I’ve been offered a job for 6 months, “with view for extension”. I have not yet accepted the offer. Due to immigration reasons, I may only remain in the country if I have been offered a job of 12 months in duration or more. However, accepting anything less means I get to serve for that particular job then pack my bags and leave the country.
Should I: (a) accept the offer and negotiate after 3-5 months? (b) negotiate for a 12 months contract before accepting the offer?
My ultimate goal is to remain in the country of question. If I go with option (a), I may face a risk of not receiving an extension due to reaching project completion however I understand it may possibly add leverage as I am confident I will impress and their unwillingness to train and trust other engineers for the job.
However, going with option (b) does pave a clear path of expectations of remaining in the country however could possibly lead to the employer turning back on the offer.
I am unsure of how to approach this situation.