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As an American nosing around and planning for the next phase of my life, hopefully in international teaching, it occurred to me today that with so many school that posting jobs with the warning, "**No VISA is provided for NON EU Passport holders ", is it possible the job market in western Europe opens up to more non-British applicants? That is, WILL schools need help getting English-speaking applicants, and start working with their government to issue work visas?
Interested in your thoughts!!
Interested in your thoughts!!
I think we are a long way away from the final deal that the UK will strike with the EU so its still all guess work at the moment. If the UK decides to commit suicide and go no deal then the teachers from the USA and other none British English speaking countries will at least be on a level playing field with the Brits, possibly in an even better position. If the current British government has a brain between the lot of them they will strike a deal that leaves the UK closely aligned with the EU but the existence of that brain is rather dubious.
Also, a lot of schools say they can't provide visas, but if you are from certain countries it's not an issue. For example, if you are from the US, NZ, Japan, etc. you can travel visa-free to the EU. In some countries, as long as your in a shortage field (which teaching often is) and you have the requisite degrees and a concrete offer, you are then eligible for a visa. So just because the school doesn't give visa assistance doesn't mean you can't get a visa. It really depends on the country, your qualifications, etc. But Brexit wouldn't be a factor.
Not sure why you don't think Brexit will not be a factor. In the EU a job can only be taken by a none EU citizen if no EU citizen can fill that role. Pre brexit this means that British teachers have the priority over all none EU citizens even if the school may prefer the American candidate. If the EU citizen is qualified for that job they have priority. If brexit changes this then it will level an unlevel playing field.
One factor which seems to be overlooked is that Brits are not the only EU citizens who are native English speakers and well qualified for international school jobs in Western Europe. Ireland has been overtraining teachers for years, many have years of experience working with the British curriculum in state schools in the UK and they will still have full EU citizenship after Brexit concludes, meaning zero visa issues. This would bump them up the queue ahead of many non-EU teachers if Brits lose their current access to these jobs. Another factor is that a lot of British people have been applying for Irish passports since the referendum result or are eligible for Irish citizenship through ancestry, which means many British teachers will also be able to avoid visa hurdles by simply using their Irish passport to work in Western Europe.