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Working Abroad?

Hi all,


I've always wanted to live abroad for a bit and thinking about moving to London for a few years. I want to continue working in the startup space in sales but what does that process look like to make the move? Do I apply for visa first (which looks like I might need to have a job first) or look for a UK company that's open to hiring Americans? Where can I look?


Any expats out there?

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Prizrak
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You need to get the visa first, if you have education you should be able to apply without a job.ย 

Without education it can be tough but getting easier. Of course if youre under 30 most countries offer a working holiday visa, but its hard to get a good job with that visa.ย 

I miss London. Had a wonderful time there. The West Ham games. The people. The booze.ย 
Prizrak
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I should mention, you can do job first but it's tough and they have to jump through a buncha hoops to sponsor you. So if youre a VP or cofounder or something it can totally happen. For an AE and under, it would be a lot harder to get sponsorship.ย 

It has gotten a lot easier. But not quite that easy yet. However, Estonia could be your friend. Estonia is lovely this time of year too.
stanrym
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London is one of my favorites cities! (I'm from the EU). Yes, you need a visa, but you can call UK Embassy to see what you can do or do a ton of research.

In terms of a job, I think it'll be super easy for you to get a gig. Every startup wants a US person selling for them. NorAm is one of the best markets out there so you can give them an opportunity to win that market.
Tres
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The easiest way to get a visa will be to get a company to sponsor you, so either look for companies here in the US with a London office, or international companies in London who will hire foreigners. It can be difficult to get the visa, but good luck!

If not, you might have to settle for a shorter visit at first to network and search for jobs before you get the visa. I believe as an American you get 90 days before you need to get any sort of visa, and there may be 6 month types visas that are easier to get, but limit the work options you can do.ย 
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