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Q & A: 15 Common questions about working abroad as a dental hygienist

Who can work overseas as a dental hygienist?

Any licensed dental hygienist can work overseas as long as the country the hygienist plans to work in recognizes the practice of dental hygiene by someone other than a dentist. Learn about some hygienists currently working overseas here.

Which countries do dental hygienists work in?

A current list of countries that officially recognize the practice of dental hygiene can be found on the IFDH website here.
Also, the IFDH website is a valuable source of information, with answers to all kinds of questions for internationally practicing dental hygienists.

What are dental offices like in other countries?

An example of a dental office in Germany can be found in the post Discover What A European Dental Practice Is Really Like

Which countries have American dental hygienists?

Generally, American dental hygienists can be found all over the world. However, some specific examples of American hygienists practicing overseas include: the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Dubai, Nepal and China.

Do I need to take another national board test to work overseas?

It is possible that you will have to take a licensing test, even with a US or Canadian license. To start with, you should contact the dental board of the country where you wish to work.
The IFDH provides contact information for the dental boards of countries that have practicing hygienists.

Do I need a visa to work in another country?

This will depend on several factors, including which passport(s) you hold. Firstly, please contact the consulate or embassy in your home country to find out about visa requirements.

How do I find work in another country?

The internet is by far the most efficient resource. To begin with, a few of the most popular job search sites in Germany and Switzerland can be found here.

Will I need to do a face to face interview?

Most likely. See the post 7 Essential Culture Tips For International Dental Hygienists.

How do I find a place to live in another country?

See the post Rent Property In Germany: A Complete Guide for examples on how to rent a place to live in Germany and Switzerland.

If I’m an American dental hygienist and I want to work in Germany, where do I start?

See the blog post Start as a Dental Hygienist Overseas: 6 Important Steps.

If I am an American dental hygienist, do I need a visa before going to Germany to work?

American and Canadian dental hygienists are allowed to work in Germany visa free. You are required to obtain at least a residence permit to take up employment.

Do my application documents need to be translated?

Most likely. See the post 7 Essential Culture Tips For International Dental Hygienists.

Will I need to speak German if I work in Germany?

Quite possibly. To begin with, see the post 7 Essential Culture Tips For International Dental Hygienists.
Additionally, you can learn a new language online with Cudoo. (Affiliate link)

Can I bring my family with me?

Most likely. To begin with, please contact the consulate or embassy in your home country to find out about family reunification requirements.
Also, see the post Immigration 101: Dental Hygienist Overseas Reveals Essential Expat Guide

Do you offer any assistance with the process of moving overseas for work?

Check out the Consultancy page to find out what services are offered. Additionally, you can reach out directly via email for help with unique situations.


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