In which countries can an accompanying partner get a work permit at present?
Currently, there are approximately thirty-five countries that allow the (married) spouse or sometimes the accompanying (unmarried) partner or children to work freely. For example, the UK, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada allow spouses and partners to work. The USA allows married spouses to work in certain visa categories, however there are processing delays. Some countries such as Japan and Malaysia allow spouses to work but conditions apply.
It is essential to check the detailed arrangements, which are derived from the visa of the assigned employee, and any conditions attached to the spouse, partner or other family members.
See our world map for further details on partner and spouse work access per country.