Anyone wishing to visit a country is granted a tourist or visitor’s visa simply by showing a valid passport and often paying a small fee. If you intend to work in that country it is an entirely different matter than entering with a visitor’s visa. In non-visitor cases it will be necessary that you contact the embassy or consulate office of that country nearest to you.
Inform them of your wishes to set up a practice in their country. Write down everything they request of you. Work visas generally require that you have a local business person or corporation sponsor you. If you have friends or relatives in that country, they can sponsor a “residence visa” on your behalf. This may serve as an alternative way to enter the country. Once you have a residence visa you can set up your own practice. Realize that the party sponsoring you is stating to their government that they are taking personal responsibility that you will not become a burden to that country. You can imagine that strangers are not likely to become a sponsor on a whim just because you want to become an associate of theirs. In either case you will have to prove your ability to support yourself.
This raises a strong case for you to make a personal trip to that country to demonstrate your value and raise a prospective sponsor’s confidence in your reliability. Besides, you also need to know if you personally “fit in” that culture. Especially if you have not visited or lived in the country.
The process may begin with the sponsor’s application being processed first; then, your visa application can be submitted. Once your work or residence visa is approved you will have a limited period of time to make your physical move or the visa will lapse. This means that you should only apply when you see yourself able to have the resources to move. On the other hand you must also realize that it may take months, even up to a year, to obtain landing rights. This is where many people get discouraged.
The Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps encourages you to take all the necessary steps to have a lawful authority to reside in the country of your interest and to register appropriately as a business entity. Every country will have different requirements. Contact someone who can guide you or you may get all the help you need through their embassy or consulate office. Patience and courtesy will go a long way in your favor.