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Old 08-11-2012, 11:32 PM
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Are developing countries more easier to immigrate to than developed ones? Especially for an American.

I came across these on another other sites about entry into developed nations:

The UK and the rest of Europe have very stringent entry requirements -- you can't just rock up, and there's no such thing as an application form for residency and/or employment for people who aren't already EU citizens. Well there is, but on applying you have to prove that you are (a) married to a European citizen, (b) the child of a European citizen, (c) a famous and wealthy artist/actor/musician, or (d) a well-heeled entrepreneur with an intention to create a corporation here.

The only other option for residency application (without the right to employment) is to prove that you are self-supporting with an unearned income to the tune of 50,000+ US Dollars a year.

Or else you have to be one of the top employees at an international American blue-chip company that's willing to pay and sponsor your temporary work visa (and you have to remain with that employer, oh, forever).

Those are the rules pretty much throughout Europe. It's overcrowded here and not enough jobs to go around, so they're not letting anyone else in from outside its own borders -- and if they do let any non-EU people, they have to be from Commonwealth countries or ex-Dutch or ex-French colonies (the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Angola, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, etc). People from the Far East, the US, and Central America just haven't got a chance unless they get married to a European.
Here's another one I've find on AskMetafilter:

You'll have a hard time moving anyplace worthwhile without an advanced degree and a pile of cash: if you start looking at the immigration websites for all the worthwhile places to emigrate to (Canada, NZ, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, etc.) you'll notice that they don't really want or need you unless you are a political refugee or have very valuable, highly specialized skills.

So if you're serious about emigrating you'll go back to school and get a Ph.D in someting useful -- an applied science would be your best yet -- and then start asking this again. If you really want to leave now you'd be better off heading to someplace in the rapidly-developing third world (viz, Thailand, Vietnam, etc) and freelancing on anything you can do over the internet (get paid in dollars, spend in bhat).
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