The pandemic has had a massive impact on all our lives. One of the first huge changes to life as we knew it was International borders closing. Whilst we’ve all been riding out this crazy storm in our homes, overseas travel seems a distant memory.
After a lot of Netflix and trivia nights on Zoom, it’s safe to say, we’re starting to think about where and when our next real-life adventures could be? Here at anzuk education we’re starting to hear more questions around – “When can I travel overseas?”.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are still options to relocate overseas right now. That’s not to say relocation is the best option for everyone though. Moving overseas is a big decision at the best of times and there are certainly additional factors to consider at this current time.
Below are the latest updates in terms of travelling and moving overseas to work by country:
The UK does not currently have their borders closed and Commonwealth citizens can still apply for visas. Anyone with existing visa rights could be eligible to alter their arrival dates at no extra cost.
When applying for a working visa for the UK you must attend an appointment in person at a Visa Processing centre local to you. Some of these visa centres around the world have been closed at time due to local Covid restrictions, but most have now reopened.
There is a 14-day self-isolation period on arrival to the UK unless you arrive from an exempt country. This list of countries is subject to change so it is worth factoring in the 14 day self-isolation period just in case.
Restrictions in the UK around socialising, gatherings and travel overseas and within the UK) are also in place at varying levels across the UK. Currently, schools have remained open despite other restrictions being imposed across the UK, operating with covid-19 safe plans and hygiene strategies in place.
A couple of things to keep in mind regarding the UK:
- The Youth Mobility Visa is still only accessible if you apply before your 31st birthday.
- Brexit changes are coming into place on the 31st of December, meaning that moving to reside as an EU citizen will no longer be an option after this date.
If you fall into these categories and have an interest in relocating to the UK in the future please get in touch to discuss your options as soon as possible and to ensure you make an informed decision.
Anzuk education’s Visa Support Service can assist you with visa applications for the UK.
Official updates –
The Australian border is currently closed to everyone incoming, other than Australian citizens, Permanent Residents and some essential workers.
Overseas Educators are not currently classed as essential workers. We are keeping a close eye on this for any changes.
It is also looking like some routes into Australia may open sooner than others. The Trans-Tasman route being the first of those most likely.
The Australian border is also closed to Australian citizens wishing to leave, however, in some cases you can apply for an exemption of the travel ban should you have certain supporting documents to compliment your plans to relocate to another country.
Official updates – https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia
The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Only a small number of people can travel to New Zealand, such as New Zealand citizens and people with a critical purpose to travel. You may need to request permission to travel first.
There is no ban in place to stop New Zealand citizens from leaving to relocate to another country.
Moving to the USA
The USA border is closed for all non-essential travel and the E3 Visa which scoot sponsor Australian Educators on is currently unavailable.
There is no ban in place to restrict Canadian citizens from leaving to move to another country. Travel is dependent on restrictions in place to enter other countries; for example – you could move from Canda to the UK, however you may not be able to move from Canada to Australia/New Zealand yet due to certain border restrictions.
What you can do now…
There are many different drivers as to why someone may want or need to relocate to another country.
You might be looking for something different and an option that you can pursue soon. You may currently be living abroad, needing support with a move back to your home country. Or, perhaps you’re interested in an overseas adventure down the track once covid-19 has settled.
Whatever your situation and timeline, wherever you want to go, now is a great time to get in touch and have a chat with the Global Opportunities team. We can support you every step of the way. If your plans are on hold that’s absolutely fine. There is still plenty you can do in the meantime to prepare, connect with other travelling educators, stay in the loop with any important changes and just get pumped for future travels!
Ask us about our online learning and professional development platform – exceptional.talent – we have loads of courses and other resources to prepare you to teach in another country, plus lots of other great stuff! It’s never too early to register your interest.
We will get through this and on the other side of Covid, travelling will be even better than ever.
The Global Opportunities team at anzuk education are here to support you with turning your travel dreams into a reality – whenever the time is right for you. We are still having lots of conversations with Educators planning to move to the UK, Australia, NZ & the USA at some point in the future.
Living and working in another country is dependent upon Immigration requirements for that country. If you’re unsure of your eligibility get in touch and we can work through it together.