Work Visa: Where do you want to live?


I've been away here for about three months. I'll write what happened during the time. Firstly, I got an unconditional offer of a master programme from a university located somewhere in London. The programme name is "MFA in Computational Arts", which aims, in short, creating artwork with computation. Broadly speaking, I'm really into new media and want to make my craft better. So I was simply happy with the offer.

Before I got the offer, I didn't care about how much money I would have needed at all, simply because I didn't want to think about such a stressful thing. The only thing I knew was studying abroad needs a huge amount of money and therefore many people use a loan for it. Now I finally did some calculations and realised it's a lot. I wondered if I would afford such a debt after graduation. I also wondered if it's really worth it.

By the way, the real reason why I want to study abroad is that I can add the plausibility of working abroad where I do what I'm passionate about and earn money. Ideally, I want to work in London or New York (at least at the moment). However, I'm actually happy with other big cities such as Berlin, Tronto, Sydney, etc. as long as it's not in Japan. I know it sounds weird, but somehow I desperately want to work somewhere else at least for a few years. I somehow believe interesting things happen through collaboration. Then cultural diversity is imperative for me so I find Tokyo a little bit less glamorous as I'm Japanese and most of people there are Japanese too, who have similar backgrounds with mine. Conversely, if I were Canadian, for example, I might want to live in Japan.

Getting a work visa in the UK and the US seems impossible for me at the moment. Then I'd simply thought that getting an education was the easiest way for my dream until some idea popped up in my mind–What about Australia or Canada?. Getting a work visa in those countries is relatively easier and a quick questionnaire-based test on the internet told me that I seemed to be eligible for an Australian work visa. Just a few days ago, I started the application preparation.

If I get the visa, I might work in Australia for about a year and delay the entry year of the postgraduate course next year (I probably need to apply again though). Or else I might not. Either way, the visa seems to last for at least five years, so it's good for me to have a place that allows me to work legally after graduation. Now I just want to make my application accepted.

Some people might think that people who wish to work/live abroad are childish (especially if those guys were born in developed countries and they want to emigrate to countries whose economies seem to be similar to or weaker than ones of their original countries). However, I think everyone has the right to choose where to live. Sadly, everyone cannot in reality due to many reasons. I should feel grateful and enjoy my life as much as possible.

Probably this entry contains errors and unnatural parts. However, I would rather want to know how do you think about my thought. 

Thank you.


First of all, I think your short essay here is almost perfect and we could both agree that there are phrases that may seem unnatural. I think that we, and by we, I mean those who use English as their second language, have the tendency to use words that are usually not used by native speakers.

Regarding living in other countries of our own choices, in my opinion, it is rather courageous and might be described as daring, especially if that endeavour is taken alone, without friends who could accompany you in every step.

Coming from a first world country, you have a better chance of getting work in a any developed country of your liking than those who are coming from developing countries.

I have this dream, which I realized several years ago that I want to live in a developed country, which there are four seasons, and ultimately have a better life than what I had back home. I would not consider this dream to be anything but adventurous. Would it make me happy? Probably. But the one thing I know is that best experiences can happen when we are outside our comfort zones.


I wish you the best of luck in your studies.