My wife and I have been interested in relocating to Europe. I would prefer England but I would be open to other countries as well.
The thing is I don't know a whole lot about the process for obtaining a work visa or what the qualifications are for getting one. I also am not sure what the demand is for QA is over there.If I were to get a position how hard would it be for my wife to obtain one as well?
Has anyone done this themselves? Moved from the States and worked abroad?
A little background on me, I have worked in IT off and on for 20 years, I have done support - 2 years, development - 5 years and QA - 8 years. I have done a variety of QA activities both manual and automated and worked with multiple technologies. Currently I am a QA manager at a large insurance company with 17 direct reports, but I have also worked in other industries mainly health and pharma.
Any thoughts on my desirabiality to companies overseas?
Here in The Netherlands there is a definate shortage in testprofessionals at the moment. So a job should not be much of a problem. You would have to face the language, which I understand is not that easy.
Why not look for a large US based company with overseas offices? You could get a job, transfer to europe for a period of time and then get back without much hassle if you wanted to. The company would probably help you with the visa's, housing and all.
Thanks for the tips. I do have some language abilities, French, German, Spanish, and some Farsi.
I have looked at changing companies but it is easier said than done to find an international get hired and then have them move us overseas. They want to hire me but they want me here instead of sending me away. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Germany pays well in general and from what I know the living standard in Berlin (guess you're best off in Germanys 7 million inhabitants capital) is rather cheap.
They are often looking for people who speak fluently english as their english is frequently a pain in the neck despite the fact that they have to communicate in English due to headoffices being in non-germanspeaking territory or whatsoever...
So if you have basic german skills allowing you to go through the CV and application process you've got a good start at least there...
However, relocation with the assistance of the company when they hire you is something which will be difficult to find..
where in europe do they speak "Farsi"?
never heard of that... :-/
enlighten me please...
What about Urdu, if u have idea about urdu it resemble with farsi too. So u can work here in Pakistan. There are lot of UK and US company for which we work. I welcome such an experience
person of QA to Pakistan. Well my good wish are with u, may u will bless by what you want.
Best bet is the highly skilled migrant programme. You can then work with no need for sponsorship in the UK and also have rights to travel anywhere in Europe without many problems.
You can also list yourself as an international consultant working for a local firm and therefore be able to legally pay yourself a smaller wage in the UK and a larger one in an offshore company... see the contractor.uk link for more detail on that