Work Visa Information
An employment or work visa
is issued by a country to foreigners who wish to enter for the purpose
of contracted labor for an extended period of time. Work visas usually
extend to scientists, researchers, technicians and other trade
professionals as well as medical residencies and crew members.
Due to the more permanent nature of the
traveler's objective in comparison to a tourist or business travelers,
there are usually much stricter requirements for obtaining a work visa.
At the very least, the time needed to review your application and
approve or deny it takes longer. Besides a completed application, some
or all of the following documents may be required.
A valid United States passport.
Many countries require your
passport have at least 6 months validity beyond your date of arrival
and at least 2 visa pages in order to apply.
Two passport photos.
The photos must be identical and taken
within the last 6 months. Some countries only accept color photos while
others accept either color or black and white.
Criminal Record Certificate.
A lot of countries restrict the
entrance of individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes.
Therefore, an official document provided by the police department in
the city where you reside must be obtained and submitted.
Proof of residency.
This is usually required to prove that you
live within the jurisdiction of the consulate where you are submitting
the visa application.
Even if the country where you plan to work does not
charge a fee for tourist and/or business visas, it is common for fees
to be charged for work visas. Cost vary a lot and change often so check
with the embassy or consulate before submitting your application.
Other documents may be required depending on
the purpose of your trip. For example, volunteer and religion workers
often have to provide documents or a work contract or prove an
employment relationship. This could be a formal contract and/or letter
Since you will be residing in the country for an extended
period of time, there are concerns about you becoming a burden to the
state. Therefore, many countries require proof of adequante health
insurance and financial support during the period you intend to stay in
The list of requirements above is not exhaustive. It is not
uncommon for an applicant to submit all the documents listed only to
discover later that more documents are required. The consulate that is
processing your application has the last say as to which documents you
Work visas can take from a few business days to several months to process.
Work visas are usually issued for a specific period of time such
as 1 or 2 years and are often renewable. They are also valid for
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