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Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Migration News |

Business Visas and How to Focus on Business Instead of Visa and Documents

Global business requires huge investments and multiple offices, operation centers across the globe. The efficiency and new markets requires flexible business models and people moving from country to country. If this is your case so you know how much it takes to organize your trip and how much time and efforts it requires to make your trip safe without any bumps meeting regulations, visa issues and all sorts of paper work insurances and bureaucracy. In order to focus on your business tasks business travelers, need to have their documents arranged by professionals who know the requirements. In most of the cases traveling requires documents to be perfect and there are constant updates of Visa regulations and other permits needed for the specific country. As well as documents important aspect of the trip is to get familiar with the local culture and way of making business. In Japan for example it is considered rude to be late for business meeting. It is fine to be late for social meeting. In Middle East it is normal to begin a small talk before starting to negotiate or doing business on the meeting. Good practice is to get familiar with the local etiquette. Details like how to greet your partners or business colleagues could mean a lot to your business success. Learning the important gestures and mimics common for the given country can be crucial at times. “OK” gesture forming circle with thumb and index finger is a normal gesture in most countries but in France means zero and in Brazil is considered a vulgar gesture. Another important aspect of your business trip is to know the normal working week and time for different occasions. In the Near East normal weekend is considered Thursday and Friday instead of the well-known traditional Saturday, Sunday. Lunch time in some countries is normal to be between 2-4 hours unlike the common one hour. All this information should lead to the conclusion that neglecting small details could lead to huge hurdles and organizing a normal business trip is very important task. Starting with Visa documents and other...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Migration News |

Australia’s Point Based System and How UK Can Handle Immigration After Brexit.

More information about Australian Visa and immigration documents on visafirst.com Australia is a country with long traditions and experience in migration management and border control. The big island country has established a system of rules for regulating the number of immigrants wanting to live and work there by measuring their skills and outstanding abilities that could be of benefit for the local economy. The so called point based immigration system works very good and attracts only qualified professionals who want to work there or are subject of interest from a local company. There are two ways two get qualified for Australian visa, one is to get approved by the point based system for the specific job you are applying and the other is to be sponsored by a relative, an employer or government agency in Australia. As per the Australian government they are giving an opportunity to skilled migrants to support themselves and in the same time to contribute to the local economy. The point based system is kind of eligibility test assessment to get a visa to work in Australia. Applicants must pass a test that awards points in different categories such as age, English literacy, qualifications, experience and occupation. Usually the younger the applicant is the better they should be under 50, high priority is given to English language skills as it is the local language. More points are given to people qualified to work in areas where needs are big. For 2015-16 there are 190 000 permanent migration places for people wanting to move to Australia. This system obviously delivers very good results and the Australian government is willing to keep this policy for years. It is a good example of proper political behavior in a delicate situation as the one with immigration. In regards with UK possible EU exit this is a good way to cope with the arising issue of people entering UK. More information about this topic click here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Europe, Living Abroad, United Kingdom, Working Abroad |

Brexit and Free Labour Movement in Europe

Recently Europe and European Union faced a big economic and political crisis which echoed globally. The effect over the economies and financial markets was immediate. Billions were lost and the British pound dropped significantly. After all what does it mean and how it will affect the average European citizen his normal life and freedom of traveling in Europe and UK? One of the main concerns for the average person is how he is going to travel and if the immigration processes will be affected after that decision. Inevitably there should be big changes in UK and EU regulations for people traveling to and out of UK. The perfect example for countries not part of EU and free movement of people in EU are Switzerland and Norway. Those two countries are not members of EU but are members of the EU free market and European citizens can freely travel in those countries. The main question is what restrictions for controlling the movement of labour in order to keep UK economy healthy and in the same time limit the number of people entering UK. From business perspective restricting workforce is not going to be the correct decision as this will make the economy less competitive against other economies providing more cost effective models. One thing is sure both EU and UK need to find the right solution to secure safe business and easy movement of people. For more information about Visa requirements visit visafirst.com Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Migration News |

Brexit and Australia – How the UK Immigration Landscape Could Change

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...

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Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Travel |

Top 10 China Destinations

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...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Migration News |

Top 10 Cities to Live in Canada

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 – https://www.visafirst.com/en/canada_visas.asp. Visa FirstMore...

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

Top 10 Business Destinations Worldwide

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 website. Visa FirstMore...

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