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Age Limits Teach Abroad Work Visa & Residency Chart 2017

As a 52 year old looking at school teacher job advertisements and then scrolling down to person criteria the same no older than 40 or 60 is listed.  Age limits teach abroad work & residency chart below I complied to help or prevent people from making a costly mistake.

Age limit for teacher work visaWhen a young woman in her twenties called me dad on the bus, then maybe I am definitely aging. Sure, the lines on my face are getting deeper, that does not mean I am any less capable than someone half my age.  Us older teachers and lecturers have built up considerable knowledge, skills, experience; know what works, and what does not.

 

Age requirement

Have you seen on the internet references to age limits for school, language centre, universities and people talking about employer’s age preference?

Yes, it’s good you are offered a job and told to start the paperwork, medical, arrive by a certain date. Some things are out of a school and our control, namely obtaining a work & residency permit for the country you have been offered a job.  Forget countries Saudi Arabia, Brunei or teaching at a government school in South Korea after a successful education career in your home country.  You are already too old at 61 for these 3 countries to obtain a work permit or to reside legally for the duration of your contract.

Government departments decide and issue permits for a foreign teacher to work and teach at a school in the country.  Even if you are over the advertised age limit case by case school requests to the immigration department can happen in a number of countries.

Reported in a gulf regional newspaper The National, since January 2011 the Ministry of Labour in United Arab Emirates schools can request an over 60 year old teacher be given a work related residency. This makes the UAE age limit 65 effectively.  Normally, what would happen is that you would receive a 12 months visa, instead of a 2-3 year visa that younger teachers receive.   This would be for an international school teacher, management position or a university lecturer.

Looking at Kuwait where there is always international school jobs for kindergarten, primary and high school, you can be employed by a school up to 60 years.  Kuwait has no official working age limit, although they do have a hiring limit to age 60 for foreign educators. Reported in the Arabtimesonline working age limit can extend to 65+ as long as you work for the same employer.

I taught in Kuwait in 2006/7 and one teacher was hired at 67 from Canada.  The hire age limit was reduced to 60, and talk of it being lowered once again, as local workers take over the jobs of expatriates.

 

How to search for teacher jobs overseas

This guidance is from my personal experience teaching overseas:

  • Conduct through research on the legal requirements to work and stay in the country you wish to teach.  You could contact the embassy, look/ask questions on forums

 

  • Be realistic of what you can achieve. Some countries give older educators permission to teach case by case, for example you have specialist/shortage skills, no younger person applied to fill the post

 

  • Make a list of countries to teach abroad where age is not an issue to work as an older teacher, see if one or more fits in with what you are looking for

 

  • Do not be tempted to teach on a business visa I was offered.  You would not be legal, except possibly Cambodia

 

  • Look at paying for your own medical insurance or top up.  Schools and universities in some countries can not get insurance to cover you for accident or other eventualities over a certain age

 

  • Apply for jobs in countries and areas where there is a greater need for teachers. Maybe you wish to spend time working in China, but you are too old for Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu.  Why not look to experience other provinces in China that older teachers are readily accepted by schools and issued legal Z visa’s by the immigration department. You can then visit the area during holidays or when you complete your contract

 

  • Don’t apply, or at least expect to be offered a job during peak recruitment time of January to April.  Wait until May on wards or even until just before schools start. A school can ask immigration in certain countries, such as Oman for permission to sponsor a teacher above the standard age limit.  Oman is always looking for English teachers to work in government training colleges

 

  • State your specialist knowledge, skills, experience, cultural awareness, up to date with curriculum & technology in the classroom

 

  • Rumour and gossip does not count. Actual facts are what matters, such as government forms, websites and national press reporting government quotes or interviews. Thailand is widely quoted online as 50 age limit a working visa.  This is not true.    Yes, Thailand hires teachers and experience, qualifications, age and image are top of their list.  Schools seem to like hiring younger teachers under 50 years old

 

  • Ask a school if they have obtained or been denied a working visa for teachers over the standard age limit requirement.  You could also enquire when speaking to recruitment agents

 

  • Think very carefully before flying off to a country, starting or looking for a job, completing all paperwork and medical in that foreign country.  Recruiters and some schools are looking to fill a post and may not have your best interests to mind.  All about risk. Do you wish to fly out to Qatar or Taiwan on a tourist visa, as you can, arriving and finding out you can not obtain a work permit?     This happened to me for Qatar.  I was informed a 12 week wait before the school can start the process for my paperwork.  The school had used up it’s allocation of British people for visas.  Was I happy after giving notice on my house rental and giving away most of my possessions to start a new chapter in my life?

 

You are an asset, a qualified teacher with successful classroom experience.  Around the world there is a short of teachers. Governments realise this and are slowly allowing older teachers work & residency visa’s where before they were denied because of age restrictions.

 

A country official retirement age is a good indicator of when the maximum age limit a person can obtain a legal residency & work permit.

 

The following table is a guide only as laws are changing all the time September 2017

 

Country                           School/University               Age Limit                                Comments

        

 

Africa

Algeria

Any

You will require skills at any age. English or other

Benin

Any

Botswana

Any

Burundi

?

Cameron

?

Djibouti

Any

Egypt

70+

Possible issues with health insurance 65+

Kenya

55

Locals 55, difficult after this

Ethiopia

60-65

Not sure on definite cut off exact age

Gabon

Early 60s

Gambia

?

Ghana

60

Guinea

?

Madagascar

?

Malawi

Any

Case by case when 60+

Mauritania

?

Morocco

60

Mozambique

None

Namibia

None

Niger

?

Nigeria

60

Case by case after 60

Seychelles

?

South Africa

No limit

Should be 65+. Think about medical cover?

Swaziland

Any

Tanzania

55

Togo

None

Tunisia

?

Uganda

No limit

Zambia

Any

Although they look at shortage and what you offer

Saint Helena

At least early 60s possible

Asia

Armenia

??

Azerbaijan

None

Bangladesh

None

Bhutan

None

Brunei

54

Enter & start job before 55. Work until 60

Cambodia

65

Expect to get lower soon

China

60

With foreign expert certificate to late 60s

Cyprus

Any

Georgia

Any

India

Any

State retirement on or before 60

Indonesia

60

None officially although not easy after 60, country retire age 58

Israel

67 age of retirement in the country for men

Japan

65

Official 65 now

Kazakhstan

None

They look at what offer against requirements

Laos

?

Malaysia

60

 Country information for Malaysia

Maldives

?

Mongolia

60

Visa & residency for a few older with right skills

Myanmar

(Burma)

62

Depends on you, skills and shortage

Nepal

?

Pakistan

None

Philippines

60

Exceptional case to be given a visa any time teaching

Singapore

70

Maybe no official age limit now

South Korea

60

Private schools no limit, if you can get a job

Sri Lanka

60

Taiwan

65

 Some basics for teachers in Taiwan

Thailand

None

Age 60 countries official retirement. More difficult after 60 to obtain a visa, although is possible.

Turkey

60

Younger teachers find it easier to get visa’s

Uzbekistan

None

Vietnam

60

Official retirement age. No visa issue when 60, as you are now seen as retired, hit state age to retire

Hong Kong

60

65 for private schools. Possible benefits loss

Europe

Albania

Not official

Early 60s,  not much after the countries people retire

Andorra

Not sure here?

Austria

None

Azerbaijan

None

Depends on skills and shortage

Belgium

None

Bulgaria

Men retire at 65, Difficult after this

Croatia

65

Not easy after retirement age

Cyprus

65

Czech Republic

None

Denmark

None

Although not easy after 65

Estonia

None

Possible up to 63

Finland

68

Maximum limit of 68, case by case

France

No limit

Georgia

None

Depends on need and you

Germany

Any

Greece

None

Hungary

Any

Iceland

Any

Ireland

Any

Italy

None

Kazakhstan

Late 60s

Cut off appears to by late 60s

Latvia

Any

Liechtenstein

None

Mid 60s, then little chance

Lithuania

Any

Luxembourg

None

Macedonia

Mid 60s, then little chance

Malta

65

Appears to be 65

Moldova

Any

Monaco

Any

Not easy to secure a visa here

Montenegro

None

Not official, although late 60s possible, depends

Netherlands

Mid 40’s

Loss of medical and work age benefits after

Norway

None

Poland

65 age of pension

Portugal

Country retirement age men 66

Romania

65 when locals retire, nothing official

Russia

None

 Russia country page for teachers

Slovakia

State pension 62, work visa around age

Slovenia

Retire at 64 in country, no visa after late 60s

Spain

Any

60+ difficult.  See here for Spain

Sweden

None

Switzerland

None

Turkey

Difficult after 60 retirement age, 65 maybe

Ukraine

Possible to mid 60s with right skills

United Kingdom

None

 

Middle East

Bahrain

60

Jordan

None

Lebanon

None

Kuwait

None, but

60 new school hire. 65+ if working in country for the same employer

Oman

60

Officially 60, although shortage of teachers! Other country information for teachers

Palestine

?

Qatar

60

Difficult after 60 for expense/health insurance. Requirements for school Qatar teachers

Saudi Arabia

58

 Looking to experience KSA teaching 

United Arab Emirates

60

(Born 1961 or after ADEC) 55 government jobs, 65 international schools, 60 standard limits. On schools request to the ministry of labour 65, one year contract each year.

Australasia

Australia

55

Fiji

None

Committee meets weekly case by case for any visa

New Caledonia

Difficult at any age

New Zealand

50

50 work visa, 55 for residency!!

Solomon Islands

None

Depends on skills and island requirements

Central America

Belize

No limit

Costa Rica

None

Honduras

None

Nicaragua

None

Panama

No limit

North America

Canada

None

Mexico

No limit

United States

None

South America

Argentina

None

Bolivia

None

Brazil

None

Chile

No limit

Colombia

62

Changed from 57 to 62 recently

Ecuador

No limit

Falkland Islands

None

Paraguay

None

Peru

65-70?

Uruguay

None

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