Here’s a few common items people tend to not think about when they are going abroad for work.
Passport: Are you aware that passport processing may require from 8-12 weeks?
Background Check: Many of the jobs overseas require a federal criminal background which you can get from your local police department. In the U.S., this process might be as long as 8-12 weeks.
Medical Exam: Before your departure, a complete physical exam is needed by nearly all Asian, Middle Eastern, and several European countries, and some may mandate TB and/or HIV tests.
Work Visa: Asian countries and several Eastern European countries require that work visas for teachers are processed in advance; this step may take up to 30 days or more.
Tourist Visa: Being allowed to enter Brazil, China, Russia and other specific countries requires the individual have a valid tourist visa to be acquired before hand, which can be as much as 30 days or more in some cases. It just depends what time of year you apply as certain times international travel is heaver than others.
Airline Tickets: Reserving and paying far ahead of time nine times out of ten gets you the best prices on airfare. The price is normally higher the more you wait or become indecisive.