Recruit teachers from overseas (2024)

1. Check the rules on visas and immigration

Applicants for teaching jobs from overseas need a visa or other immigration status allowing them to work in the UK. This includes those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Applicants already have the right to work in the UK if they:

  • are Irish citizens
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

Most other applicants will need a skilled worker visa, which their employer must sponsor. The sponsor can be the school where they work, the local authority, or an academy trust. Sponsors must have a ‘worker licence’, sometimes referred to as an ‘employer licence’.

Your school or organisation may already be a licensed worker sponsor. Check the register of licensed sponsors: workers.

If you’re not already a sponsor, you can either apply to become a sponsor, or recruit applicants who don’t need to be sponsored.

Apply to become a licensed worker sponsor

You can refer to UK visa sponsorship for employers to learn more about how to become a licensed worker sponsor.

To become a licensed worker sponsor, you will need to:

  • show you’re suitable to be a sponsor
  • appoint a member of staff to manage the sponsorship process
  • supply supporting documents
  • pay your licence fees
  • meet your responsibilities as a sponsor

Recruit applicants who don’t need to be sponsored

Applicants with the following visa or immigration status will not need to be sponsored.

Graduate visa

International students in the UK can apply for a graduate visa on successful completion of their degree.

To apply, they’ll need to have been sponsored by an eligible Home Office licensed student sponsor over the course of their studies.

The graduate visa allows holders to work, or look for work, in the UK for up to 2 years after completing their studies (3 years for PhD students) without a sponsor.

This includes:

  • working as a teacher
  • training to teach on a salaried course or through a teaching apprenticeship

They can switch from a graduate visa to another visa (such as the skilled worker visa) without having to leave the UK if they meet the requirements for their new visa.

High potential individual visa

To be eligible for a high potential individual visa, teachers must:

  • have a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD from a university listed in the global universities list
  • have been awarded their qualification no more than 5 years before they apply
  • have English language skills to B1 intermediate level
  • have personal funds of £1,270
  • pass a security and criminality check

They do not need an offer of a teaching job to apply for this visa and they’ll be able to stay in the UK for 2 years with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, and 3 years with a PhD.

Youth mobility scheme visa

The youth mobility scheme allows young people from certain countries to come to the UK each year to study or work without a sponsoring educational institution or sponsoring employer. This includes working as a teacher.

A youth mobility scheme visa lasts up to 2 years. Holders can switch from the youth mobility scheme visa to another visa (such as the skilled worker visa) without having to leave the UK if they meet the requirements for their new visa.

Family, UK Ancestry and British National (Overseas) visas

Applicants with the following types of visa will not need to be sponsored:

  • Family visas

  • UK Ancestry visa

  • British National (Overseas) visa


People who have permission to live in the UK as a dependent (usually partner or child) of someone on a student visa or a skilled worker visa will not need to be sponsored. They can work without a sponsor for the duration of their partner’s or parent’s visa.

2. Check visa and immigration charges

The cost of international recruitment depends on the size of your school and is made up of the following charges.

Skilled worker licence

This costs from £536 to £1,476 depending on the size of your school, and is paid every 4 years. It covers all teachers recruited in that period.

Certificate of sponsorship fee

This is a one-off payment of £199 for each teacher sponsored and is only paid again if the visa needs to be renewed.

Immigration skills charge (ISC)

This costs from £364 to £1,000 depending on the size of your school and is paid upfront for each year of a teacher’s visa (unless they are switching from a student visa).

Total costs

For example a small school is likely to incur a one-off payment of £735 (£536 + £199) plus an annual fee of £364.

Multi academy trusts are charged a single fee (not a fee per school within the trust).

You will not pay any fees to recruit someone with a visa or immigration status that doesn’t require sponsorship.

Visa fees are paid to the Home Office. You will pay:

  • the licence fee when you make your sponsorship application
  • the certificate of sponsorship fee and ISC when you assign a certificate of sponsorship to that teacher prior to their visa application

International relocation payments

Non-UK teachers of languages and physics may be eligible to claim a single payment of £10,000 from the Department for Education to cover some of the costs of:

  • visas
  • the immigration health surcharge
  • other relocation expenses

The payment will be made around the end of a teachers first term and will not need to be repaid.

Learn more about the international relocation payment including eligibility and how teachers will get the money.

3. Advertise your teaching job

You can use Teaching Vacancies service to advertise teaching jobs and other school roles to applicants from all over the world. It is free to use for schools and applicants.

You can recruit teaching and education support staff from overseas for any subject or age range, as well as SEND practitioners.

To attract high-quality overseas applicants, you should be clear English schools require teachers with qualities beyond academic excellence and subject knowledge, for example:

  • the ability to offer pastoral care
  • an appreciation of the ethos of your school
  • soft and communication skills
  • willingness to participate in the extra-curricular life of the school

4. Shortlist and interview

Many schools now shortlist overseas candidates for potential employment using remote working technology.

You can:

  • set written tasks for candidates
  • ask to see lesson plans
  • request a video portfolio of applicants’ teaching practice
  • talk to referees over a video conferencing service like Zoom

Qualification requirements for teachers from overseas

Qualified teacher status (QTS) is a legal requirement in maintained schools in England. The majority of teachers in academies and free schools also have QTS.

The 4-year rule exemption

Overseas applicants do not need QTS to teach in maintained schools in England for the first 4 years of their stay in the UK, an exemption known as the ‘4-year rule’.

In academies and free schools, there is no legal requirement for teachers to hold QTS, at any point in their employment.

To be eligible for the 4-year rule, the applicant will need to have:

  • qualified as a teacher in a country outside the UK

  • successfully completed a course of teacher training recognised by the organisation that regulates teachers in the country where they qualified

If you are employing a teacher without QTS, including under the 4-year rule, note their salary will have to meet the minimum requirement for a skilled worker visa, which is slightly higher than an unqualified teacher’s minimum pay outside London.

The 4-year rule exemption does not apply to:

  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • alternative provision academies
  • alternative provision free schools, where QTS is required from the beginning of their employment.

Extending the 4-year rule period

Overseas teachers can extend this 4-year period by the amount of statutory leave taken for:

  • maternity leave

  • paternity leave

  • adoption leave

  • parental or shared parental leave

  • time off because of pregnancy

Exemptions for instructors and teaching assistants

Overseas teachers do not need QTS to teach if they are employed as instructors teaching vocational subjects that require special qualifications or experience. It is up to the school to decide whether an overseas teacher is suitable for an instructor role.

Overseas teachers do not need QTS to work as teaching assistants.

Getting QTS in England

We are changing the way we award QTS to teachers from overseas.

From 1 February 2023, teachers from eligible countries can show they meet a consistent set of criteria and apply for QTS in England.

Learn more about our approach to QTS for overseas teachers including the:

  • 40 countries and regions whose qualified teachers can use the service
  • 7 additional countries whose language, mathematics and science teachers can use the service

Over time, this route will be opened to qualified teachers from every country outside the UK.

This will ensure all non-UK teachers awarded QTS meet the same high standards, while also increasing opportunities for:

  • highly qualified teachers wherever they trained
  • teachers in the subjects schools need

Other routes to QTS for overseas teachers

Teachers who qualified or gained experience overseas can also continue to apply for assessment only QTS.

Teachers working in England under the 4-year rule can apply for assessment only QTS alongside their work in school.

You can check whether an applicant has QTS using Teacher Services through DfE Sign-in.

Interviewing and appointing overseas teachers

Our research shows schools take a variety of approaches to final selection.

Some schools conduct interviews over a video conferencing service instead of in person. These online interviews are taken alongside all the other information provided about a candidate’s qualifications, experience and suitability to work with children. They can be a successful and reliable way of ensuring candidates are a good fit.

Other schools will make an annual visit to university recruitment fairs in their target country or countries. This generates a shortlist of candidates who can then formally apply.

Schools will also use recruitment agencies to support them through the whole recruitment process, including sifting and interviewing candidates.

When recruiting high calibre international candidates, in-person lesson observation may not always be possible. Especially in shortage subjects, schools may want to consider an alternative, online approach - for example, a lesson delivered via a video conferencing service.

5. Make a conditional offer and check suitability

Any applicant you wish to employ will need a job offer from you before they apply for their skilled worker visa. They can apply up to 3 months before they start work in the UK as long as:

  • you as their employer are a licensed worker sponsor
  • you have offered them a job
  • they have met the English language requirements for a skilled worker visa
  • their teaching role pays at least £20,480, or the relevant minimum rate for teachers in England, whichever is higher (minimum rates for teachers can be found in school teachers’ pay and conditions
  • any part-time role pays at least £20,480 (pro-rata rates will then apply)

Safeguarding checks for teachers from overseas

Individuals who have lived or worked outside the UK must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools. They should also undergo additional checks related to international recruitment and training.

Schools can use a range of information sources and evidence as part of their safeguarding procedures for international recruitment, including the items included in this section.

We expect schools to draw on a varying range of sources on a case-by-case basis, depending on the individual in question. It is good practice to carry out a risk assessment, recording the evidence you have gathered to reach your decision and showing you have no grounds for concern about the applicant.

How to complete safeguarding checks for teachers from overseas

  1. Follow the statutory guidance in part 3 of keeping children safe in education.

  2. Apply for an enhanced DBS certificate with Children’s Barred List information on behalf of the applicant, even if the applicant has never been to the UK. Note that a DBS check can only be performed if the applicant can submit proof of right to work, for example a visa. This means that schools may need to make a conditional offer in order for a visa application to be approved and a DBS check performed.

  3. Check that the applicant is not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State for Education in England, (the ‘Prohibited List’) via the Teaching Regulation Agency.

  4. Make further checks appropriate to applicants from outside the UK. This could include criminal records checks for overseas applicants. Where this information is not available, schools should seek alternative methods of checking suitability.

  5. Perform an online search on shortlisted applicants – anything you’re concerned about can then be raised at interview. This is particularly important as non-UK countries have different policies relating to the types of offences on a criminal record, and how long they are stored for.

  6. Request at least 2 references, one of which should be from the trainee’s most recent employment. References must be obtained directly from the referee, who should be a senior person with appropriate authority. ‘To whom it may concern’ references must not be accepted unless they are validated as genuine by the referee. References obtained via email must be sent from a verifiable email address. Concerns arising from the reference should be discussed with the referee and, where appropriate, the applicant.

  7. Request an employment history to investigate any inconsistencies and unexplained gaps in employment and, if the applicant is currently unemployed, contact their most recent employer to find out why they left their last job. Recent graduates do not need to supply an employment history, unless they have carried out part-time work, which they should declare.

  8. Request evidence of professional standing, for example, a letter from the organisation that regulates teachers in the country where the applicant qualified, confirming their status as a teacher. Ideally, this document should also confirm that the applicant’s authorisation to teach has never been suspended, barred, cancelled, revoked or restricted and that they have no sanctions against them. For countries where teachers are automatically eligible for QTS, see the list of evidence required for teacher qualifications and professional recognition. For everywhere else, the UK Centre for Professional Qualifications can give advice on the organisations to contact.

Recruiting teachers from Ukraine

If you’re carrying out safeguarding checks on Ukrainian citizens they can apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine for a criminal record check. This will be emailed to them. They can then contact the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK for a translation of the criminal record check and a letter confirming its validity.

You can find information about the Ukrainian education system at Enic-Naric - Ukraine and at the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.

Checking your applicant’s right to work

Whatever your successful applicant’s visa or immigration status, you are responsible for checking their right to work. You can do this online, or by checking their documents.

You do not need to do checks for existing employees from the EU, EEA or Switzerland if they came to the UK before 1 July 2021.

Irish citizens can use their Irish passport and passport card to prove their right to work.

6. Improve retention

You may wish to consider the following checklist as you prepare for the arrival of an international teacher.

As they plan their move, you can help with information about:

Overseas teachers may be unprepared for pastoral duties, the English curriculum and teaching to different abilities. Before term starts, you should:

  • allocate a mentor to offer personal and professional support
  • share teaching resources, lesson plans, exam specifications

You should also put together an induction pack including:

  • your school’s ethos and values
  • the expectations related to SEND, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities and other non-pedagogical responsibilities
  • school policies on safeguarding, behaviour management, data protection
  • professional expectations
  • school calendar and staff
  • performance management and probationary procedures

Overseas teachers can find information on training to teach in England if you’re a non-UK citizen.

For more information, to give us feedback or to take part in user research, please email us We aim to respond within 5 working days.

The Get into Teaching website contains helpful information for non-UK teachers.

Published 16 September 2020
Last updated 6 March 2023 +show all updates

  1. Added information about international relocation payments.

  2. Updated information about how overseas teachers can apply for QTS.

  3. Updated to include information about the new 'apply for QTS in England' service.

  4. The guidance has been updated to include the high potential individual visa route, anexplanation of visa costs for schools, more detailed safeguarding guidanceand information about checking the right to work, remote interviewing ofcandidates and employing Ukrainian teachers.

  5. Information about 'Get help applying to become a visa sponsor' and 'Get support for overseas teachers' removed as these services are no longer being offered in their current format.

  6. We have removed the section on 'International travel during coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

  7. Updated with information about getting help applying to become a visa sponsor and the name of 'acclimatisation support service pilot' has been changed to 'get support for overseas teachers'.

  8. Updated information on the EU Settlement Scheme for those with pre-settled status, international travel during COVID-19 and helping teachers settle into school. Links also updated and information added about the acclimatisation support service.

  9. Removed information about the acclimatisation pilot scheme.

  10. Added updates to EU Settlement Scheme, international travel during coronavirus (COVID-19) and acclimatisation pilot scheme.

  11. Added Gibraltar to the list under Getting qualified teacher status (QTS) and a link to Qualified teacher status: routes to QTS for teachers and those with teaching experience outside the UK.

  12. Added information about the Acclimatisation pilot scheme.

  13. Removed information about The International Teacher Recruitment Programme - this programme has closed to future applications and will not reopen. The current programme will continue to run until 31 July 2021.

  14. Updated 'Recruit by becoming a visa sponsor', 'International teacher recruitment programme', and 'Safeguarding checks for teachers from overseas' sections. Replaced the 'What will change from 1 January 2021' section with the 'Points-based immigration system' section. Other formatting changes have been applied to reflect the end of the transition period.

  15. Updated to reflect which visa routes are now open.

  16. Added links to the data protection policies which govern the international teacher recruitment programme.

  17. First published.

Recruit teachers from overseas (2024)


Recruit teachers from overseas? ›

The J-1 visa teacher program is a category of J-1 visa, which encompasses a number of cultural and educational exchange programs. Under a teacher visa, foreign teachers can visit the US and teach in an accredited primary or secondary school for up to 3 years.

Does the US hire foreign teachers? ›

The J-1 visa teacher program is a category of J-1 visa, which encompasses a number of cultural and educational exchange programs. Under a teacher visa, foreign teachers can visit the US and teach in an accredited primary or secondary school for up to 3 years.

Can a teacher from another country teach in the US? ›

Any non-citizen who wants to teach in a U.S. school must first obtain a temporary or permanent visa from the U.S. embassy in their home country. Foreign educators interested in teaching in the United States should plan and research their decision in advance before arriving.

Does the United States need teachers? ›

California currently needs teachers qualified to instruct classes in special education, math, science and career or technical education. To become a teacher in California, the state requires you to attend a teacher preparation program to receive your preliminary credential.

Are teachers in demand in USA? ›

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011, employment of teachers is expected to grow by 13% between 2008 and 2018. In 2008, there were about 3.5 million kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers in the country, so we can expect almost another 500,000 to be hired by 2018.

Can I immigrate to the USA as a teacher? ›

The H-1B visa class is a viable option for primary, secondary or college teachers with the required knowledge and training, especially during times of national teacher shortages. H-1B visa offers foreign professionals the ability to work temporarily in the United States as long as they hold specialty occupations.

Do schools sponsor H1B visa? ›

A University or College easily meet the definition of “higher education.” However, a school district may qualify as a nonprofit entity and be permitted to file a cap-exempt petition for an H1B visa for teachers. More Information can be found here.

Can a teacher be sponsored for green card? ›

Foreign teachers can qualify for a permanent residence under several employment-based green card categories. Foreign nationals who have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, or are outstanding professors and researchers may qualify for a green card under this category.

How do I become a foreign teacher in the US? ›

How to Become a Foreign Language Teacher
  1. Earn a bachelor's degree in the foreign language to be taught that includes a teacher preparation program.
  2. Complete a student teaching internship that includes foreign language classes.
  3. Take your state's required tests for educators.
  4. Apply for teacher certification.

How are teachers recruited in USA? ›

How are the teachers recruited by schools in the USA? Teachers are hired based on their subject background, specialty training, and/or grade-level expertise. Schools typically have a page that includes a list of all current vacancies and USA teaching jobs.

What type of teacher is in highest demand? ›

Which teaching subject is most in demand? While specific needs vary by institution, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are subjects that are always in high demand.

What state is most in need of teachers? ›

Georgia had the highest number of vacancies (3,112) for the 2019-2020 school year. More recently, during the 2021-2022 school year, Florida had the most vacancies with 3,911 positions unfulfilled. That same school year, Mississippi and Alabama had over 3,000 vacancies.

Is America facing a teacher shortage? ›

As of October 2022, after the school year had already begun, 45% of U.S. public schools had at least one teacher vacancy. That's according to limited federal data. For several months, NPR has been exploring the forces at work behind these local teacher shortages.

Are teachers paid well outside the US? ›

Depending on the country or region, and your prior teaching experience and qualifications, you can be earning anywhere from $2,000 to over $6,000 per month! However, It's important to keep in mind that high salaries are not the only variable for a financially rewarding job teaching abroad.

Are teachers well paid in USA? ›

If you were looking for a high-paying career when planning your future, you probably crossed “teacher” off the list. Teachers are notoriously underpaid in the U.S. with a median annual salary of just over $61,000 a year, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Where is the best place to work as a teacher in the USA? ›

Best (and Worst) Places to Be a Teacher
RankMetro AreaHousing Costs
1Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA$683
2Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY$891
3Syracuse, NY$949
4Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT$1,382
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Is it hard to get accepted for Teach For America? ›

The TFA program is selective and holds a high bar for admission, with an acceptance rate averaging between 11 and 15 percent. This is not meant to be intimidating but to show that preparation is key.

Can I get a H1B visa as a teacher? ›

Most professional positions will qualify as a specialty occupation. Primary and secondary school teachers as well as college and seminary teachers/professors fall within the definition of 'specialty occupation', and as such are eligible to seek the H1B visa.

How to get sponsorship in USA? ›

How can I get sponsorship for a US work visa?
  1. You must have a job offer from a US employer.
  2. Your job must be in a field that is included on the list of eligible occupations for work visas.
  3. You must have the required education and/or work experience for the job.
Dec 6, 2022

What is the processing time for H-1B for teachers? ›

Overall, the H-1B processing time is usually between 4 and 8 months, which is how long you will have to wait between filing and your work start date unless you are not being counted against the cap. Speak with your immigration attorney about cap-exempt petitions and how these cases differ from the usual processes.

Are teachers exempt from H-1B cap? ›

The H1B visa cap is subject to certain exceptions. Some employers are capable of filing cap-exempt petitions. In order to avail this for teachers, a higher education institution, governmental research centers, or nonprofit entity relating to higher education or governmental research center can apply for an exemption.

Can schools sponsor green card? ›

Employment visas: EB-1, EB-2 and NIW “Green Cards” The EB and NIW petitions allow college and universities to sponsor the foreign national for a green card.

Who can sponsor education in USA? ›

Some examples of financial sponsors for students are grants, family members, government organizations, and private companies. To apply for a student visa, you first need to be accepted by a SEVP-certified US institution.

What is J-1 visa for teachers? ›

The J-1 Visa program invites teachers and scholars to the United States to participate in Exchange Visitor Programs designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and research in a variety of fields between people of the United States and people of other countries.

Does teach for America sponsor visa? ›

Every TFA corps member can be an ally for children, but you can be an additional inspiration and offer guidance based on your background. That's why we actively recruit immigrants and refugees who are authorized to work in the United States and do not require sponsorship for our corps.

How can I get teaching license in USA easily? ›

Enroll in a teacher certification program. Complete the online core curriculum of the fast-track teacher certification program. Participate in a clinical placement/field experience. Apply for state certification to officially become a licensed US teacher.

What is the salary of international teachers in USA? ›

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How do I get qualified teacher status in USA? ›

The Traditional Route to Teacher Certification
  1. Earn a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher prep program. ...
  2. Fulfill the student teaching requirement. ...
  3. Earn your master's degree if your specialization requires one. ...
  4. Pass your state's required exam for teachers. ...
  5. Apply for state teacher certification.

Which teacher salary is highest? ›

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  • Mumbai, Maharashtra. ₹23,941 per month. 457 salaries reported.
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What grade teacher makes the most money? ›

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What is the highest paying subject to teach? ›

If you're a chemistry buff, you're in luck — chemistry is one of the highest-paid subjects to teach in high schools. Chemistry teachers typically major in chemistry or a related field during their undergraduate education.

What state pays teachers most to least? ›

In 2021, the average K-12 public school teacher nationwide was paid $65,090. Average teacher pay was the highest in New York at $87,738, followed by Massachusetts and California. In three states — Mississippi, Florida, and South Dakota — teachers made less than $50,000 on average.

What states do teachers make the least? ›

The average salary for teachers was $49,583 in Florida—the second lowest in the country after Mississippi. All other occupations averaged $51,950, a 4.6 percent difference. In Colorado, teachers earn on average $60,611, about 3 percent less than the $62,900 of other occupations.

What are the best states to live in as a teacher? ›

According to our International Education Recruitment Report of 2023, the best states to teach in are:
  • Hawai'i.
  • California.
  • Florida.
  • New York.
  • Colorado.
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Why are so many teachers quitting? ›

Nearly 75 percent of respondents who cite expectations as a top reason they plan to leave say they have too much work to do each day and that there aren't enough teachers to carry the workload.

What is the main cause of the teacher shortage? ›

Why are there shortages of teachers? Myriad reasons: low pay and morale, mounting political and academic pressures, health and safety concerns.

How many teachers quit each year in the US? ›

That's a turnover rate of 14%, up from between 11% and 12% in a typical pre-pandemic year.

Which country values teachers the most? ›

China, the country where teachers have the highest status, compared them to doctors. In general, teachers in Eastern countries had higher status than in Western countries, including the United States.

What country pays teachers the highest? ›

Annual gross starting salaries of teachers (2020/2021)

Leaving aside Luxembourg, the annual starting salary was above €50,000 in just two countries, namely Switzerland (€66,972) and Germany (€54,129). The annual salary in France and Italy was less than half the German figure.

Where are the highest paid teachers in the US? ›

Highest-Paid Teachers By State
RankState90th Percentile
3New York$89,000
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What is the highest paying school district in the United States? ›

#1. Scarsdale Public Schools, Scarsdale, NY ($107,100)

This small district recognizes the value of their teachers which is evidenced by the average salaries landing at the top of any district in the country.

What state pays the most? ›

  1. District of Columbia. $87,920.
  2. Massachusetts. $63,910.
  3. New York. $61,870.
  4. Connecticut. $60,780.
  5. Washington. $59,410.
  6. California. $59,150.
  7. Maryland. $58,770.
  8. Alaska. $58,710.

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  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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Do U.S. schools hire foreign teachers? ›

Getting Your Visa Sponsor

The US Department of State has very specific requirements for work visas. For J-1 visas, there are approved "sponsor" agencies allowed to recruit, screen and place teachers in US schools from overseas.

Does America hire foreign teachers? ›

The J-1 visa teacher program is a category of J-1 visa, which encompasses a number of cultural and educational exchange programs. Under a teacher visa, foreign teachers can visit the US and teach in an accredited primary or secondary school for up to 3 years.

What state is the easiest to get a teaching job? ›

The 10 Best States To Find A Teaching Job
  • Illinois. ...
  • Florida. ...
  • Arizona. ...
  • Connecticut. ...
  • Alabama. ...
  • Arkansas. ...
  • Texas. ...
  • North Carolina. With current shortages in the usual fields, there are predicted shortages of teachers across many categories.

How do I become a foreign language teacher in the US? ›

How to Become a Foreign Language Teacher
  1. Earn a bachelor's degree in the foreign language to be taught that includes a teacher preparation program.
  2. Complete a student teaching internship that includes foreign language classes.
  3. Take your state's required tests for educators.
  4. Apply for teacher certification.

How much does a foreign teacher earn in the US? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $88,000 and as low as $25,000, the majority of International School Teacher salaries currently range between $42,000 (25th percentile) to $65,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $80,000 annually across the United States.

Can teachers get green card in USA? ›

Foreign teachers can qualify for a permanent residence under several employment-based green card categories. Foreign nationals who have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, or are outstanding professors and researchers may qualify for a green card under this category.

What qualifications do you need to be a teacher USA? ›

A bachelor's degree. Completion of a state-approved teacher education program. A successful background check. Passage of a general teacher certification or licensure exam.

Are ESL teachers in demand in USA? ›

This shortage is particularly acute in states with especially high levels of immigrants and refugees. One report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) suggests that around one-third of all schools in the US offering bilingual or ESL teaching have trouble filling their vacant positions.

Are foreign language teachers in demand? ›

How to Find, Attract, and Retain Them. Schools across the country, regardless of location or size, have reported difficulty in hiring teachers—particularly those with specialized skills, like special education teachers.

Can I teach in the USA with a TEFL certificate? ›

Yes, you can teach English in the United States with your TEFL certification. There are millions of non-native English speakers living, working and studying in the United States and the demand for English language instruction is huge.

What state has the highest paid teachers in the US? ›

New York leads the nation in teacher pay with an average salary of $80,286, according to WalletHub.

What is the lowest teacher salary in the US? ›

Teacher Salary By State Key Facts

Montana has the lowest teacher salary of $34,041. The average salary for teachers across the U.S. is $47,989. The national hourly rate for teachers is $23.07.

Do teachers get paid more outside the US? ›

Most recent OECD data indicates that salaries for primary teachers with 15 years of experience are highest in Luxembourg, where educators earn $101,360 per year, on average. In the United States, teachers make closer to $62,101 behind Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and Ireland.

What is J 1 visa for teachers? ›

The J-1 Visa program invites teachers and scholars to the United States to participate in Exchange Visitor Programs designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and research in a variety of fields between people of the United States and people of other countries.

Do teachers in US need a masters degree? ›

All states require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in Education to become a certified teacher. Additionally, some states may require teachers to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching or Masters in Education degree within five (5) years of completion of their initial degree.

How do I become a teacher at 40? ›

Here are some helpful steps that you can take to pursue a career as a teacher at 40 or when making a career transition:
  1. Assess your interests and goals. ...
  2. Earn a bachelor's degree. ...
  3. Get a teaching certificate. ...
  4. Apply for licensure. ...
  5. Gain relevant experience. ...
  6. Consider an advanced degree.
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What is the average salary of a US teacher? ›

In 2022, the average public school teacher salary was $66,397, an increase of $1,104 or 1.69% from 2021. National Center for Education Statistics. National Center for Education Statistics.


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