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Brexit and Australia – How the UK Immigration Landscape Could Change

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Migration News |

Australia and the UK have a long-standing close relationship when it comes to migration. Australians make up the fourth largest nationality in the UK – after China, India and the USA. However, since the last decade – the number of issued work permits for Australians has halved. In addition, it’s reported Australians leave the country because their homeland’s economy landscape allows them to earn twice as much for the same work. The Australian dollar is worth much more now, meaning Aussies don’t need to use the UK as their base point for Europe, rather they can work in Australia and still travel to the old continent. How will the #Brexit affect Australians looking to go the UK? First and foremost, the Brexit is expected to reduce the EEA migrant flow in the UK. That would presumably let more Australian workers into the UK, because they will no longer be squeezed out by free-moving EU citizens. How would this happen? The belief is that ties between the Britain and its Commonwealth partners will become stronger. It is expected that it will lead to more open borders between Britain and Australia and it will make it easier in terms of visas and immigration for Commonwealth countries. Currently, the minimum salary threshold for migrants to work permanently in the UK is GBP 35,000. Many Australians work temporarily as nurses and teachers earning an average salary of GBP 23,000. Former London Major Boris Johnson and Minister Michael Gove said that if they won the referendum, they would look to introduce a points based immigration system which would be underpinned by skills shortages. This system would assign points based on age, English language, education, and occupation. It would allow only skilled migrants into the country so long as they had an occupation that is in high demand in the UK and met a certain profile – someone who is educated, speaks English, unlikely to be a burden on the NHS or pension reserves due to age and can have a positive contribution to the British economy. This suggested immigration policy is very similar to...

Top 10 China Destinations

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Travel |

If you plan to visit China don’t miss those places and get your visa with Visa First. China is great country with a lot of history and places to visit. It is one of the richest in culture places to visit on earth. It is country with vast territory, huge cities, millions of people, and thousands of tourist attractions to see. China is a country with very interesting blend of communist governance and democratic free market. The country has a free market and can trade globally and many foreign corporations use its great financial conditions for outsourcing and producing goods and services there. All this is possible under the strict law and government of China which regulates very carefully all the sectors of the economy. The foreign visitors are always very welcome and can enjoy they stay having good time with the local people and their traditional famous globally kitchen and meals. Beijing Beijing is the most popular destination in China. The places you must visit in Beijing begin with the Forbidden City, a place with hundreds of years of history and millions of visitors each year. The Great Wall Another historical place is of course the Great Wall which could be seen even from space and attracts as many visitors as emperor’s palace. A great place to see more history and exceptional architecture and culture is the Summer Palace which is settled northwest of Beijing. It is known for the best preserved imperial garden in the world. The second most popular tourist destination in China is Xi’an. The most popular place there to see is the famous archaeological site – the Terracotta Army. It consists of more than 6 000 life – size warriors and horses. Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou 3rd most popular destination in China is Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou. Suzhou and Hangzhou are 1 hour away by train from Shanghai. There you can enjoy ancient culture, gardens, architecture and water town. You can feel there the atmosphere and spirit of the calm life of the country away from the megacities and their buzz. The Rest The other places...

Top 10 Cities to Live in Canada

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Migration News |

Many people choose Canada as their next workplace according to VisaFirst.com In a recent survey Ottawa, Canada’s capital was named the best city to live in. In the survey the most important indicators are unemployment rate, average rent, cultural diversity. This is especially important for immigrants that are looking for good place to live and work. Many other factors were included in this research for choosing the best city. Ottawa took the leading position considering factors like income, crime rate, taxes, weather. The researchers say that in order to have good life in the given city critical is to have great public transport to get you where you need in no time. The diversity of cultures helps a lot for socializing as well as the many places to visit during your free time. The economy should be in good shape to secure opportunities for work and progress. Great recipe for good mood is also good weather, affordable and safe place especially important for family people. Answering to those criteria are also cities like Gatineau which is just across the river from the leader Ottawa. Third place is for Waterloo and Brossard takes 4th place. Ottawa has unemployment rate of 6.6% and percentage of immigrants about 20%. For a 2 bedroom flat you are going to pay about $1.176. The second in this ranking Gatineau has unemployment rate of 5.5% and immigrants are about 9% of the population. The rent for 2-bedroom flat is about $752 much lower than the leader. Waterloo (3) has unemployment rate of 5.2% and immigrants are about 25% of the population. The rent for 2-bedroom flat is about $1.087. The top 10 list is as follows: Ottawa, Ontario Gatineau, Quebec Waterloo, Ontario Brossard, Quebec Delta, British Columbia Saanich, British Columbia Burlington, Ontario Regina, Saskatchewan St. Albert, Alberta Guelph, Ontario The whole research is available here. Information about requirements and processing of Canadian visas –...

Top 10 Business Destinations Worldwide

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 in Migration News, Press Releases |

The leading top 3 destinations are Singapore (1), Israel (2), Australia (3). In top 20 are also countries like Canada (9), USA (12), New Zealand (13), China (14). This report combines 22 indicators across 5 growth areas – business, financial, labour, technology, market growth. There are a number of reasons for companies to look at other markets – globalization, new opportunities and more revenue. Key role in that is the digital technology helping to overcome the distances and lower the barriers. The business climate in the given country has a leading role for setting up a company there but the government define how flawless will the entire operation be in terms of regulations and low taxes is not enough to attract new investors. Last couple of years the globalization of business requires dynamic changes, fast decision-making of key personnel and professionals across countries. Government regulations have lowered the barriers for business travelers due to mutual financial and political interests. Business visa regulations are strict but manageable (for more information on business visa requirements visit our website). Operating overseas offers great opportunity for growth on new markets, or lowering the costs using an outsourcing business model. Creating sound business can take a long time and the risk is high so it takes not only one indicator to be measured but entire financial ecosystem. The top places are taken by advanced economies where a new company has all that’s needed – a stable and progressive economy, low business risk, proper regulations and a steady government environment. The Top 10 Countries Singapore Israel Australia Finland Sweden Slovenia Switzerland Norway Canada Taiwan To read the full GDI report for 2015 please click here http://www.grantthornton.co.uk/globalassets/1.-member-firms/global/insights/article-pdfs/2015/gdi2015_report_final_update.pdf To read more about how you can get business visa for the following countries visit our...

Rio Olympics 2016 – What You Need To Know About Brazil

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Brazil |

People usually have one of two images of Brazil in their heads: beautiful beaches with beautiful people, maybe playing soccer, drenched in sunshine or a somewhat third world country with a lot of crime, corruption and poverty. Like with most stereotypes, the truth lies somewhere in the middle and there are good parts and bad parts of Brazil. However, in general, Brazil is a great place to vacation. Like so much of South America, Brazilian culture is widely diverse and the country itself contains many places to visit which are all a little different. This year, all the talk is centred on the 2016 Olympic Games. Only two years have passed since Brazil hosted the football World Cup when 1.35 million tourists visited and this year, almost half a million visitors are expected to descend on Rio alone. If you’re heading to the Games, here’s what you need to know about Rio and Brazil. Visa & Passports If you need a visa for Brazil, sort this well in advance. Residents of most countries require a visa to travel to Brazil though exemptions have been made for certain countries for summer 2016. Also, make sure your passport is valid and in date. It should be at least six months left before it expires. Money Make sure you have your Brazilian reals ready. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted if you prefer to cash free though it’s recommended to carry some cash. Foreign cards are also accepted by some ATMs in Brazil if you need to withdraw some more cash. Language Many, many people believe that Spanish is the national language of Brazil when it is actually Portuguese. Foreign languages are not widely spoken in Brazil though you may find some Brazilians who speak a little German English or Spanish. It’s pretty easy to carry phrase books these days – there are plenty of apps available for downloading but try to pick up a few key phrases like ‘Bom dia’, ‘Desculpe!’ and ‘Obrigado’. Weather It’s warm in Brazil and visitors to Rio for the Olympics should prefer for temperatures in...

Heading to Euro 2016? What You Need To Know About Travelling In France

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Europe, Tips and Tricks |

The biggest ever Euro Championships is taking place in the world’s most popular tourist destination… needless to say, it’s going to be a pretty amazing few weeks for anyone heading to France this summer! Whether you are arriving from one of the European countries playing in the tournament or from further afield, here are some basic tips and advice so your summer 2016 in France is one to remember! Transport Getting to France should be pretty easy for most people. There are so many options: plane, ferry, train and bus services are available for visitors. France is going to be hectic this summer so it’s best to plan and book whatever transport you can well in advance of any journeys you are taking within France. Public transport options and costs may vary from city to city so make sure to research local public transport for each city you visit. If you plan on renting a car, make sure to read up on the rules of the road as they may differ from the rules you are used to at home. Visas & Passports If you are travelling on passport from an EU country or from Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland you do not need a visa to travel to France. Visa requirements vary for holders of passports from other countries so check with Visa First to see if you need to arrange a visa before you travel to France. All travellers should ensure that their passport is valid and in date and kept secure while in France. Money The Euro is the currency in France so you are sorted if you are travelling from another Euro-zone country. However, credit cards are widely accepted so if you don’t fancy getting cash converted or having a wallet full of notes and coins, bring your cards with you. Language Parlez-vous français? Even if the answer is a resounding “non”, try to fit in few French words here and there. A “merci” and “s’il vous plait” will go a long way. There are also many language apps and online resources so asking for directions,...

Global Tourism is in Good Health

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Migration News |

Top visited countries – France, USA, Spain, China in top 10, Russia and Mexico close behind. Nowadays boundaries and Visa regulations are obviously no obstacle for global tourism according to visa expert Visa First. Last few years the world tourism is growing and tops 1.1 billion tourist in 2014. Over the past few decades global tourism is growing uninterrupted and is one the fastest growing economic sectors worldwide. The income that destinations generated by tourists during 2014 is reported $1245bln. The expectations of the experts are the profits to grow with an average speed of 3.3% per year and to reach 1.8 bln until 2030. Top 4 destinations countries are France, USA, Spain, China in top 10 are also Russia (9) and Mexico (10). The regional results show that America has the biggest growth of 8% vs Europe 3% and Asia and the Pacific 5%. According to the UNWTO 54% traveled by air to their destinations vs 46% by land of which 39% travel by road others are 2%rail and 5% by water. The leading reason for traveling abroad is leisure 53%. Other reasons for hitting the road are 14% for business and about 27% for other reasons such as visiting friends. For more detailed information about the report of UNWTO click here. More information about Tourist Visas click here...

Explore Auténtica Cuba

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Tips and Tricks, Travel Destinations |

Over the past 18 months, Cuba has been in the news more than it has been in recent years. This is obviously due to the normalisation of U.S.A. – Cuban relations and the relaxation of the Cuba Trade Embargo. However, there have been many media reports pointing out that soon Cuba will be a changed country due to an influx of American tourists and goods; Cuba will be a homogenous tropical tourist destination, just like anywhere else in the Caribbean. Of course, anyone who has been to Cuba knows that this is unlikely to be the case. Millions of Canadian, Australians, Europeans, Russians and Chinese people visit Cuba each year, bringing with them plenty of the culture these nationalities share with Americans. It surprises many people but in some regards, Cuba is more modern and developed than people realise. Here’s a quick run-down of what to expect and what to do when you get to Cuba: Cuban Surprises You can get Coca-Cola! And Heinz ketchup, Nike clothes, Marlboro cigarettes, Disney toys and many other products by American brands. The products are usually manufactured or produced in Mexico or other Latin American countries but Cubans have access to these goods. Not everyone drives a Lada or a 1950’s Ford. In fact, contemporary motors by European and Russian manufacturers are just as plentiful as classic cars. Virtually every Cuban you meet will be bi- or tri-lingual. Spanish is the national language but most people can speak English as well as French or German. Prior to 1991, Russian was taught as student’s second language in schools so many Cubans are fluent Russian speakers too. Cuba has the best education system in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba also dedicates more of its national budget to education than any other country in the world! Plus, education is free in Cuba which means most Cubans are highly educated to third or even fourth level. However, the most sought after jobs in Cuba are careers in the tourist industry. Tourism jobs pay more than most jobs – partially due to tips, so it’s not unusual...

World’s Best Place to Live – Melbourne, Australia

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Migration News |

Melbourne Australia has been voted the best liveable city in the world according to ’’The Economist” and its annual report “Global Liveability Ranking 2015”. In the report were included 140 cities across the globe. The ranking is based on 30 factors including safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment. UK and Ireland immigrants are amongst the top 10 nations moving to Australia according to Visa First manager and immigration expert Edwina Shanahan. “Visa First helps thousands of those people to get Australian Visa to live and work” she adds. Top 8 of Most Livable Cities Melbourne, Australia; Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Calgary, Canada 5th; Adelaide, Australia; Sydney, Australia. Noticeable is the strong presence of Australian and Canadian cities in this report. There are multiple reasons for the leading position of Melbourne – economical, social, cultural, all contributing for this result. The city is famous for its cultural diversity and people from many different corners of the globe contributing for the unique atmosphere of the city. The infrastructure and public transport are very well developed and contribute for the easy daily commuting of the local people. Besides the great infrastructure and great opportunities for work and study it is a great place for your free time as well. There are many museums and galleries displaying many interesting pieces of art and of course good number of museums showing the life and culture of Aboriginal people. Melbourne is considered a Unesco city of literature because of the literary festivals, book stores, great history of famous award winning authors. To read the full report – click here. View a complete list of Australian Visas processed by Visa First – click...

Ireland Needs More Highly Qualified Professionals

Posted on May 20, 2016 in Migration News |

The past few years were not very good for the Irish economy and its qualified workforce. The so called “brain drain” was a big factor for a significant part of the economy and the corporate world in Ireland. Since the economic recession is gone there is a good sign of economic recovery showing an interest in the corporate world to hire non EU professionals to help grow the local business. There is a visible trend of increasing number of immigrants and visa work permits for granted to professionals in HSE and IT sector. The growth in 2016 is going to be around 9 000 compared to 7 353 in 2015 according to Visa First expert Edwina Shanahan. Link to the interview of Visa First expert Edwina Shanahan click...

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