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Work Visa Age Limits & Residency Permit Teach Abroad 2019

Work Visa Age Limits & Residency Permit Teach Abroad 2019As a 54 year old looking at working abroad or school teacher job advertisements the same no older than 40 or 60 is listed.  Work visa age limits & residency permit table below to teach abroad or a job working abroad.

 

Minimum work visa age is generally 18 for most countries or 21 years old for some.  You also need to apply separately for a residency permit which is issued to people at least 18 years old in many countries, or for Dubai/United Arab Emariates, without parent/guardian consent is 21 years old (See  https://government.ae/en/information).

Minimum working age in European Union countries is 16 years old (without restrictions), 15 years and above age to start work in some African, Asian and South American countries. 

 

See table below for country age limit.  General age limits for a work visa in each location overseas.

Work residency permit for each country is different to your work visa, with other criteria to meet, eg; salary over a certain amount or length of stay.

 

Work visa age limit for jobs abroad

Work & residency permit age requirements

Forget countries Saudi Arabia, Brunei or at a government job or school in South Korea after a successful 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.

 

United Arab Emirates work visa age limit 65.

Minimum age work visa United Arab Emirates 18 years old.

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.

  • Private sector workers in UAE, retirement age is 65 years in 2019. After 65 one year work visa, case by case on need, qualifications, skill and experience. Much more expensive & for very few people.

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.

Some other types of jobs in UAE for a working visa would be maximum age 60.

 

Saudi Arabia

Work visa age limit in Saudi Arabia 60 years old.  ESL teachers under 58.

Minimum age work visa in Saudi Arabia 18 years old, also for visit visa.

Working age in KSA starts at 16 and offically stops at 60 years old.

 

Qatar

Minimum age Qatar work visa 21 years old? or at least 18 years.

Qatar work visa age limit 60 years old, offically. Some manual workers and school teachers 50 years.

Some employers and international schools can only get you a work visa if you are under 50 years old. Qatar law 2019.

 

Kuwait

Professional/skilled workers Minimum age work visa in Kuwait 30 years old (degree holders). Recommended (Not law yet).

Unskilled minimum age work visa in Kuwait 18 years old in theory. Employes must be 18 and over to start work.

Kuwait work visa maximum age limit 60 years old. Some job industries. 50 years old servants.

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.

2019, some schools are advertising jobs for no teacher older than 54 years, that is for USA, UK, Canada for school teachers in Kuwait.

Visa restrictions in Kuwait for school teachers in 2019 are that it depends on your nationality and how senior the job is at a school.

 

A country official retirement age is a good indicator of when the maximum age limit a person can obtain a legal residency & work permit. I will keep updating the requirements as they happen.

 

The following table is a guide only as laws are changing all the time May 2019

 

Country                                                                     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

Minimum age 18  

60

With foreign expert certificate to late 60s. 1st August 2018 57 age limit? quoted on job ads

Cyprus

   

Any

 

Georgia

   

Any

 

India

   

Any

State retirement on or before 60

Indonesia

Minimum 27 years state school

 

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

   

60

 
         

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

Western teachers told 54 years max (2019) visa

 

 

60 max

18-30 years unskilled visa possible. Minisrty recommends 30 years old minimum skilled workers. (Not law)

Oman

   

60

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

Palestine

   

?

 

Qatar

Schools, maids, servants (Under 50 years old) 2019

 

 

50 or max 60 for some industries

Residency permit 21 years old, yourself?

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

Saudi Arabia

Min age 18   

58-60 max

 58 for some ESL teacher jobs.

United Arab Emirates

Min age 21 for residency permit, alone

 

65

55 government jobs, 65 international schools.

         
         
         
         

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

 
         
         

When a young woman in her twenties called me dad on the bus, then maybe I am definitely ageing. 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 workers or teachers have built up considerable knowledge, skills, experience; know what works, and what does not.

Age limit for a working abroad visa

Have you seen on the internet references to age limits for school, language centre, universities, other jobs 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.

How to search for jobs overseas

This guidance is from my personal experience teaching overseas. Can be for any job working abroad:

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

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

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

  • Do not be tempted to teach or work on a visit ot business visa. You would not be legal

  • Look at paying for your own medical insurance or top up.  Employers, schools & 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 for your skill pr young age. 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

  • 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 shortage of teachers. Governments realise this and are slowly allowing older teachers work & residency visa’s where before they were denied because of age restrictions.

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