Working abroad, outside the EU on a mission basis or as an expatriate
Working outside of the EEA (European Economic Area) requires a working permit. Very often the working permit is linked to a residence permit. As a result, should you fall out of employment, you will be bound to leave the country. Amongst others, this situation is applicable in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and the Gulf region in general, Australia, Africa, etc.
Working outside the EU on a mission basis
For many international roles, it’s not always required to work as an expatriate. There is often the option to work on a “mission basis”, meaning you assist on a project basis where needed for a couple of days, weeks or months, just as long as needed. In this case you won’t require a residence or long-term working permit.
Working outside the EU as an expatriate
Should you be employed for an international expatriate role, the employer will arrange a working and residence permit for you as it requires a lot of legal and administrative formalities to be fulfilled.
In this case you often have the choice between working on a rotation schedule, meaning working four months or more on and returning home for a few weeks; or working permanently in the country of employment without going home.
The rotation schedules can vary depending on the country of employment, the duration of the project or assignment and the type of work. There is no standard in this and is up to discretion of the employer.