I hope this is an appropriate question. I'm an international worker (US Citizen working in the UK), I work full-time and believe I am an 'employee' of the company.
When I was interviewing/hiring they mentioned that there was a 12-month position with the possibility of being extended. I was going through a recruiter though and he was providing most of the details.
I needed to apply for/be approved for a 'work permit' to reside/work legally in this country. In the paperwork submitted by the company, that I also had to sign, the said they'd offered me a TWO YEAR position, and I've since been told that in order to get a work permit, the company needed to offer me a two year position.
However, the state-issued ID I received is for one-year.
Once I began working, nobody mentioned anything about an end-date. I was told that there was a probationary period and after 12 months I'd be fully entered into their pension program or something.
I'm approaching my one-year anniversary and I feel like I'm ready to move to on, for reasons that have nothing to do with the job. I mentioned the '12-month' thing to my boss at our last 1-on-1 meeting and he told me, as far as he knew, it was just a job - there was no plan for my 'contract' to end and they'd scheduled me for work well into the next year.
Now that I'm considering leaving my position, I'm worried about my resume and how to record this time. I'm afraid that if I quit after one year of working, it will reflect poorly on me, but I'm also afraid that if I claim it was a '12-month contract' and explain it as such, someone might do a background check and see that it needed to be a 2-year position to qualify for the work permit.
Naturally, I didn't agree to work for two years. The contract does say that both I, and the company, need to give the other four weeks of notice before terminating employment.
Anyway, I don't want to lie, but I'd like to present the situation in the best light possible. I feel like completing a 12-month contract overseas is much preferable to quitting a full-time job overseas when I had agreed to work two years.