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6 Misconceptions About Australia and New Zealand

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand |

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT AUSTRALIA Not all animals are poisonous in Australia. In fact you can hardly come by bad spiders and snakes, so they could be easily avoided. Furthermore, Australia is the home of one of the sweetest animal – the Quokka. Not all Aussies live outback. Actually half of Australia’s population live in the five largest cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Aussies and Kiwis are not the same. While they do are more similar to each other compared to Chinese or Arabs, the two nations are quite different. It’s like saying that Canada is part of the United States of America and vice versa. Kiwis are really tetchy on this topic. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is 100% green. Some tourists get the impression that everything is clean and green in New Zealand. This is not true. New Zealand is not as green as people think it is. In fact the environment records are not that impressive. New Zealand has 20 sheep for every person. Although, no one’s going to deny the fact that sheep farming has been crucial in the development of New Zealand’s economy, it now stands at seven sheep per human. The capital of New Zealand is Auckland. If you hear Auckland all the time this is because Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. But New Zealand’s capital since 1865 is Wellington. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about New Zealand visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please...

7 Top Places to Visit in Perth

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Perth is ranked one of the best places to live on the planet and also one of the world’s most sunniest capital city. These are the top 7 places to visit in Perth: 1. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Kings Park and Botanic Garden is often called the green heart of the city. It is located in the top of St. George’s Terrace. The park is one of the most popular destinations among the tourists in Western Australia. There are extraordinary river and city views from the park. With its barbeque and picnic facilities, Kings Park is preferred by families with young children. 2. Perth Cultural Centre The Perth Cultural Centre includes the Western Australian Museum, the Library of Western Australia, the Art Gallery, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre. It is a place to learn new things, get involved in different activities or just enjoy the sunshine. Near to the public transport and adjacent to the Perth central train station, the Cultural Centre is a dynamic and lively public area. 3. Fremantle Harbour Fremantle has recently been named in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016. It is one of Australia’s busiest ports. There’s a great weekend market here with locally grown produce and live music. The streets are full of trendy cafes and bars, musicians and collections of art. Tourists are also attracted by the waterfront at the western end of Victoria Quay as it is open for people to watch the port’s workings. 4. Cottesloe Beach Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s best and most popular beaches. Walking along the coastline, surfing, diving or snorkelling are just a few of all the activities you can enjoy here. In March Cottesloe Beach becomes an open gallery. 5. Rottnest Island  Rottnest Island attracts half a million visitors a year. It is a nature reserve and an idyllic little island offering a range of marvellous white beaches with crystal clear water, bays and coves, reefs and wrecks. 6. Perth Zoo What you can find in Perth Zoo is a diversity of 164 species of animals and a...

Visa Applicants Encouraged to Move to Regional New Zealand

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 in New Zealand |

New visa criteria applied from 1 November 2015 for those willing to apply for New Zealand Permanent Skilled Visa and Essential Skills Temporary Work Visa. Changes on the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Program: Points for job offer outside Auckland for Skilled Migrant Visa are increased from 10 to 30. Points for entrepreneurs under the Entrepreneur Work Visa are increased from 20 to 40. More clarity for employers in the visa process through streamlined labour market test. Applicants who have claimed 10 points for job offer outside Auckland and whose applications have not yet been processed will automatically get the additional points now. Skilled migrants getting permanent visa should not take up work in Auckland for 12 months after their skilled visa is granted. They will need to remain outside Auckland for 12 months if they’ve not yet taken the position or have been in their job for three months or less. Changes on the New Zealand Essential Skills Program: Employers can now seek advice from Work and Income Service New Zealand to obtain a Skills Match Report before a visa application is lodged, not after that. It is expected that this will significantly cut the visa processing time as Immigration New Zealand officers will no longer need to do routine checks after visa application is submitted. All employers are now encouraged to contact Work and Income prior to applicant’s visa application although they will still be able to hire low skilled occupations without a Skills Match Report. This will be possible until March 2016 when all low skilled applicants will need to submit a Skills Match Report as part of their visa application. The Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said: “The changes will encourage skilled migrants and entrepreneurs to settle outside Auckland. For skilled roles that are hard to fill in certain regions we should be doing more to attract and retain high calibre migrants to help those regions grow. These changes will contribute to a better balance in our immigration settings and will allow regions to access more of the people, skills and investment they need to build the...

Indian E-visa Program for British Nationals

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 in Migration News, Travel |

On 15 Aug, India finally opened its e-visa program for British nationals. The UK is one of the 113 nationalities eligible for Indian e-Tourist visa. The whole process and paperwork is much easier and cheaper. The aim of the Indian government is to boost tourism in India. Indian eVisa is for people who want to visit India for tourism, i.e. recreation and sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives; or for business visits. An Indian government statement said: “With this addition, the total count of countries under the scheme will go up to 113. Simultaneously, we are going to add seven more Indian airports as designated airports for entry on e-Tourist Visa from 15th August 2015.” Around 800,000 British citizens visit India every year. India announced that 7.68 million foreigners visited the country last year. Those willing to travel to India on e-TV should apply at least 4 days before the date of travel. This is because, the visa is not issued automatically, once the application is submitted, travellers get their entry documents within 4 days via email. The application process is simplified for Britons – no need to make a paper application. The passport should be valid at least six months from the date of arrival in India and all applicants should carry a copy of the e-visa while travelling. This visa is valid for 30 days from the day of arrival in India. VisaFirst is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Tourist and Business visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share          ...

Meet us in Australia!

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Migration News |

Are you looking to remain in Australia but not sure of your visa options, then meet a registered migration agent! Declan Clune, a registered MARA agent is meeting clients across Australia helping people to find their options to stay on. Migration talks are taking place across the country: 19th October Monday Sydney 21st October Wednesday Brisbane 23rd October Friday Melbourne 25th October Sunday Perth If you want to meet face to face with migration expert and provider of information on relocation, services for living and working opportunities, register and book a placement now! Regardless of what stage of the process you are, we can help you out with the visa process. Your appointment will be confirmed once your booking is approved. Consultation fees of AUD 100 will apply but these will be deducted from your visa application...

Do you Know Your Working Rights in Australia?

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Australia |

The 10 basic rights all employees in Australia are entitled to are: Maximum of 38 hours working week for standard week plus additional hours Annual leave – four weeks paid leave Parental and adoption unpaid leave of 12 months with an option to request another 12 months Personal / carer’s leave of 10 days Request flexible working arrangements Public holidays leave Log service leave Community service leave Notice of termination and redundancy pay Provision of a Fair Work Information Statement What are the minimum pay rates for foreign workers? In Australia, all employees are treated equally regardless if they are temporary work visa holders or Australian citizens. No one should be paid less than the minimum wage. The national minimum wage in Australia as of July 2015 is $656.90 per week, or $17 .29 per hour. Can you be paid in cash? Yes, if your employer decides so and as long as the appropriate taxes are paid to the Australian Tax Office. Alternatively, you can be paid using cheque, money or postal order or money transfer into your bank account. You should also be getting superannuation. Taking your wages in cash and not paying any taxes is against the Australian laws. All employers should issue a payslip within 1 day of your pay day. What are your working rights as a 457 Visa holder: The employers hiring overseas skilled workers on 457 visa need to ensure the conditions and pay rate offered are not less favourable than those offered on their Australians working the same or similar job in the same workplace. You and your family can be covered all travel costs in case you need to leave Australia – you only need to request this in written You are only required to provide the duties related to your approved occupation Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Canadian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please...

Australian Skilled Migration Update – September 2015

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Migration News |

Applications for the old skilled visas, subclass 175, 176 and 475 visa that are no longer eligible under the new General Skilled Migration Program have been capped and taken to have never been made. The Australian Immigration will issue refund of the application fees, but could a refund compensate people waiting for their applications to be processed for 5 years and more! Most of the Skilled Independent 175 visa applications have already been allocated and processed but the most affected people were those submitted family sponsored applications. This underlines again the current government policy to reduce the number of family migrants. Current Update on the SkillSelect From October, there will be two invitation rounds which will mean shorter waiting time for visa invitation There were only 20 invitations for accounts in the September round. It is expected that the minimum score for invitation in this occupation would be 65 for the rest of 2015. There are no more available places for External or Internal Auditors for skilled 189 visa and family sponsored 489 visa until July 2016. These occupations are only eligible for state nomination visas (subclass 190 and 489). Anyone willing to gain more points and thus increase their chances for visa invitation may consider any of below options: Improve their English language scores Claim points for spouse’s skills Complete a professional year program in Australia Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share  ...

Update on the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Canada, Migration News |

Alberta The Alberta Nominee program announced they will not accept new applications before 27 January 2016. The pause in processing new applications will ensure current applications are assessed on time. Alberta has been granted 5,500 nominations for 2015 by the Federal Government. As of September Alberta has issued 3900 nominations. British Columbia No more applications will be accepted for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee program. Applications will only be accepted for the following positions: Health care professionals for Skilled and Express entry visa and Northeast Pilot project. Applicants can apply for BC Provincial program again at the beginning of 2016 when a new point-based system will be introduced. Nova Scotia The province of Nova Scotia will increase the number of immigration nominations for its two express entry streams, increasing the number of nominations to 1350 for 2015. Ontario The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program is now called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. The name change does not affect the eligibility criteria or the requirements. The total number of nominations allocated for Ontario is 5,200 for 2015 including Express Entry and Immigrant Nominee program. Ontario has introduced two Express entry streams for skilled workers who want to settle down in Ontario: Human Capital Priority Stream French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Saskatchewan  There’s a threshold on the number of nominations that will be accepted for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. There are three streams in Saskatchewan – International Skilled Worker Stream, Saskatchewan Experience Stream, Enterpreneur and Farm Stream. There are 3,849 nominations left for International Skilled Workers for 2015.  1,000 applications left for the Express Entry and additional 1,000 applications left for International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand stream. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Canadian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share...

5 Tips for Working in Australia

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Australia, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

If you are looking for a career challenge in a country of almost unlimited opportunities, Australia should be your first choice because the demand for qualified overseas workers in most Australian sectors is really strong. The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week and the employees are entitled to four weeks annual leave. 1. Working in Australia as a backpacker Looking for job in Australia while you are travelling is much more different compared to job search at home. You may need to consider different opportunities you would never have done before or accept weird working hours. Backpackers are allowed to work only 12 months. Those looking for a longer term job can apply through SkillSelect for permanent positions. Working Holiday makers who intend to work in construction, will need the so called “white card” and a day of safety training. And those intending to work behind the bar and to serve alcohol, should have passed RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) training. You can find a lot of vacancies online while still at home. Some of the most popular websites for job search are Gumtree, Backpacker Jobs and Seek. If you want to extend your first Working Holiday visa with another 12 months, you need three months seasonal job in regional Australia. Gumtree is a good place to look for seasonal jobs. Remember, don’t pay anything upfront as a ‘deposit’. Get familiar with the Working holiday visa  1. Working in Australia as a backpacker We are sending people to Australia for so many years now. Are you eligible? Check the main requirements below: – be aged 18-30 – hold an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months after your proposed return – have no dependant children – be able to prove sufficient funds – be of good character and meet the health criteria. Look for the cheapest flight to Australia The flights are cheaper in April, May, June and November, so if you want to save some money book your flights around that time. Another saving tip: If you are sure you won’t be getting a...

Living in Australia After Graduation

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad |

If your study in Australia is near to its end and if you are not ready to leave Australia just right now, then you have no other choice but stay and look for a job! There are a number of options for those of you seeking a job in Australia. Job Opportunities for Graduates in Australia There are a lot of job opportunities for graduates from tertiary universities in Australia. Some of the most popular websites to look for a job are seek.com and gumtree.com where you can find great job vacancies for international students. Another option is the local job market. Skilled graduates from Australian universities are in high demand in the country, especially if their English language skills are advanced. A number of industries such as hospitality, health and tech Industries are growing in Australia and there’s a desperate need for skilled workers. Australian Graduate Visa Options Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) To meet the criteria for this visa, you need to be undewr 50 years old and have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from the Skilled Occupation list (SOL). You also need to be in Australia in order to aply for this visa; Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) This visa is for engineering graduates to gain up to 28 months skilled experience in Australia. To be eligible you need to be under 31 and in the last 2 years you have completed an engineering degree at one of the universities recognized by the immigration authorities. Cost of Living As a young working professional you need to have a clear idea of the cost of living in Australia. Those who have already lived in Australia as students might be aware that the salaries are good but the daily expenses are pretty high in Australia too. Cost of Living in Australia, 2015 Source: Numbeo.com Markets Avg. Milk, (1 liter) 1.47 A$ Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.84 A$ Rice (1kg) 2.93 A$ Eggs (12) 4.65 A$ Cheese (1kg) 9.68 A$ Chicken Breasts (1kg) 11.03 A$ Apples (1kg) 4.19 A$ Oranges (1kg) 3.70 A$ Tomato (1kg) 4.68 A$ Potato (1kg) 2.96 A$ Lettuce (1 head) 2.43 A$ Water...

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