Work Visa Age Limits & Residency Permit for Jobs Abroad

Work Visa Age Limits, Residency Permit for Jobs Abroad 2020

As a 56 year old looking at work abroad job advertisements the same no older than 40 or, 50, 60 is listed.  Work visa age limits countries & residency permit listings below to see if you can qualify for a job overseas.

Countries working holiday visa is available for 60 nations for people from certain countries, although this is one type of visa available.

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 a majority of countries, or for Dubai/United Arab Emirates, without parent/guardian consent is 21 years old.

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

Work visa age limit for jobs abroad

Work permit age requirements; forget countries Saudi Arabia, Brunei or a job 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.



Minimum age work visa United Arab Emirates 18 years old.  Residencies permit 21 years for a person alone in some cases; for example heavy lifting and night working jobs.

United Arab Emirates does not have an official work visa age limit, although difficult to obtain once you reach 65 years old.

The UAE’s Labour Law No. 8 of 1980, as amended doesn’t state a certain age limit to cancel a work contract or hire a foreign employee in relation to what they call “age or seniority! when applying for a UAE work permit.  Source: Official UAE government website.

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 worker be given a work related residency. 

  • Private sector workers in UAE, retirement age is 65 years in 2020, such as commercial companies.

After 65 one year work visa, case by case on need, qualifications, skills and experience. You would receive a 12 months visa,  this is for example; senior, management positions or a university lecturer.

Some other types of jobs in UAE for a working visa would be maximum age 60, including manual labour, house maids, guards, drivers and store assistants. Although over 60 years old domestic workers in Dubai/UAE can renew their work permit under certain conditions.

India national Maid’s 30 at least years old for UAE work. Indian Consulate ruling that helps to protect you.  Dubai housemaid visa only for Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines and India nationals.

“Female Sri Lankan domestic workers must be aged 23 to accept employment abroad, according to the Sri Lankan government” Source

Saudi Arabia

Work visa age limit in Saudi Arabia 60 years old maximum for public sector jobs. Private sector company jobs overseas workers gain work permits and residence in their mid 60’s. Foreign workers under 58 years old and for some work 55 depends if manual work or highly skilled and shortage occupation.

Minimum age work visa in Saudi Arabia 21 years old. Residency permit around same age.

Working age in KSA starts at 16 and official retirement in public sector jobs at 60 years old.


Minimum age Qatar work visa 21 years old.

Qatar work visa age limit 60 years old officially. Some manual workers and other types of jobs 50 years old. Older than 50? employers are finding it much more difficult to obtain a work visa for a foreigner, as the Qatar government are looking for a younger skilled and qualified work force.

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



Kuwait work visa maximum age limit under 60 years old for foreign employees. Some job industries 50 years old, such as domestic foreign workers. Expat workers will not receive a work visa or residency permit at age 60 years or above. 

Kuwait has no official working age limit, although they do have a hiring limit to age under 60 years old for foreign employees.  You must be under 60 years old.

Minimum age Kuwait work permit is 21 years old. Kuwait labor law.

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

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



Working age visa Bahrain work permit 20 years old minimum, 65 maximum years old with over 60 years old requiring to apply or renew online.



21 years old work visa minimum age & officially maximum 60 years old for foreigner work visa.


Minimum and maximum age for work visa by country guides only as laws change all the time


Middle East


Jordan                                      No age limit for a foreigner working visa issue  


Lebanon                                  Work visa for foreign workers age limit is none


Palestine                                    ?


Egypt                                          ?





Algeria                                      Any age limit work visa  Legal working minimum age Algeria 16 years old, must be skilled foreign worker with certification. Retirement age 60 years old, more difficult for a work permit after 60.


Benin                                        Any


Botswana                                 Any


Burundi                                      ?


Cameron                                    ?


Djibouti                                    Any


Egypt                                        70+       Possible issues with health insurance 65+


Kenya                                     (Only for skilled workers) minimum age 18 years old work visa and maximum age around 55 (Few people up to 60 years old) years for work permit & residency. Kenya retirement age 60 for government employees.


Ethiopia                                   60-65


Gabon                                      Early 60s


Gambia                                     ?


Ghana                                      60


Guinea                                      ?


Madagascar                             ?


Malawi                                     60    Case by case when 60+


Mauritania                               ?


Morocco                                  60


Mozambique                           No limit


Namibia                                   No limit


Niger                                         ?


Nigeria                                     No limit        Case by case after 60


Seychelles                                ?


South Africa                             No limit


Swaziland                                 No limit


Tanzania                                   55


Togo                                         No limit


Tunisia                                       ?


Uganda                                    No age limit


Zambia                                    No age limit, although they look at shortage and what you offer


Saint Helena                           At least early 60s possible





Armenia                                      ?


Azerbaijan                               No limit


Bangladesh                             No limit


Bhutan                                     No limit


Brunei                                      54 – Enter & start job before 55. Work until 60


Cambodia                                65, Expect to get lower soon


China                                        Minimum age 18 –  Maximum age 57 years, With foreign expert certificate to late 60s. 1st August 2018 57 age limit?


Cyprus                                     Any age


Georgia                                    No limit


India                                         No limit


Indonesia                                 Minimum 27 years state school, max age 60 years old, None officially, not easy after 60


Israel                                        60s


Japan                                        65


Kazakhstan                              No limit, They look at what offer against requirements


Laos                                          ?


Malaysia                                   Minimum age 18 depends on visa type, 60 max


Maldives                                   ?


Mongolia                                  60, Visa & residency for a few older with right skills


Myanmar (Burma)                  62, Depends on you, skills and shortage if older


Nepal                                       ?


Pakistan                                    60


Philippines                                60


Singapore                                 Min age 18 years,  maximum age under 50  (Malaysians 58 max age) service SG pass work permit. Depends on visa type, Highly skilled 60 + max skilled (Very few)


South Korea                             60 max (Difficult older)


Sri Lanka                                  60?


Taiwan                                      Min age 18 visa/residency, 60+ No official age limit, Labour Standards Act Taiwan employer can refuse work 60 yrs+


Thailand                                   No limit, Age 60 countries official retirement. Difficult after 60 to obtain a work visa


Turkey                                      60


Uzbekistan                               No age limit


Vietnam                                    Min 18 years of age, under 60 years old visa issued


Hong Kong                               Min 18, 60 years old max, 65 for private schools. Possible benefits loss





Albania                                      Not official limit of work visa


Andorra                                     ?


Austria                                      No limit for work visa


Azerbaijan                                Any age, depends on skills and shortage


Belgium                                    No age limit


Bulgaria                                    None, Retirement at 65, Difficult after this


Croatia                                      65, not easy after retirement age


Czech Republic                        No upper age limit for a work visa


Denmark                                  None


Estonia                                     Possible up to 63 for a work visa


Finland                                     Maximum limit of 68, case by case


France                                      No working visa age upper limit


Georgia                                    None


Germany                                  No limit on age


Greece                                      No limit


Hungary                                   Any age


Iceland                                     Any workers age


Italy                                          No workers age limit


Kazakhstan                             Cut off appears to by late 60s


Latvia                                       Any age


Liechtenstein                           No official age limit


Lithuania                                  Any age


Luxembourg                           No upper limit on age for a work visa


Macedonia                               Mid 60s for a visa for work


Malta                                         Appears to be 65


Moldova                                   Any age


Monaco                                    No limit on a workers visa age


Montenegro                            Not official, although late 60s possible depends


Netherlands                            Mid 40’s, loss of medical and work age benefits after


Norway                                    None, any age


Poland                                      No official work visa limit


Portugal                                   No limit, country retirement age men around 66


Romania                                   No upper age worker limit


Russia                                       Any age


Slovakia                                   No age limit, state pension 62, work visa around same age


Slovenia                                   Any, retire around 64, no visa after late 60s


Spain                                        No upper age for a work visa


Sweden                                    Any age


Switzerland                              No work permit age limit


Turkey                                      Difficult after 60 retirement age, 65 maybe


Ukraine                                     Possible to mid 60s with right skills


United Kingdom                      There is no official age restriction for a work permit in the UK



South America


Argentina                                  None     


Bolivia                                       None


Brazil                                         None


Chile                                          None


Colombia                                  62


Ecuador                                    No limit


Falkland Islands                     No limit


Paraguay                                  None


Peru                                          None


Uruguay                                   No age limit



Central America


Belize                                       No limit on age


Costa Rica                               No age limit for worker


Honduras                                Any age


Nicaragua                                No limit on age


Panama                                   Any age limit



North America


Canada                                     No age limit


United States                          No upper jobs age limit


Mexico                                     No limit on workers age





Australia                                   Maximum age permanent skills visa Australia 44 years old,    Employer sponsor temporary visa (Subclass 482)  No official age limit


Fiji                                             None             Committee meets weekly case by case for any visa


New Caledonia                       No limit        Difficult at any age


New Zealand                           50                 50 work visa, 55 for residency!!


Solomon Islands                     No limit        Depends on skills and island requirements



Work visa and residency permit

Not everyone will be issued with the required paperwork to legally enter a country and be employed as a foreign worker.

For a good number of countries before you can work you require your qualifications certified and medical check up before taking up a job.

Always leave plenty time to process a visa, permit or obtain all the required documents.


Typical documents required for a visa to work in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai/UAE, plus many other countries

  • Police clearance check can take 30 days + to process, then it requires to be authenticated and then legalised.
  • Full medical check with blood test and possible chest x ray
  • Colour passport scan & copy
  • Employer reference
  • Signed offer of employment and contract from the proposed sponsor company in the country you are going
  • Qualifications & certification qualifications and transcripts colour copy & scan
  • Documents (Police certificate, qualifications, medical record) authenticated and legalised at the countries embassy
  • 5 plus colour photographs


Country age restrictions for foreign workers

Not all employers and countries governments welcome workers in their 50s or 60s. I know, I’m in my middle 50s.

You’ll not be offered so many jobs. Why, more expensive to employ you and medical insurance cost are far higher than a younger employee. Over 60 years old medical cover for employees may not be offered by insurance companies.

When you reach 60 years old Europe, North & South America and a few other countries are you’re only option for employment.

Higher insurance costs and possible medical costs, hence fewer job offers.

There are countries that restrict work and residency visa permission after a certain age, effectively imposing an age limit.


Age limit for a working abroad visa

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 an employers 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. 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 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 work on a visit or business visa. You would not be legal.
  • Look at paying for your own medical insurance or top up.  Employers in some countries can not get insurance to cover you for accident or other eventualities over a certain age, as it is much more expensive.
  • Apply for jobs in countries and areas where there is a greater need for your skills. 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, and cultural awareness, up to date.
  • Ask an employer or recruitment agent if they have obtained or been denied a working visa for foreigners over the standard age limit requirement.


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 employers are looking to fill a post and may not have your best interests to mind. 

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?


4 thoughts on “Work Visa Age Limits & Residency Permit for Jobs Abroad”


    Good evening sir.
    At Present I am 60 years of Age. I Am HSE Professional. i can eligibility to work in Ireland. Please Specify.

    1. People are in Ireland right now that are over 60 years old and working, no discrimination. People that have the right to live and work in Ireland can be employed. You require to look at the Irish government official website if you require a work visa.

    1. Educationtay

      Kuwait changed the work visa and residency permit rules in January 2021. They implemented a maximum age of under 60 years old for new and existing foreign employees applying or renewing a Kuwait residency permit or work visa.

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