18th May2021

Want to Work Overseas? Here’s What You Need to Know

by James Smith

Lots of people like to daydream about what their lives would be like if they choose to live and work overseas. After the year most of us have had, it’s no wonder that people enjoy thinking about life in an alternative universe – but what if it didn’t have to be a daydream and it could become a reality?

Packing up your belongings and moving to another part of the world could be easier than you think- but before you jump ahead and start packing your bags, there are a few things you need to do to get everything done above board.

Learn about the legal requirements

It’s not always going to be up to the employer to give you the necessary documentation that allows you to work overseas. It will most likely be up to you to get your workers visa if your potential new employer has a sponsor licence allowing them to hire overseas workers. It may also be worth taking the time to speak with an immigration lawyer who will be able to outline the requirements so that no vital information is missed. Don’t be caught out by not understanding your rights as a foreign worker.

Understand the perks and risks

When you begin working for a company overseas, some of them will offer you life, disability, and health insurance as part of their salary package. You may find that some companies will make this mandatory for you to take in order to keep themselves and yourself as an employee protected. It is your responsibility to not assume that you will receive health insurance as a perk of the job.

You should consider looking into taking out specific health insurance policies that cover foreign workers for the duration of their time working overseas. As with any circumstance of work viruses, it’s also worth making sure you have enough savings to cover you in case of emergency. You should consider looking into taking out specific health insurance policies that cover foreign workers in the duration of their time working overseas. As with any circumstance of work viruses, it’s also worth making sure you have enough savings to cover you in case of emergencies.

As always, you need to make sure that you are responsible for your own health and wellbeing as they may not be what you are used to in your home country.

Read and Sign any agreements

You may be used to signing a contract of employment before taking up any offer of work. However, for some countries, it’s not normal for employees to sign these agreements. It’s always a good idea to have a signed agreement outlining your job title, responsibilities, perks of the job, policies around sickness in case you need to refer back to them at a later date. Your agreement should at least indicate a start and end date, salary, and the terms of your employment.

Having the chance to move overseas and start a new life can be incredibly exciting, but you will need to do your homework to make sure you make the big leap.
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