The 6 Easiest Countries To Get A Work Visa

Want to start an international career? We list six of the easiest countries to get a work visa after business school

Which countries make it easy to get a work visa? Not currently the United States. Although former President Trump’s H-1B visa suspension has been lifted, getting a US work visa is still a lottery.

You can get a top-class education at a business school in the US on a F-1 student visa, but if you’re an international candidate wanting a to start a new career there too, you may be forced to reconsider.

While the process of getting a work visa is rarely stress-free—even for MBA and master’s graduates—there are a few countries that make it easier.

Here’s six of the easiest countries to get a work visa. Take a look and you might just consider a new destination for your business school degree.

6. New Zealand

New Zealand has always been a popular choice for those looking for stunning landscapes and a relatively stress-free visa system. Its post-study work visa is for those who have completed a relevant degree in the country, and is granted for a period of up to three years—perfect for searching for that first job after your MBA or business master’s. 

At the end of your post-study work visa, there are plenty of options to stay in New Zealand if you have the right skills and experience. For example, the Skilled Migrant Visa grants permanent residence to the country on the basis of skills shortages in the country (note that currently New Zealand isn’t accepting any applications for the Skilled Migrant Visa due to COVID-19). 

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Then the Entrepreneurship Work Visa offers you the chance to build your business in the country for a period of up to three years. You must have a detailed business plan, NZ$100k to invest (US$65k), and be able to meet a minimum of 120 points on their visa points scale. 

5. Canada

Although Canada shares a lengthy border with the US, its flexible immigration system couldn’t be more at odds with that of its neighbor. 

As the US restricts visas, Canada has extended its flexible rules for international students, meaning those who start programs in the fall are allowed to complete up to 50% of their programs online and retain their eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

Check out: 5 Reasons To Study Your MBA In Canada


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The PGWP itself allows students who have graduated for a program of at least eight months to apply for a visa of at least nine months, while a two-year MBA program could grant you a PGWP of three years. 

Or, you might apply for permanent residence (and thus the right to live and work in Canada) under the Federal Skilled Worker or Canadian Experience Class programs, both of which grant permits if you have work experience in managerial, professional, or technical jobs. 

Top business schools in Canada include Ivey Business School of the University of Western Ontario, John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, and UBC Sauder School of Business.

4. Singapore

Singapore is already a popular choice for MBAs, thanks to top-ranked schools like NUS Business School and Singapore Management University and links to businesses across Asia. 

Here, if you’ve graduated from a higher education program in the country, you’re eligible to apply for a Short-Term Visit Pass which allows you to stay in Singapore for an extra 30-90 days. After gaining this breathing room, an application for a Long-Term Visit Pass grants a stay of up to a year in Singapore.

Read about: 7 Amazing MBA Students From NUS Business School


Once you’ve found your dream job in the city-state, there are a couple of work visas available to you. The Employment Pass is designed for professionals, managers, and executives earning more than S$3,900 (US$ 2,800) a month and is sponsored by your employer for up to two years. 

If you classify as a ‘mid-skilled’ worker, you will qualify for the S Pass which offers a stay of up to two years for graduates earning at least S$2,400 (US$1,700) a month.

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