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Top 5 Most Popular Australian Visas

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Australia, Europe, Work in Australia, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

You might be surprised, but the Australian Working Holiday Visa is not the only option to get to Australia! Australia is one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world together with USA and New Zealand. Each year the government grants a number of visas. For 2015 the number of permanent migration Australian visas was about 190 000. The main purpose of this programme is to support the growing economy, help the need of fresh and qualified workforce and last but not least bring together families of expats. The majority of the people going to Australia, about 70% are skilled migrants and about 30% are people joining their relatives. Among the top countries providing the most visitors to Australia are: 1. India, 2. China, 3. UK. In the top 10 is also Ireland which holds 6th place. There are many different programmes which give the opportunity to visit Australia and here is a list with the most popular Australian visas.   Australian Working Holiday Visa This is one of the most popular visas amongst young people. The Australian Working Holyday Visa gives you the opportunity to visit the country and, have a good time while working and traveling across the continent. You must be from one of the eligible countries aged from 18 to 30. The visa allows you to stay and work for a year. Applicants must have clean criminal record and meet certain requirements. It’s important that all documents are prepared properly by a professional to make sure your application has the best chance of succeeding. This visa has an option for extension, the 2nd Australian Working Holiday Visa which extends the stay for one more year. Australian Sponsorship Visa The Sponsorship visa gives the applicants the right to work and live in Australia for up to 4 years. The most important requirement for the visa is to have a job offer in an eligible occupation from your Sponsor (Authorized company) willing to proceed with your visa and hire you. Common practice is applicants who are on WHV to extend their stay applying for the Australian Sponsorship...

International Money Transfer Services

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Migration News |

Make it Easy, Fast and Secure Transferring money abroad is always a delicate and very important step of your overseas trip. It has to be handled with attention to details, especially when the amount of money is significant. VisaFirst offers money transfer services which can ensure a safe transfer of your money to the desired destination by providing a hassle free service. Speed We know how important it is to have enough funds when you need it. Usually clients need their funds to be transferred in a very short time. That is why we process all transfers within 24-48h so you will have the money waiting for you in your desired bank account in no time. Fees Minimizing the fees and handling costs is always important to consider, especially when you know that you will be transferring funds regularly. The average backpacker travelling under the Australian Working Holiday Visa transfers funds over 6 times within the 12 months they spend in Australia.  VisaFirst charges a flat fee of 15 EUR per transfer. You also have the option to sign up for an annual subscription for just 49 EUR. This service will allow you unlimited transfers for the next 12 months, regardless of how much and how often you transfer (there will only be a fee for your first transfer of 15 EUR and all the rest will be covered by the annual subscription fee). Currencies and countries VisaFirst can provide money transfer services, mainly to Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Canada and USA.  In order to ensure maximum flexibility for our clients, there is no minimum amount required for the transfer to be processed. There is dedicated agent who will handle your requests, answer all your queries and organize your money transfer in a timely manner. Same account for your relatives Your friends or relatives can also transfer funds to your account when you need it. Our money transfer agents will handle everything on behalf of you and your friends/ relatives, so your funds can hit your account as soon as possible.  This way we provide more flexibility by saving...

7,000 Canadian Working Holiday Visas Are Expected in 2017

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in Canada, Working Holiday Visa |

IEC Programme Application Process 2017 As the Irish economy is improving the willingness to travel overseas in seek of employment has dwindled for many, however, experts at VisaFirst say that while some people no longer feel “forced” to move away, Ireland’s love affair with travel has certainly not gone away and an estimated 5,000 Irish workers are expected to sign up for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa programme recently opened its doors to applicants. Experts say that every year people are disappointed that they don’t progress in the 3 stage application process but that in the main this is largely down to poorly completed and late application forms. Since the beginning of the programme 1 week ago VisaFirst have received hundreds of calls from potential applicants who are trying to get their head around the application process and who are worried that they may not fill in their application properly – thus scuppering their chances of success. Canadian Working Holiday Visa/IEC 2016 In 2016, many people took step one and created profiles but they were either late or gave insufficient data or both, and many did not receive invitation to apply for with permit to work, resulted in no visa! We are urging people this year to be on time – the best chance to get selected for an invitation letter is to get in the applicant list early”. Shanahan: “The Irish have a great reputation – they are seen to have a good skills set and great work experience. Canada and Australia are the most popular amongst those looking to travel – with the latter recently increasing the age threshold to 35 for their Canadian working holiday visa programme to match that already in existence in Canada”. Irish Trying to Stay Long-term VisaFirst say that over the last decade the number of Irish travelling to Canada on temporary work visas like /Canadian Working Holiday Visa/ jumped a lot, but that as a result of the upturn in the economy in the recent years have seen the numbers declining. However, Shanahan says that while temporary visa figures are declining, “Ireland holding...

Canada Needs Young and Qualified Workforce

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Canada, Ireland, Migration News |

How to get Canadian visa and work in Canada Canadian economy Canadian economy is one of the leading economies globally. The country holds the 10th place in the top economies and is member of G7. The leading sectors of the Canadian economy are logging and oil industry. The entire economy is described as service driven or in other words ¾ of the work force is involved in. Big part in the GDP is assigned to the automotive and aircraft industry as well as the engineering, seafood and technology industries. Great advantage for the country is the close trade relations with USA and its huge market potential. Sectors in need Having one of the wealthiest economies has its demands and hot needs. The government has encountered huge need of highly qualified young people to fill the gaps in the propelling economy. In order to keep its demographic and economic growth many regulations have been adjusted to welcome more people from abroad. The country welcomes each year more than 300 000 people on different Canadian visas. The policy and requirements for the immigration are favoring the younger and qualified people. Sectors in high demand of workforce are technology, engineering, healthcare and many others. Canadian visa programs There are many visa programs designed to attract young professionals in Canada. One of it is the Canadian Working Holiday/IEC program. It allows young people up to 35 years to visit, work and travel in Canada. Other visa that grants access to the country and the right to work there is the so called Canadian work permit. It gives the opportunity the applicant to work for the time of his/her contract with an option to be extended. Canada young professionals  visa is granted to post graduated Irish citizens who would like to get further experience with prearranged contract with employer from Canada. The stay could be up to 24 months. If you want to apply for Canadian visa you need to identify what requirements and documents are required for that purpose. Usually the process of preparing the needed documents is not so simple and it...

Canadian Working Holiday Visa Program is Now Open

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Migration News |

The new quota for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa is now open. The applicants must be between 18-30 (up to 35 if you are an Irish passport holder) years old. The approved applicants has the right to work and travel within Canada up to 24 months with the IEC program. For more information about the requirements and new quota please contact VisaFirst – Canadian Working Holiday...

Corporate Ireland in Seek of Critical Skills Employees from Oversees.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Ireland, Migration News |

  Healthcare, Technology and Business sectors are in high demand for Irish highly skilled employment permit card holders   Since the Irish economy has been kick-started back into action, Irish businesses in certain sectors have experienced difficulty in sourcing certain skills for their business from the skills pool here in Ireland. They have been forced to look further afield to attract highly skilled employees for their operations. Sectors in need of highly skilled employees Businesses of all sizes across a range of sectors have experienced the need to bring in foreign skills (from outside the EEA area) under the General Employment Permit and the Critical Skills Permit. The most recent statistics from the Department of Jobs, Employment and Innovation show requests from Irish companies for employment permits in the following sectors: Engineering, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, IT sector, Biotechnology, Chemical & Material sciences, Telecommunications, Business and Financial project management, International Business and Marketing executives, Global Audit Data analysis International Cuisine Irish Work Permit options to bring in skilled labour There are two main types of permit that companies can use to bring in skilled foreign workers into Ireland (from outside the EEA area): General Employment Permit Critical Skills Employment Permit These permits allow the applicant to work for the Irish employer for a period of up to 2 years initially. The applicant may then apply to stay longer after the 2 years. There is a minimum salary requirement of EUR 30,000. If the salary is in excess of EUR 60,000, then the applicant can apply for a critical skills. General Employment permit There is no specific occupation (exceptions) that can apply for the general employment permit (previously known as the Work permit). The employer must carry out a labour market test to prove that there is nobody suitable from within the EEA area that is interested and can fill the role. Family can join the permit holder after 12 months. Critical Skills Employment permit or Irish Green Card – is geared at highly skilled applicants that are required by Irish employers. The applicant needs to hold a relevant degree qualification or higher and has a job offer in an occupation listed on the eligible occupation list. If the salary is above EUR 60,000 the applicant can apply for the critical skills permit regardless the occupation. Family...

Need Canadian Work and Holiday Visa? Last Chance September 30th!

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Migration News |

If you need Canada Work and Holiday visa, it is better to hurry up. The quotes for 2016 season are going to be closed. The deadline for that is September 30th. It is important to submit your application within last  few days of September because you are going to wait for a while before next quotes. The new quotes are expected to be  opened mid October 2017. It looks like a big break so better speed up. If you want to apply now please visit Canadian Work and Holiday Visa. If you want more information about Canadian visas please visit – visafirst.com....

Top Expat Destinations

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, New Zealand Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey there were named the top countries to live abroad and best places for expats. More than 14 000 people from 174 nations took part in the survey which had to choose the best place amongst 191 countries globally. The main categories which were judged for placing the top countries are as follows. 1. Quality of life, it combines many aspects of life but the most significant considered here are – personal happiness, safety and security, transport, health, leisure. The winner in this category is Taiwan. Second one is – Ease of settling in, which consists of friendliness, feeling welcome, finding friends, language. Here the winner is Mexico. This is the country where people feel very well when stepping the first time and find friends easily. The third one is, personal finance – for many is by far one of the most important aspects for securing your future and the one of their family. Clear leader here is Taiwan followed by Ukraine and Ecuador. China and India are also in top 10. Next category is – working abroad, often this is the driver for moving abroad and it concerns – the career, work-life balance, job security. The best place to work is Luxemburg. Talking about work–life balance the leader here is New Zealand, Australia is also in top 10 here. For information about visas follow the links,  Australian business or tourist visa or New Zealand visa. Family life is the final one – it combines factors like family well-being, availability, quality of education, childcare. Here number one is Finland securing best place for your family. Countries like Australia, Germany, Israel are also in the top 10.   The overall leaders in the survey are: 1. Taiwan, 2. Malta, 3. Ecuador. In top 10 are also countries like...

How to Find a Job Abroad

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 in Migration News |

Finding the right job is not always an easy task. Even more difficult is trying to find it when you are not in the given country. There are many reasons for pursuing a career abroad. Many find it better option to try working abroad or it is kind of an adventure and challenge to try different way of live, new experience, culture or better environment for their skills and professional path. It doesn’t matter what the reasons are the challenge is always good and could come in different forms. So everyone needs the right approach, tools and partners to help him achieve his goal. One of the most important things to bear in mind is to know the local language or if this is not an option at least to speak good English. This will give you advantage when speaking to locals and trying to find your place under the sun. Internet has always something to offer and that is why it is recommended to use social media. There are many channels online where you can find relevant positions for your career.  A lot of companies publish openings in their public profiles. Professional groups in social media could be also a very smart move to be frequently checked. Local groups in different industries also are publishing openings or HRs are looking for prospects in such groups. Networking is also another way of finding good place to work. Knowing the right people is always key for reaching your goals. Creating good network of professionals in your field is vital for exchanging useful information and being informed about the latest openings and trends. Finding a job abroad is not easy task at all. That is why having relevant work experience is crucial. This is a good sign for the employer that you have knowledge and skills that could benefit to the company. In the same time it will give the confidence to start working right away. Having a degree always helps. In some countries it is recommended to have one, like in China. It is not the case in Europe. In...

Top 10 Countries with Highest Job Opportunities

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

One of the most important decision a person has to take is finding a good job and professional environment. Long time ago people used to work for one employer their entire life and usually it used to be where they were born. Nowadays technology and modern way of life gives the opportunity to have much more options to choose from. More liberal Legislations and democracy gives a lot to people who want to have the career and professional development they want in the country they want to live and have happy life. Boundaries are not obstacles any more Visa and work permits are not obstacles as well/check visafirst.com/ There are a number of countries which economies are growing and they need professionals to help fill their needs of good work force. In this research the top 2 positions are occupied by Asian countries.   Singapore Hong Kong United Arab Emirates Australia USA France China Netherlands UK Mexico The leader in this research Singapore has huge needs in telecommunications and IT sector. The stable economy and good business relations of the country on global level creates a lot of opportunities for qualified people. The runner up Hong Kong is famous for its global trading and business environment as well as great tourist destination which provides a lot of opportunities for young and ambitious people who want to explore new culture and have some Asian experience with global business environment. 3rd place is for United Arab Emirates. This country has a lot of resources mainly thanks to its oil. There are a lot of huge projects financed by the government and a lot of opportunities in the oil and engineering sectors as well as construction building. The huge demands of those industries and endless resources leads to good salaries for people that are not afraid of the hot climate. Number 4 is for Australia a vast country with endless needs for people in any sector of business and skill sets. The surprising country here is Mexico. Famous for its culture, good climate and famous tourist destination. The country has 14th largest...

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