According to HSBC, these are the most popular countries that expat workers choose: Singapore, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Austria and the UAE.
Singapore has various employment visas. The main differences are education level, skill level and income. Most visas require that you make a minimum salary. The following visa types are available for Singapore:
Employment Pass is for Professionals
EntrePass is for entrepreneurs.
S Pass is for mid-level skilled workers.
Work Permit is for semi-skilled or unskilled workers.
Norway requires a residence permit for any who want to work there. They have a visa for nearly all types of employment, even musicians and artists. The main requirement is that you have an offer of employment. If you want to look for work in Norway, there is a visa for that too. Job seeker permits are only for those offering skilled work, excluding teachers and cooks. If that doesn’t work, permits are available for skilled workers, seasonal workers, diplomats, etc.
New Zealand has a wide variety of visa options including entrepreneurs, refugees, and foreigners who may have gotten a job in New Zealand, but lost it. There isn't a visa for those looking for work, but there are working holiday visas for the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vietnam
Germany has a simple process which requires that you get a residence permit. This permit allows you to look for work. Gotta love German efficiency. If you are a member of the following countries, you can apply for the permit after entering Germany- European Union, as well as citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea. Others must apply before.
Those outside of the European Economic Area will need to apply for a GVVA which is a combined residency and work permit. Students, Seasonal workers and asylum seekers only need to apply for a TWV employment permit.
Canada has two types of work permits. The Open Permit allows you to work anywhere and for almost anyone. Students, refugees and those who have applied for a permanent or temporary residency, are eligible for an open permit. The Employer Specific Permit is exactly as it sounds. You work for one company for a specified amount of time at a specific location.
Most visas for working long-term in Australia require some kind of sponsorship. Even the temporary visas are only available for skilled labor. Expats can use their SkillSelect form to see if they can get a visa. Australia also has working holiday visas for those of you who may not qualify. Working holiday visas are available for less than a year and for young people between 18-30.
Potential workers outside the EU must apply for a work permit if they have an offer from a Swedish company. Working Holiday visas are only available for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea. Like Australia, it’s only for a year and only for those aged 18-30.
Temporary residency for employment is available for students and freelancers/self-employed. Seasonal employees will use a category C or category D visa. Highly skilled workers, recent graduates from Austrian Universities, and entrepreneurs can apply for the Red-White-Red card. This allows you to live in Austria for up to 2 years and work for a specified employer.
Getting a work visa for the UAE requires that you have an employer. Visas are available for skilled and unskilled labor. Given the history of abuses for unskilled labor in the UAE, it’s best for those types of workers to apply for employment through Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation service centers before entering. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the purpose of this is to expedite the process and ensure that potential workers understand their rights and the terms of their contract before they agree to employment. No matter how desperate you may be for a job- DO NOT EVER ALLOW ANYONE TO TAKE YOUR PASSPORT!!