You’ve decided you want to move overseas – or at least to a foreign country, but you don’t necessarily want the hassle of moving to a nation with language and customs that will make you feel like, well, a foreigner. The easiest countries for US citizens to move to happen to be among the English speaking nations, but there are other countries to consider as well, especially if you want to capitalize on experiencing a different culture.

Each country has its own set of visa and work permit requirements, but the following is a list of places to consider when you are looking to make a change.



The default first choice in terms of location and ease of transition is our neighbor to the north, Canada. Depending on the type of work you want to do, you may be able to get visas that classify you as skilled labor and allow you to work in the country for an indeterminate period of time. In terms of culture and language, there aren’t tremendous differences between Canada and the US, but their political system is viewed as more liberal, and their healthcare system is far superior to what the US has been able to offer up, even before the recent administration changes.


Australia and New Zealand

They may be far, far away, but linguistically, our neighbors to the south don’t pose too many challenges, other than deciphering accents and a few colloquial terms here and there.

From an employment perspective, both these Oceanic countries offer skilled worker and migrant worker visas that permit employment by foreigners for two or more years, depending on individual circumstances. Keep in mind however, that once you get to Australia or New Zealand, the rest of the world is a long, long plane ride away.



The emerald isle has a liberal visa program that can be beneficial for foreigners. There is no age restriction for work permits and they are still a part of the EU, so if you have a passport from any EU country, you can work in Ireland without restriction.  However, as a small country with a relatively high unemployment rate, it may not be the most lucrative place, at least from an employment perspective, to relocate.

That’s about it for the English speaking countries. Employment restrictions in the UK are challenging, particularly given the current Brexit situation, so you may want to look further afield.  If South America is on your bucket list, there are several countries in the southern hemisphere that may be relatively easy places to move to.



Tucked away on the east coast of South America between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has a reputation as a country with a stable political system and a high literacy rate, with over 97% of the population reported as literate. The country takes education very seriously and it has a public healthcare system that is available to both citizens as well as expatriates living permanently in the country.

Rentista visas are available to foreign nationals if they can demonstrate $1,500 USD per month in income. Work visas are available if you have a letter of commitment from an employer based in Uruguay. Retirement visas are also available and are dependent on individual situations.

One of the drawbacks of living and working in Uruguay is a relatively high cost of living. Uruguay does not have significant imports beyond South America, so the familiar products and features of home which can ease transitions may not be readily available.



Looking to the west coast of South America, the small country of Ecuador is another relatively easy country in which to acquire employment. Like Uruguay, Ecuador offers a Rentista Visa for foreigners who can show $800 USD of monthly income. Ecuador’s economy is based on the US dollar, making financial transactions substantially more familiar and easy to comprehend. However, like many South American countries, the cost of living can be high, with expenses such as gas and housing costing far more than in some part of the United States.



If you are looking for an entirely cultural experience that is deeply rooted in history, consider moving to Israel. With a strong economy and a diverse culture, Israel can be an easy place to relocate, even if you aren’t Jewish and don’t speak the language.

If you are Jewish, you are entitled to citizenship under the Law of Return. Obviously you should consult with the embassy or other related government entity before moving there just because of your religion, but it could make the transition and move substantially less complicated.

Israel has a sophisticated economy and culture, and a number of different work permits may be available based on your skill set, as well as past and present employers. While Hebrew is the official language, English is generally spoken everywhere. A country rich in history and culture, it is also a thriving nation with a young population that embraces popular culture and experience.

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