ksm7yty OP wrote (edited )

I know in Germany they just created a job-seekers visa thing. such schemes might be worthwhile for you if you have professional experience programming.

Anything that requires me to have at least higher education under my belt is ruled out. It's impossible for me to both bypass conscription and fulfill this requirement. This likely means all work-visa schemes which I'll be applying for in my home country are a dead end.

Did I understand you correctly in that you are not allowed to try to study at university abroad?

I'm not allowed to leave on that basis, yes. I could get a study visa and leave the country as a tourist then switch destinations, but time is of the essence here and I should be out of the borders before the summer vacation is over.


ksm7yty OP wrote (edited )

Thanks for responding! I appreciate the links you added and the directions you pointed me to.
I'm already doing research on these questions you quoted, and planning around them:

I'm sharing with you my thought process with those questions, because perhaps they're not the right questions to ask or I'm missing something important.

That said, I'll still point out that some countries do offer a pathway from visitor to a longer-stay legal status (worker, student, resident, ...), and later to a permanent resident, via the "Expression of Interest" system.

What I'm trying to find now is a compilation of all (or many significant) countries' overstay laws (do they deport, lock up, or do they impose fines? are the fines flat or are they dependent on the length of overstay? etc..), sort of worst-case-scenario planning.
I'm also trying to find outlier countries (or disputed areas) which offer interesting programmes for staying within their borders that one could apply to after arriving.

Asylum is an option of course, and I have a valid case if I pursue it, but I do not wish to pursue it, for difficult familial circumstances. There will be a lot to sacrifice, going that route, and I'd rather exhaust my other options before taking it.

As for "strongly-knit communities", there are no similarity implications. They don't have to be egyptian or even arab. What it means to me is a culture of mutualism and solidarity, a culture where suffering—as much as possible—doesn't go unnoticed and people prioritize each other over material. I think this goes hand in hand with being relatively more on the collectivist side.

The legal situation upon return is the easiest part, as I have local resources on the process and I've already researched it extensively, speaking to lawyers and such. All I need to do, really, is hold my ground outside of egyptian borders for a minimum time period that I've already mentioned.
If or when I return home, I will be subject to a military trial and possibly a short jail period, worst case. I have faith I'll be able to get out of it with the much more common fine, and make a good legal case.
In all cases, I will be "unfit to serve" by then.

I'm in the middle of a bachelor's that I'll pause (being in higher education is what allows me limited movement as a tourist until I graduate, but I'm too old to be allowed travel on the basis of pursuing further education, unfortunately). I also have work experience as a programmer.

def respect you not wanting to be conscripted and good luck.