I work for Cathay Pacific. They're not hiring now, but when they do all you need to do is take a few exams to covert you license from FAA to a Hong Kong. I think most others work the same way.
I had ZERO airline time and got hired as an FO. Many RJ captains have been hired as FO's as well.
I fly in the M.E. for Etihad and initially was amazed at how many US-expat pilots and controllers are out here in the region. Sometimes, especially the Bahrain FIR, sounds like you've just flown into US airspace.
yeah as a former US RJ CA if you meet the minimums and pass their interview you're just as qualified as any other FO hire...of course, some of these astronauts out here will attempt to tell you otherwise...