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Easiest Countries for Americans to Move
You’ve spent your entire life living in the United States (U.S.), but now, you’re beyond ready for a change. And if you’re serious about making that change, you’re not alone.
Research shows that around 258 million individuals — or one in 30 — were not living in their birth countries in 2017. That’s a record high. And it doesn’t look like this trend will be slowing down over the next few decades.
The great thing is that if you have a U.S. passport, you have a powerful document that grants you access to around 186 countries with no major restrictions.
At the same time, considering that the majority of tourist visas have one- to three-month caps, making the transition to living abroad can quickly become frustrating.
Don’t worry, though. There are a handful of countries that are no doubt the easiest countries to move to. Here’s a rundown on the top ones you may want to call home in the near future.
Let’s jump in!
Easiest Countries to Move to Include Mexico
If warm weather is high on your must-have list for your new country of residence, why not make your way to Mexico?
Americans are allowed to live in Mexico for as long as six months without a visa. Of course, if you’d like your beach tan to be more permanent, you can apply to get a visa for temporary residents, which will last you four years.
Consulates have varying requirements, but to stay in Mexico long term, you’ll likely have to prove that you’re making at least $2,000 a month or have $80,000 in savings every month.
Perhaps hot weather isn’t as critical to you. In that case, why not head north to Canada?
Canada is generally welcoming and warm toward Americans. But the warm, fuzzy reception you’ll get initially will start to melt away if you plan to stay in Canada for more than six months.
In this situation, you’ll need to get a visa. The alternative is to get married to a Canadian local if you’re lucky enough to find your soul mate in the Great White North — and, of course, if your current spouse doesn’t mind this.
If you’re planning to go the visa route, Canada’s skilled trade program will allow you to work in the country if you have specific skills. The demand for certain skills varies by the province.
However, some companies are part of a relatively new program called Global Talent Stream. If you capitalize on this program, you can obtain a work visa in just a couple of weeks versus six months. You can’t beat that.
The countries of Scandinavia — Sweden, Norway, and Denmark — are widely known for their gender equality and excellent quality of life. However, they are also recognized for having immigration policies that are generous, making them doubly attractive.
The Schengen Agreement stipulates that if you travel to one of these countries, you cannot stay there longer than 90 days within a span of 180 days. But if you obtain a work visa there, you can stay past the 90 days.
Still, an even more attractive option exists above the Arctic Circle.
The Schengen Agreement does not apply to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, so you can work and live there without a visa indefinitely. Note, though, that you’re required to carry a firearm to protect yourself against polar bears if you venture outside of settlements.
The United Kingdom
You can remain in the United Kingdom — including Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England — for as long as six months without a via. However, if you receive a job offer in the United Kingdom, you can pursue a work visa.
The great news on the visa front is that following the Brexit vote, the United Kingdom decided to make the process of applying for a work visa easier, in addition to doubling these visas. A double bonus.
Yet another perk is that the exchange rate after the Brexit vote makes the United Kingdom an attraction financial option for anyone who has U.S. dollars.
Still, if your employer in the United States happens to be moving you to the United Kingdom, be sure to ask them about a cost of living allowance (COLA), where they cover any increase in the cost of living that you may experience. International COLAs are especially wise to recalculate frequently since currency and inflation rates are constantly fluctuating.
Read more here about how COLAs work.
Australia and New Zealand
If you’re looking for the farthest escape possible from the United States, you can’t beat going “down under.”
If you are 18 to 30 years old, you can obtain a working holiday visa that will last you a year in New Zealand and Australia. This number may eventually jump to 35.
If you are not a millennial, you may still be able to work in these countries if you possess skills that are in demand there. So, if you happen to be a pig farmer or a motorcycle mechanic, head on down to New Zealand and Australia, respectively!
You’ll have work waiting for you.
How We Can Help
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