Working abroad - Visa and Application Questions
Currently I am abroad (in Riga) and 1.5 months into my travels. I like Europe (a lot), and I have decided that I would not mind working here. I have come to the point where I have fully updated my CV, and have been looking for positions here in Europe. However, as usual, I have a few questions:
A work permit is necessary to seek employ in a foreign country. Canada has a working agreement with most countries in Europe that for young people (18-35), it is relatively easy to work for up to ONE year.
Some of the jobs I have been looking at claim that I must already have a Visa before applying. Is it worthwhile applying to them even though I do not (perhaps explaining that I could get one)?
How long does it take to get a Visa?
Is it easier if you already have a job offer?
Can I get a Visa while not physically being located in Canada? (Truth be told, certain... organizations still think that I am in Canada, as I have a friend who is excellent at reproducing my endorsement - so if it is a matter of mailing and signing something, aka me not showing up... in person, id in hand, it should be doable)?
I realize, in theory, I should just pick a country and get a visa, then move there and search for work. However, the thought of isolating myself to one option... and having other opportunities pass me by is not cool. aka I would like to leave my options open.
When I apply, should I make any mention of a Visa in my cover letter? Should I say that i am elligible for one, or that I even have one? Can I assume that organizations will not be concerned with my Visa status?
I am really a complete newbie at all of this, and I am at the stage where I have found some interesting options and would like to apply. However, I want to apply correctly lest I waste my time. Should I apply like I would jobs at home?
When applying for these jobs, what do I list for my address? My phone number (phoneless)? I do not want to appear like the homeless bum that I am.
Thanks very much.
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