In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, Lauren asks:
I have a question as someone going on the job market with a spouse who is (reasonably) flexible about location, as long as it is in a city. We are both American, but are considering options in other English-speaking countries. How difficult is it to get spousal visas that allow spouses to work in countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia, etc.? We lived together in Canada before, and although my spouse wasn't able to automatically work, he did get a spousal visa automatically and then was hired by a company that sponsored his work visa, so we would be open to doing that again, too, as long as the situation wasn't such that no one would want to hire him because of the necessity for visa sponsorship. Anyone with experience of foreign two-body issues want to weigh in?
Anon's reply seems right to me:
You must get an answer from a USA citizen who has moved to the specific country you are moving to. I am not a US citizen but moved to the US, and will be moving elsewhere soon. Each country is different, and it differs significantly with respect to what country of citizenship you hold. It also has profound implications for money that you hold in other countries.
I was a finalist for a job in South Africa, and it was made clear to me that my spouse would not be able to get a work visa there for something like 3 years--and this was a very big issue for us. However, since Lauren asked--and since Anon pointed out things can be different for different countries--it might be helpful to hear from readers who have moved abroad.
If you moved abroad for an academic job with a significant other, what were the work restrictions? How did they affect your decision to accept the job, and/or your relationship if you did accept it?