I just returned home from XXXX. I was a visiting scholar at XXXXX for AY16-17. We had discussed the possibility of me teaching, but the visa rendered it impossible. In short, I could get a visa to spend the year in HHHHH (along with my family) as long as neither I nor my husband worked in HHHHHH. The alternative visa for HHHHH would have been to have the XXXX provide documentation that supported why I would teach there, etc., etc. etc. Their HR department was not willing to go through these steps, which could take up to 6 months. So, we opted to go and survive on the salary from my US institution. Getting that visa was somewhat onerous, but much easier than the working visa. The year was amazing and well worth the effort.
There were many faculty I encountered who have taken 3 month stints, which you may do without a visa, but, as you mention below, then you can’t return for 3 months.
It is a great way to spend sabbatical and I would do it again in a heart beat.
There are funding schemes to support international mobility that visiting researchers /host institutions may apply for, but these would unfortunately typically require applications long in advance. As for the costs of living, they typically get higher the further north you go, whereas they would be much lower in the Southern and Eastern parts of Europe. Then again, English may not be so widely used at universities in Southern and Eastern Europe as in Northern Europe.
There have been some recent changes in financial reporting -- Dodd-Frank does a good job of discouraging non-US banks from dealing with Americans living and working abroad.
Seriously consider Chile, Colombia or Peru. Reasonable immigration rules and relatively good market. Also think of non EU European countries such as Norway or the Balkans. Turkey may also interest you. finally if time permits Fulbright.
Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan, Ph.D.
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