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Posted on May 12, 2017 in Australia, Australian Immigration |

Changes in Australian Visa Charges

This year the Australian government has made many changes to the Visas and Border control aiming better pool of people entering the country. Recently was announced the changes of Sponsorship 457 visa and Permanent Resident Visa. As part of this new approach a few days ago a change in the Visa Application Charges was announced. It will affect foreign employees as well as Australian employers. Employers will have new charges as the current training benchmarks for employers sponsoring foreign employees will be replaced by Skilling Australians Fund Levy. This change will take effect in March 2018. There will be 2 categories of employers: Business with turnover of less than AUD10 million per year will have to pay: AUD 1200 per visa year for each TSS visa. AUD 3000 per employee on Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Business with turnover of over AUD10 million should pay upfront: AUD 1800 per visa year for each TSS visa. AUD 5000 per employee on Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)   Changes for visa application charges are planned and will be applied from July 1st 2017. About 2% will be the increase of the current first installments VACs. More information about Australian visa find here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, United Kingdom, Work & Holiday |

Top 10 Cities in the World to Find a Job Opportunity.

When considering to move abroad it is important to pay attention to several factors. One of the most important is to find the city where you can find easily a job. Each person has different perspectives and factors to evaluate and prioritize in order to find the right city for his future career. Often people choose the biggest city around. This decision is based on the common understanding that the bigger city offers more opportunities. Something that should be with very high priority when picking the city is what are your qualifications and experience as starting point. Considering that you should look for the proper place and what are the opportunities there and can you fit in this picture. There are many sources of information about the best places for your future job, like job websites and different local newspapers. In this article we will provide you with information based on a research combining 67 factors. Among those factors are – education, technology available to people for better work and life. Infrastructure and transportation which are essential for the daily commute time and ease of life. Health, safe and security are of highly importance as well as demographics and livability. Last but not least is the economic climate. Ease of doing business and cost of living, services and labor are essential here to determine the entrepreneurial potential of the place. In this research the competition is between 30 cities and the ranking is based on their results in the different categories. In this research the top position is for London. Other cities in top 10 are – New York 2nd, Singapore 3rd, Toronto 4th, Sydney 9th. London – The reasons for taking the top position are the fact that the British capitol is home many of the global corporations. Great place for the new technologies used in many sectors like IT, engineering, life sciences etc. Financial hub of Europe, many banks and financial institutions have head offices here. In many occupations like financing, medicine, IT, marketing, sales etc. people employees get one of the best paychecks globally. New York –...

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Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia in Need of Skilled Workers

Australia is one of the largest economies in the world taking 12th place by nominal GDP. The economy is dominated by the service sector which holds 68% of the GDP. Having this into account there are a lot of opportunities for skilled workers, the Australian business has identified shortage of. Alongside with USA and Canada, Australia is amongst the most preferred countries immigration wise In order to support local business needs and economy growth, the government has developed various programmes for nominating overseas workers with special skills. The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) and the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) are the 2 shortage lists of occupations the Australian labour market has high demand for. There are several sectors where a large number of professionals and tradespeople is required – engineering, healthcare, finance, accounting, agriculture, telecommunications, construction and others. All foreign nationals wiling to live and work in Australia must apply for the proper work visa. Depending on the duration of prospective employment, the nominated occupation and the personal attributes of the skilled workers, there are few different work visa types they could apply for after making sure the eligibility requirements are met. Having a trade or profession on high demand and a good level of English is fundamental for moving and working to Australia but not the only requirement. In order to relocate you’ll need a visa as well. Thousands of people are making the move to Australia every year. One of the most popular work visas applied are as follows: Sponsorship Visa (457). This visa is based on a job offer from Australian employer and is lasting for up to 4 years. In order to apply the applicant needs to have an occupation listed on the CSOL and the necessary formal qualifications or years of work experience that may substitute for the formal qualifications. Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (186) – It is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer...

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

Top 5 Most Popular Australian Visas

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...

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

Top Expat Destinations

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...

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

Top 10 Countries with Highest Job Opportunities

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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Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Canadian Immigration, Europe, Ireland, Living Abroad, Migration News, New Zealand immigration, United Kingdom, Work & Holiday |

Top Countries With The Best Reputation. Sweden, Canada, Switzerland Make The Top 3. Australia, New Zealand and Ireland In Top 10.

Having good reputation has become more important than ever in any aspect. This rule applies for companies and big corporations and it becomes big factor for countries as well. In this report are taken into consideration many factors which are building the entire image of a country from – advanced economy and appealing environment to effective government. Those 3 categories include many sectors of business, social, political and economic life of the countries which are important for every person, company or tourist. The leaders in this ranking are 1. Sweden, 2. Canada, 3. Switzerland, 4. Australia, 5. Norway, 6. Finland, 7. New Zealand, 8. Denmark, 9. Ireland, 10. Netherlands. It is clearly visible that 7 countries of top 10 are from Europe. What do they share in common is the highest index of happiness, peaceful and social progressive, great education and healthcare. The top 10 members are pretty stable during the years except Ireland the new member. The main drivers of good reputation are grouped in 3 categories mentioned above. The first category – advanced economy includes aspects like contribution to global culture, high quality products or services, well educated workforce, famous brands, education, technologically advanced. Second category is appealing environment and it includes factors like – beautiful country, appealing lifestyle, enjoyable country, friendly and welcoming. Third and most important group is effective government which includes – safe place, ethical country, responsible participant in global community, effective government, progressive social and economic policies, operates efficiently, favorable environment for business.   For more information about this report click here.     If you are interested in getting tourist visa or business visa for those countries, please visit visafirst.com. Visa FirstMore...

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