Read up on the Mutual Recognition Agreement to find out just how easy it is for you to live and work in another country. This was an agreement signed by the associations for Australia, America, Canada, Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. In basic terms, the agreement recognises that if you have full membership in your own country, then you might be able to work in another country listed in the agreement. You might have to provide or undertake extra requirements such as taking exams, obtaining specific certifications, meeting a dysphagia competency or having a certain amount of clinical hours under your belt. You can also read my post ‘Working Overseas: Where to Begin’ to give you some ideas of the steps to take to get the ball rolling. If you want information about other countries, visit my SLP Associations From Around the World page and look through the countries and perhaps try contacting yourself to see the requirements.
Want to travel down Route 66 in America?
Are the mountains in Canada calling you?
Turn your friends green with envy as you explore Ireland.
Are all those New Zealand tourism ads working?
When you make the decision to pack your bags and work overseas you will inevitably be playing the Visa Game. Applications. Fees. Processing time. Licenses. Photocopies… lots of photocopies. So before you set your heart on working in a specific country, do a little research first about how easy it is to get a visa. Please note that I have only included information for countries that are in the Mutual Recognition Agreement.
- Australia has a great resource called the Visa Wizard. It’s a self guiding questionnaire so that all you have to do is fill in information about yourself and it will give you an idea of what Visa options are available.
- To work in the USA you might want to read a site that provides information on all visas like About.com or H1 Base.
- The best site that I have found for New Zealand is the Immigration site. Once again you might have to click what option you are wanting and you will find information and requirements.
- To work in the UK can be a little different depending on whether you are a European national, or a member of the Commonwealth with UK ancestry. This site from the Home Office provides great information about all the different classes of visas.
- If you wanted to work in Canada you might find some great information from the Canada Visa site and the Citizen and Immigration site.
- The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland lists information for various types of visas.