EVER DREAMED OF MOVING ABROAD? THIS POST CONTAINS DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN MOVE ABROAD LEGALLY.
Moving abroad brings a fresh outlook to life, it gives you the perfect opportunity to start a new career, a new lifestyle and make new friends. It brings about a real shift that can put your life on a whole new path. For me, moving abroad is one of the best decisions I ever made and I believe everyone should try it at least once in their life. The process of moving abroad comes with a lot of ups and downs.
We have watched so many movies including Netflix’s Emily In Paris that romanticized how easy it is to move abroad. This is far from the truth for a lot of people. Depending on where you are from in the world, moving abroad can almost be a luxury when you hold a passport that has lots of limitations. People who hold such passports face so many hurdles such as travel restriction, expensive visa fee, low acceptance rate and possibly visa denial.
So how do such people move abroad? I have listed the different ways to move abroad legally regardless of the colour of your passport. For each of the itemized ways to move abroad, be sure to investigate the country you are considering and assess what your moving abroad goal is – whether short term or long term. Here are the different ways to move abroad:
1) STUDENT ROUTE
This is the most common way people move abroad. This way you transition from being a student to being on a work visa/ permit then a permanent resident holder and eventually a citizen. It is usually expensive but it is one of the most guaranteed ways to legally move abroad. Ile-iwe Education services shared lots of tips on preparing to study abroad, find here.
2) SKILLED & QUALIFIED WORKER
Your education and work experience qualify you to apply for various immigration programs. Canada is popularly known for the following skilled worker immigration programs :
- Federal Skilled Worker – Express Entry
- Provincial Nomination Program
Other countries in Europe & the Middle East have such programs available as well.
3) WORKING IN A MULTINATIONAL COMPANY
Working in a multinational company means you can be transferred abroad to work with another branch of the company. Here the company takes care of the moving cost.
4) VISA SPONSORSHIP JOBS (VSJ)
Apply for a job abroad that will sponsor your work visa. This isn’t as simple as it sounds because international jobs are very competitive and most of the companies who have such available never disclose it as a VSJ on their job ads. Also, remember 80% of jobs are not advertised so you have to be actively looking for visa sponsored jobs to find them.
You can find jobs online for various countries through LinkedIn, Indeed & Monster.
5) TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD
There are lots of countries that pay people to teach English abroad, especially in Asia. ESL Cafe is a good place to start if you are looking to teach English abroad.
6) SPOUSAL VISA
If you are married to someone who lives abroad and you can apply for a spousal visa to move abroad. You can find a detailed video for the UK Spousal Visa here.