When you work in other countries, such as the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and UK, you are going to need a work visa from your prospective country so you can live and work there, either permanently or temporarily. Let’s take a look at how work visas differ from one country to another.
In the US, there are different types of work visas you can apply for, depending on what case you are in.
- Exchange visitor visa. If you are an exchange student, you may obtain an Exchange Visitor Visa to work in the US after obtaining permission from your school’s Designed School Official (DSO) or the Responsible Officer (RO) if you an exchange visitor.
- Temporary work visa. You can apply for this visa if you will be working in the US for a definite time period. To be able to apply for a temporary work visa, a Petition for a non-immigrant worker must be filed by your future employer for you and must be approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. A temporary work visa can be agricultural, non-agricultural, or skilled workers temporary visa.
- Employment-based immigrant visa. This visa allows you to permanently stay in the US through a job offer. There are five preference categories for the application of this visa. Before you can apply for this type of visa, your future employer would have to get a labor certification approval from the Department of Labor and file an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Once approved, then you can apply for your work visa. If you fall under the first preference category, you can file your petition on your own.
In Canada, you are going to need an issued work permit to be able to work there for a certain period of time. Before you can apply for a work permit, you need to have a temporary resident visa. You can also apply to permanently work and live in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category, wherein you will be assessed based on your education, work experience, English and/or French skills, and more.
New Zealand offers permanent and temporary work visas. Permanent work visa categories include the following: skilled migrant category; work to residence (those with job offer, with professions that are in demand in New Zealand, and those with special talent in sports and arts); and residence to work (those with temporary work visa applying for permanent residence visa). They also have a list of temporary work visa categories you can apply for. Among the listed categories include Essential Skills Work Category, Specific Purpose or Event Category, Students and Trainee Category, Study to Work Category, Family Stream Category, Work Exchange Scheme, and Philippines Special Work Category that cover Filipino citizens who are qualified as registered nurses, farm managers, or engineering professionals.
Work visa in UK also has different categories you can apply for. These are high-value migrants for those who are investors, businessmen, and exceptionally talented foreigners who do not need a job offer, but must pass a point-based evaluation; skilled workers for those who have job offers by employers who want to sponsor them; and temporary workers who are being offered a job by an employer for a short time period. Other categories include domestic workers and representatives of overseas companies, including foreign newspaper companies and broadcasting corporations.
Work visa differs from one country to another. To learn more about the right work visa for you and to get help with your work visa application, please contact us.