Recruitment Guide For Expats
Considering Emigrating? Do your homework. Your decision to emigrate to a specific country must be based on sound research and a thorough decision-making process. A two-week holiday on the east coast of Australia or a one-week skiing trip to the Rockies is not a solid enough basis upon which to emigrate. You must define exactly what you realistically hope to achieve for you and your family by emigrating - write a list and ask your partner and teenage kids to do the same. You need family buying. Once this is complete, you need to research, research, research in order to pinpoint the right country even region, city, or town - for you. You need to find out about job opportunities, schools, property prices living costs and lifestyle, and especially whether you qualify for a visa for the country in question. Be warned do not make your choice too narrow if you need to find work. The Internet, expat forums, books, exhibitions and specialist publications are all great sources of information. But is emigration for you and your family? Keep asking yourself this question and only when you have a family consensus based on thorough research should you move forward as the process calls for commitment and time. When you've narrowed down your options, consider taking a research trip to investigate further but first look into visa options. Will you get one? Wanting to emigrate and being able to emigrate are two different things. Remember: A research trip is not a holiday, but a hardheaded fact-finding trip. Look for a region that needs the certified trade skills or professional qualifications and experience. You can offer:
Can you afford to live there? Is the schooling acceptable? What’s the li ate like Do you like the live style?
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What are the local skills shortages?
When you return home, see if what you've found out about your potential new home ticks all the boxes on your emigration wish list. If it does, proceed. If not, either shift focus to another city, region or country, or ask yourself if your wish list is more dream than potential reality.
How to emigrate It's all well and good knowing where you want to emigrate to, but will you be able to qualify for a visa to get you there on a permanent basis? Let's look in more detail at how to emigrate. This is all about researching visa options - and these fall into five broad groups: 1). Skills-based visas - your qualifications and work experience are paramount. Note that Australia, New Zealand and Canada run points-based systems whereby you have to provisionally score a certain mark in order to apply. As part of this process, the skills that could qualify for a visa are clearly listed; there are even regional lists in many cases, where the pass mark required to make an application worthwhile are often lower than for the national visa equivalents. Please note that some visas are age-sensitive. For example, if you are over 44 you are unable to qualify for an Australian skills-based visa (the exceptions are employer nomination and state/territory sponsored business visas); if you are over 55, New Zealand is also out of bounds in this respect. In Canada, no age is theoretically too old, but you'll score fewer points if you are over the age of 49. Use the Internet to research the current situation. 2). Business visas - you have a qualifying investment, relevant experience and/or a promising business idea. Rarely used in our experience. 3). Family visas - you have a parent, brother, sister or child who is a permanent resident or citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Canada or America and who is eligible to sponsor your emigration. But you will need to demonstrate how you will support yourself and get a job. More theory, than practice. 4). Retiree visas - Ofte k o as the Millio aires Visa . You ha e suffi ie t fu ds realisti all , at least AUS$1 million) and satisfactory health to emigrate to Australia on a rolling four-year basis. Note that Canada, America and New Zealand do not have retiree visas, although America's EB-5 investor is sometimes presented as a retirement visa because it requires a 'passive' investment). 5) Temporary visas - you are unwilling or unable to emigrate on a permanent basis, so secure a temporary work permit, working holidaymaker visa or a study visa to help you get your foot in the door. Of course, all this can be rather confusing (especially when it comes to filling in the forms - or you may be concerned that you're missing a visa trick and that this will jeopardize or delay your plans. In this case, many emigrants decide that they'd like the peace of mind of employing an expert to help them get
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There are two broad types of expert help at hand: immigration lawyers/attorneys and immigration consultants/advisors - most of which are regulated. Unfortunately, the emigration industry also has a few less-than-expert companies and rip-off merchants, so caveat emptor apply just as much as it does in many other industries. Be particularly careful in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Again spend time researching the visas on offer and the qualification requirements especially language and skills recognition and make sure you can fulfill these and consider moving forward with this at an early stage. Absence of skills recognition and the inability to satisfy language requirement will kill a visa application stone dead and employers will not engage as well as the prospect of employing you is to remote.
Getting a job In the course of working through the visa options, you might discover that the success of your application depends on you securing a job before you apply. If so, you have two options: Firstly, find a job yourself or, secondly, employ a recruitment specialist to help you. As with many things in life, this comes down to time and money. Do you have the time to prepare a CV/resume, and research and approach companies, or can you spare the money to employ a specialist who will maximize your chances of finding a job as soon as possible? For example qualifying in New Zealand's Skilled Migration Category and securing the popular H-1B or EB3 visas for America often require a firm job offer being in place before the application is made. Changes occur all the time and it is hard for even specialists to keep on top of the regulations:
We need to be brutal here – to get a job: Will you pass a medical? You need to be on the skills shortage list of the relevant country You need a tip top personal profile, which goes well beyond a basic CV to succeed You need skills recognition of your trade or professional skills You probably need 5 years plus experience in your trade or profession If you are not a native born English speaker you will need IELTS (www.ielts.org) and the levels needed fluctuate depending on the jobs applied for. Establish the level and get the grades before you apply.
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Even if you don't need a job, you may find getting one is highly beneficial to your emigration plans. Although Britain seems to be worse affected by the credit crunch than most countries, the downturn is global. Competition for work is also global. Why would you employ you?
Time scales Generally speaking, skilled visa applications for Australia, New Zealand and America take approximately 6-12 months to be processed. However, there are plenty of exceptions to this. Should you obtain a visa, you are given one year to use it - that is, land in your destination country and 'activate' the visa. Whatever your emigration timescale, ensure that the passports of all family members will still be valid by the time you jet off to your new life. Don’t forget the boring bits Once you have your visa, the emigration trail often turns into a sprint finish - typically in the three months immediately preceding your emigration. Here are a few examples of what you have to think about:
Selling your house? Is 3 months realistic? Kids schooling? Money matters? Health Insurance? Selling unwanted items and preparing others for shipment Selling your car Cancelling insurance policies Bringing payments for utilities and other regular services up to date Informing key financial institutions and governmental departments of your impending move and new address Requesting credit references Handing your notice in at work Collating all necessary paperwork in a convenient file. We recommend this from day one Booking car hire for arrival - and confirming hotel reservations (if appropriate) Packing essentials to tide you over until the rest of your possessions arrive, and packing carry-on bags for the flight
Organizing a farewell party Arranging transport to the airport Networking plan on arrival? Joining local clubs and attending local social functions.
Emigration is a journey and not a race and takes time. It will be different from home, wherever you started your journey. It is your responsibility to fit into where you have chosen to live and avoid comments that denigrate your new live compared to your old one. Understandably criticism winds up the locals!
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