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Moving to Jordan
A comprehensive guide to moving to Jordan
From historic ports in Aqaba, to the mountains of Jerash Governorate, Jordan has something to offer everyone. While the official language is Modern Standard Arabic, the English language is commonly encountered in Jordan, particularly in the banking sector, meaning that expats will feel right at home.
Relocating to Jordan
The Land and Its People
Bordering Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and Israel, Jordan has a great deal going for it – an eclectic mix of ethnicities, an exciting food culture, and a host of entertainment facilities to contrast with its rich history. The epicenter is Amman, with a population of around 4.2 million people.
In terms of its population, Jordan is home to a great many ethnic groups, with Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandaeans, and Chechens all calling this country home. When it comes to religion, the dominant faith is Sunni Islam (92% of the population), with Christianity coming a very distant second (approximately 6% of the population).
Jordan covers approximately 91,880 square kilometers and is home to mountainous terrain, as well as valleys and gorges. The East Bank consists mainly of desert, with sizeable dunes commonplace. The country is also no stranger to war, and was involved in the conflict surrounding the second partition of Palestine in 1948. Following this war, Jordan was left in charge of the West Bank, and this area is often a subject of debate and demonstration.
Visas for Jordan
Before relocating to Jordan, you will need to make a visa application at your nearest Jordanian consulate or embassy. In order for this to be considered, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months and that has at least one blank page. You must also be in possession of a letter from your employer.
Employment contracts are for a maximum of a year, after which time they will be reviewed. To apply for a Jordanian working permit you must have with you a completed application form and two passport photos. Finally, it is vital that you also have with you your current entry visa, together with an additional copy, a letter from your health insurance company, proof of address, money to cover the visa fee, bank statements, and a reference from your company.