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What countries is it easy to get working papers for Americans and/or Mexican Citizens?

Asked by JLeslie (59554points) March 23rd, 2010

Looking for a country that is relatively safe. High on the list would be western Europe, Australia, or Eastern Asia.

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cazzie's avatar

Depends on the work you do.

poisonedantidote's avatar

spain. most countries dont need a visa to get here, you show up and after living here 6 months you are eligible to apply for residency, and its a slim slim chance that you will be rejected.

once a resident, you are free to travel all of europe.

down side: our economy is in the gutter at the moment.

JLeslie's avatar

@cazzie good point. My husband is in HR, I worked retail, and as an Executive Assistant, could teach English I guess. But, we probably would be willing to do other work for the opportunity.

@poisonedantidote Thanks. Fantastic option. My husband’s first language is Spanish, and mine is pretty good. We would not be going immediately, so hopefully the economy will come back. Is there a particular city you would recommend? My husband has been to Spain a few times (work and pleasure), I have never been.

cazzie's avatar

There you go… move to Spain and open a bed and breakfast for us Northerners who need our Syden holidays.

JLeslie's avatar

@cazzie :) still curious to see what other countries are suggested.

poisonedantidote's avatar

glad i could help. i would recommend one of the larger cities such as madrid or barcelona, or perhaps a more rural small community type place.

just dont get any ideas in your head about starting up a business because chances are you will go bust at the moment.. specially if you want to open a bar.

if you look through my answers, i had quite a long back and fourth with someone not so long about about moving to spain, i was suggesting they do not, but they wanted to open a bar. so its slightly different. to work, you can work here and there is work. but opening a business is just a flat out bad idea.

i guess it depends what you are planing to do when you arrive and how many funds you have, if you can give more details i can probably suggest a better area.

JLeslie's avatar

@poisonedantidote Thanks for the additional information. We would not be opening our own business. It would probably be for 2–5 years if we do it. In your opinion do the Spanish receive foreigners well? Is there a community that is very international in any of the cities? Not that I want to be able to “live in America while living in another country” not at all. But sometimes it can get overwhelming to not have some communication with people from your own country, or at least who have an understanding of the experience of coming from another country.

poisonedantidote's avatar

well, do spanish receive foreigners well. yes and no. the country is still a little racist, but nothing malicious is meant by it really. and there are some nationalists who want no foreigners at all. but for the most part you will be accepted, specially if you learn the language. its mostly people who dont bother to learn spanish that get the all the stick.

as for the international part, well in my town english people out number spanish people almost 2 to 1. then you have germans, french, colombians and all other kinds of nationalities. so it is quite varied. but in a larger city like madrid it will all be mostly spanish.

as for americans, i have only ever known one american family in all my years here. but on the main land there are probably quite a few.

JLeslie's avatar

@poisonedantidote I see. Can I ask where you live? We won’t have the language problem, except that we might sound Gringo Mexicano. LOL. But, I am sure my accent would adjust, just like my American one does depending what state I am in.

poisonedantidote's avatar

im in mallorca, a little 88km island in the med, just east of ibiza.

JLeslie's avatar

My husband brought me pearls from there.

gailcalled's avatar

A good place not to move to for working papers is Vancouver, BC. My daughter has been struggling for several years to 1) get a job; 2) get a legal job: 3) stop paying legal fees to immigration lawyers and 4) be a polite, hard-working part of the community who gets a salary and pays taxes.

cazzie's avatar

uff…. immigration lawyers…. ick.

JLeslie's avatar

@gailcalled Yeah, I have heard that Canada has very strict immigration laws.

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