VISA CONFUSION!

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  • jrosenh
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    18 September, 2013 at 1:45
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    I have a question. I am looking into taking a TEFL course in Italy for the intensive 4 weeks and a representative from iTTT told me that you can get the job there and then return back to the US for the visa, or train and then return for the visa. This just seems really confusing to me! I live in NYC and was thinking of taking the training course here, but want the experience of being in Europe and the proximity to be able to go to other countries and interview, etc. How have other people done this before with Visa complications and doing your training course abroad? So you have to buy a plane ticket home and return back immediately? How do you have the money to afford this? PLEASE EXPLAIN ASAP!!!! I would really appreciate it!:) lol Thank you!

    Briona
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    18 September, 2013 at 16:34
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    Reply To: VISA CONFUSION!

    Hi there,

    I sincerely hope you haven’t paid this company any money, because they are not being honest with you!

    Generally speaking, to find legal work in Europe you must (a) be the holder of a passport from an EU member state, either through birth or ancestry, or (b) be married to an EU citizen, or (c) be in possession of a valid work or study visa. Employers in the EU cannot just hire a non-EU citizen – they first have to prove that there were no suitably qualified EU citizens who could do the job, which is not a very likely proposition, unless of course you have some specialist qualifications (and no, a TEFL certificate from some shoddy outfit does NOT count).

    In the unlikely event that you could find someone willing to sponsor you for a visa, you would indeed have to fly back to the States to get it. Visas cannot be changed in-country.

    I recently wrote a guide to finding work in Europe, which you might find useful: http://thirtysomethingteachertraveller.blogspot.co.uk/p/teaching-in-europe.html

    I hope that helps, and if you have any other questions, please ask.

    Briona

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