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Everything You Need to Know about Work Permits

Aug 17, 2007
Not all jobs are created equal. A US citizen working in a any state in the country might not need to worry about obtaining a work permit, but there are instances when you will need one before you can officially go to your first day on a particular job.

Basically, a work permit is a document which authorizes a person to seek employment and hold down a job. This is not needed in every instance, especially for local employment, but if the employee is not a citizen of the country where he or she plans to work, then a work permit is required.

'Local and Foreign Work Permits'

Here are the two basic types of working permits needed by an employee before formally attending the first day at work:

1. Teen Employment Working Permits

In most states in the US, working students are allowed to take a day job or a part time job while studying without the need to obtain a working permit. Working students are a common scenario because of the high costs of education these days.

There are, however, exceptions to the rule. The states of Illinois, Indiana and New York would require a minor employee who has a part time job to obtain a work permit, and meet the condition that the student must maintain satisfactory grades in high school.

This will ensure that the student will still be able to devote time to studying rather than trying to earn money without finishing college.

2. Working Permits Abroad

Most non-US citizens who would like to earn a living in the United States need to obtain a US working permit. The same applies to US citizens who want to work outside of the country. They need to obtain a working permit for the country where they wish to travel and work at the same time.

As compared to local working permits, a working permit for out-of-the-country employment is much more difficult to obtain.

Whether you choose to work in Europe, Australia, Canada or a country in Asia, you need to take into consideration the visa and work permit requirements and restrictions for that particular country.

If you have decided that you want to work and eventually retire in the country of your choice, here are some tips that you can follow:

- Make sure that the country that you choose to work in interests you.

Choosing to work in a foreign country may prove to be a challenge and fun at the same time. You should be prepared to learn about the local people, their culture, learn the language and adapt to their style of living.

- Check with the country's embassy to gather more information about restrictions, health care and work permit requirements that you need to obtain if you want to work in a foreign country.

Make sure that all your paperwork is in order, including your passport, a visa, and the contracts that you need signed by the employer in the country of your choice.

Finally, before packing your bags and embarking on a work-abroad journey, make sure that you are fairly adaptable and you have the necessary work permits and other important documents to have a hassle-free instead of a worrisome time working in a country outside of the US.
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