 13,000 (about $1,300) for each month for which you’re applying for a residence permit along with money for travel home, signed letter of consent, and health insurance.
3. Pay the application fee and wait for approval.

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates, home to the stunning cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, needs a vast workforce to support its massive economy. You can get a job seeker visa for 60, 90, or 120 days.

To be eligible, you need to:

1. Be either in the first, second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) professional levels of jobs, or a graduate from the best 500 universities in the world according to the classification approved by the Ministry of Education and must have graduated within the last 2 years.

Here’s how to apply:

1. Complete the online application.
2. Gather necessary documents: copies of your passport, color photos, and qualification certificate.
3. Pay the application fee and wait for approval.

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Jessica Clark is a writer and blogger living in the Midwest and a dedicated mom and wife. Since 2011, she's been sharing her stories and thoughts online as a freelance writer. Besides writing, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, singing, crocheting, reading, and playing video games.