Moving abroad for work: Where to go and How to leave

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According to a recent Istat study, in 2016 the number of compatriots who decide to move abroad increased by 12,6% compared to 2015 and has almost tripled in the last 6 years.
But what is the reason why more and more Italians decide to move abroad? According to research by ADP, a world leader in human resources, people with fewer job or career opportunities are more likely to relocate. Also according to the Adp, Italians are in first place in terms of transfers abroad for work reasons (88%), followed by Spaniards (86%) and Poles (85%).

If you too are thinking of leaving Italy to emigrate abroad, keep reading this article. Here everything you need to know to change your lifeEtc.


  1. Where to go to find work? Here are the 5 best weights!
  2. How to move abroad? 10 tips to leave and change your life!
  3. User questions and comments

Where to go to find work? Here are the 5 best weights!

Choosing the country to move to is certainly not an easy choice and, even if the main reason remains the search for a job, it is also important to take into account other factors such as the quality of life. Below we propose a list of 5 best countries to look for work.

1 - United States

With an average household net financial wealth of $ 145.769 and a per capita income of $ 41.355 a year, if the most important thing for you is the salary the United States is the destination for you. However, it is important to know that deciding to move to the USA for work reasons may not be so simple, it is therefore very important to inquire about all the details and leave more than prepared.

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In general, to work in the United States you will need:

  • Work visa: Required at USCIS, the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is valid for 2 years and can be renewed several times. This visa (actually there are several) is issued to temporary non-immigrant workers (hired on a fixed-term basis), to seasonal workers or to people involved in exchange projects. The visa will only be issued to you after USCIS accepts the application sent to you by your future boss.
  • Green Card: If you want to move permanently to the USA you will need to get the famous "Green Card (Permanent Resident Card). To get it you will need to find a sponsor (employer) or more generally someone who guarantees for you (spouse, relative, brother or sister etc.) ).
  • Social Security Card: Corresponds more or less to our tax code. It is not essential to work, but owning it will make your life easier as you will be able to benefit from subsidies and social services.

2// - Australia

According to research by HSBC, 62% of people migrated to Australia found an improvement in their lifestyle, plus an annual salary of $ 85.288. To this we add that for the 25th consecutive year the Australian economy is growing, a very high quality of life and an unemployment rate of 5,7%.

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Based on your "characteristics" and needs, there are 3 types of visas that allow you to work in Australia. Let's see which ones.

  • Student Visa: It can be requested by anyone over the age of 16 and allows entry for a period of up to the duration of the course of study plus 28 days. The visa has a minimum duration of 12 weeks and a maximum of 50 and allows you to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.
  • Working Holiday Visa: The visa has a duration of 1 year and allows you to work legally without any limit. This type of visa is ideal for young people who want to temporarily move to Australia with the opportunity to work and travel.
  • Work visas: These visas are designed for those who want to move to Australia to work. They differ in:
    Point Based Skilled Visa, work visas that do not require the presence of a sponsor to be obtained. The factors that are taken into consideration for the release are age, level of English, qualifications, work experience etc.
    Sponsorship, without a doubt, is the best known type of visa and the one most people aim for. Basically it consists in finding a sponsor (employer) who guarantees for you and, basically, takes you to work with him.
    Business Visa, this type of visa is designed for those who want to open a business in Australia

3 - Denmark

If work is important to you but it's not the only thing that matters, then the Denmark it is definitely one of the countries that you need to consider. Suffice it to say that if in the rest of Europe the percentage of workers who are behind the scribe for 50 hours a week is around 13%, in Denmark it drops to 2%. We also add that the working week is 37 hours and all workers have 5 weeks of paid vacation a year, public spending for families exceeds 4% of GDP (the OECD average is 2,6%).

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If you want to move to Denmark to look for work know that EU citizens can stay in Denmark for no more than 6 months as a worker looking for a job, in which case there is no obligation to contact the authorities. Once you have found the job, you will need to apply the residence permit, the CPR number and Health insurance card.

4 - Canada

With a per capita income of $ 29.365 and 72% employed, Canada is certainly a more than valid destination you are looking for work. Other advantages are: an above average education system and one of the best health systems in the world.

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To apply for a visa you have two options: already have an employment contract (or possess certain job qualifications) or submit the application for work visa. Also in this case, according to your needs, there are different opportunities. In fact, there is the possibility of applying for a temporary or permanent work visa.
Once you have obtained the work visa you will have to apply for the SIN (Social Insurance Number), a social insurance code, similar to the Italian tax code, necessary to be paid regularly, failing which it is impossible to receive the salary.

5 - Switzerland

For well-being, earnings and health, Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world. The average per capita salary is $ 31.491 a year and 80% of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job.

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EU citizens can stay in Switzerland for three months to look for a job. The stay can be extended for another three months.
As for work permits, there are several, and the issue is managed by the individual cantons. Let's see the main ones.

  • Permit L, The duration of this permit depends on the duration of the employment contract. It is issued to people who have a fixed-term employment contract and to those who are actively looking for a job.
  • Permit B, is intended for people who have a permanent employment contract or a duration of at least 12 months. With the B permit it is possible to freely change job and place of residence.
  • Permit C, permanent residence permit generally obtainable after five years of uninterrupted residence in Switzerland.
  • Permit G., permit issued to EU citizens who have their residence abroad and work in a Swiss location. All cross-border commuters must return to their home at least once a week.

How to move abroad? 10 tips to leave and change your life!

Now that we've seen the top 5 countries to move to if you're looking for a job, let's see a few practical advice to avoid making the stride longer than the leg.

  1. Inquire about:
    Before moving, inform yourself as much as possible on every aspect concerning the country in which you are going to live (cost of living, finding accommodation, finding work, etc.). This will allow you to be more prepared for the next steps after the transfer.
  2. Mentality:
    Starting with the right mindset will help you overcome the problems you will encounter along the way. It is also important to start with an open mind, moving abroad means immersing yourself in a new reality, with new rules (written and unwritten).
  3. Language:
    In addition to having a good level of English, which will allow you to take your first steps, it is important to study the language of the country you are going to. This will facilitate your integration.
  4. Accommodation:
    Once you arrive, the first priority is to find accommodation. Information about the sites where you can find announcements, average prices and contractual conditions. A good idea might be to start looking even before you leave.
  5. Moving house:
    If you have decided to move permanently it is important to find a company that can organize your move in the most professional way possible. Using portals like Traslochi365 to find companies to move abroad can save you time. Thanks to this type of site you can contact more companies quickly and easily to meet your every need.
  6. Kids:
    If you have decided to move with the whole family, children especially deserve special attention. In order to avoid a traumatic experience it is important to prepare the little ones for the change already long before the date decided for departure.
  7. Work:
    Once you have settled down, your priority should be finding a job. For this purpose, it is important to inform yourself in advance about the documents that will be required to be hired and those necessary to open a bank account.
  8. Courses and activities:
    The best way to start integrating, meeting people and improving your language is definitely to start courses and activities of any kind. This way your integration will be easier and faster
  9. Autonomy:
    Limit your dependence on other people. Dealing with problems alone will provide you with a wealth of experience that will be useful to you throughout your life, wherever you are.
  10. Savings:
    In order to avoid unpleasant situations it is important to start with savings. In this way you will not only have the peace of mind of being able to overcome small unforeseen events but also to allow yourself more time to look for a job.

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