From the U.S. to Europe, Latin America to Asia, the global immigration and expansion landscape is constantly changing. For fast-growth tech companies looking to expand into new international markets, it’s crucial to be aware of key global markets’ nuances and intricacies before sending employees to new locations. Hence, a company’s ability to build a world-ready workforce, or seamlessly hire, mobilize and manage their employees across international borders, will increasingly be the decider of success. In this post, we are covering the countries that facilitate global talent-hiring and work permit sponsorships

🇦🇺 Australia

Recently launched the Global Talent – Independent Program, a major new initiative in Australia’s immigration strategy. Under this program, highly skilled migrants in selected industries will receive a fast-tracked process to permanent residency in Australia. Applicants will be eligible for permanent residency if they are likely to earn more than $149,000 per year in Australia, and they are highly skilled in one of seven key industry sectors. The seven industry sectors are AgTech, FinTech, MedTech, Cyber Security, Energy, and Mining Technology, Space and Advanced Manufacturing, and Quantum Information/Advanced Digital/ Data Science and ICT.

Global Talent Officers from the Department of Home Affairs have already been deployed in Berlin, Washington DC, Singapore, Shanghai, Santiago, and Dubai, and will have regional coverage. An officer has also started in New Delhi today, to further the reach of the program. Up to 5,000 places will be offered in the Global Talent – Independent program in 2019/20.

🇨🇦 Canada

Launched in 2017, it is designed for innovative firms in Canada that are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner and that need unique and specialized foreign nationals in order to scale-up and grow. It is also intended for firms in Canada that need to fill an in-demand highly-skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List. GTS, which offers two-week Canada work permit processing for referred employers and their dependents. Since its launch, Canadian employers have committed to creating 40,000 jobs for citizens and permanent residents, forming 10,000 co-op placements and invested in more than $90 million in training. Budget 2019 proposes to make global talent-hiring a permanent program.

To become competitive in the global race for digital talent, countries are creating new fast-track tech visas that allow high-skilled foreign tech talent to establish residency.

🇫🇷 France

The French government has opened avenues for global talent-hiring from all over the world who would like to get a taste of the French “je ne sais quoi” and has created then a facilitated and attractive specific residence permit called “passport talent”. It is a long-term visa or residence permit, renewable up to 4 years. It allows you (and potentially your family) to live and work in France. To apply for this passport talent, you must be a foreigner. But you cannot/don’t need to apply if you are from the European Union or Algerian. The Passport Talent is granted to persons that are likely to make a significant or lasting contribution through their skills and talents in the development of the French economy, as well as its culture, science, sports, directly or indirectly. In short, you don’t need to be a software engineer or a developer to get this Visa

🇸🇬 Singapore

The Singapore Employment Pass (EP) is a work visa that allows foreign professionals with an opportunity to work in Singapore in certain specialized, managerial or executive positions. Generally speaking, it is one of the 3 types of professional work passes where employers are not required to hire any local staff before the Singapore Employment Pass visa can be approved. All nationalities with a job offer can apply for an EP. The candidate must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3,600 per month. This applies to candidates who are new graduates of reputable universities. More experienced candidates are required to have commensurately higher salaries. The Ministry of Manpower has provided a Self Assessment Tool to check global talent-hiring eligibility for the Employment Pass. Although this tool generally is a good guideline, exceptions exist especially for senior management and specialized skills.

🇩🇪 Germany

You may already be aware of the EU Blue Card, a specialized work visa with strict education and salary requirements (if not, you can read more about it here– but what about developers who don’t have the required university degree, or who hold a degree in an unrelated subject? The German economy has a great demand for professionals in different occupations, especially in the field of IT, Engineers, Health, research and more. Non-EU academics, scholars, researchers, graduate students, and other professionals can access the labor market in Germany under the Residence Act and the Employment Regulation, while EU nationals are subject to the Freedom of Movement Act of the EU.

For tech professionals from most countries*, the first step of the process will be the entry visa (or D-type visa). This is typically issued by the German embassy in your current country of residence and allows you to begin working as soon as you arrive in Germany. In most cases, the D-type visa is issued for 3-6 months and can be converted into a more permanent work permit within that time frame.

Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Canada or the United States may enter Germany without a visa and apply for residence and work permits directly in Germany before starting work.

If you’re interested to work in any of the above countries apply for sponsored visa jobs on StackRaft.

To learn more about a country’s work visa rules, regulations and how to find jobs, comment below and we will write more on such topics!

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