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Posted on Jan 8, 2015 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia |

New 1-Year Australian Visa for Overseas Skilled Workers

Australia considers introducing a new one-year visa to allow overseas employees working in the country for up to one year without applying for a 457 visa. The government wants to ensure the companies have more flexibility to hire the most talented people. This new visa is going to replace the existing subclass 400 visa, allowing skilled or special category people to stay and work for up to six months. Australian business was craving for a more relaxed visa regime to be able to hire professionals on short-term projects. This new short-term mobility visa would mean that employers won’t be required to demonstrate efforts in trying to find Australians for this position as well as the applicants won’t be required to meet language and skills requirements. This short-term mobility subclass visa would be valid for either three months or a year. Applicants would need an invitation from an Australian company for the shorter 3-month visa and a ‘statement of guarantee from the Australian company with the salary details, work conditions and duration of stay on it’ to qualify for the one-year visa. The Sponsorship 457 visa, would be consolidated into a new “temporary skilled category’, while permanent skilled program will be split into “permanent-independent” and “permanent-skilled” subclasses, consolidating the existing subclass 186 and 187 visas. The independent subclass will be appropriate for highly skilled people to independently apply for Australian residency and it will replace the existing distinguished talent visa. While applicants for the permanent –skilled visa would need to prove they are filling a genuine vacancy on the local labour market. A spokeman of the Australian Immigration said: “Competition for migrants amongst growth countries such as China and India, as well as our traditional competitors, will require that our skilled programs are no longer designed to passively receive migrants, but are designed to aggressively target ‘talented’ migrants in a highly competitive environment.” Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Australia, Migration News |

More English Language Test Options for Australian Visa Applicants

Visa applicants for several visa types, including work and holiday, temporary graduate and skilled and former resident visas, will now have more English language test options – TOEFL iBT (the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) and PTE Academic (the Pearson Test of English Academic). CAE (Advanced Cambridge English) scores will also be accepted after 1 Jan 2015. IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and CAE tests are the options for the student visa applicants. Senator Cash underlined: “Applicants are now able to use scores from the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as evidence of their English language ability. This development affords applicants more choice in providers while also increasing competition within the English language testing market.” These alternative language tests have been accepted for the Student visa program back in 2011 and now will benefit many more visa applicants in addition to the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) and the OET (Occupational English Test). Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.   If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 4, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Working Abroad |


Thousands of Italians are trying to escape the economic crisis in their country heading to Australia. The number of Italian migrants is the highest seen in half a century. The previous migration boom was back in 1950-1951 after the World War Two. The number of Italian citizens in Australia on a temporary visa increased by 116% between 2011 and 2013 and this figure is even higher for the period 2013-2014. The most popular visa issued to Italian passport holders between the ages of 18 and 30 is the working holiday visa. The Report of the Immigration Department in Australia showed that the United Kingdom, Germany and France were the countries issued the biggest number of Australian working holiday visas for 2012-2013. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |


According to the last Settlement report of the Australian government the exact number of Irish people settled down in Australia in the last five years has reached 22,170. Broke down in figures, this means 4,434 a year, 369 a month and 12 a day, which is a great increase! The number of people classified as skilled migrants is 17,500, while the rest 5,000 are in the country for family reasons. The survey covers the period from Oct 2009 till Oct 2014. Ireland is ranked No 11 out of top 25 migrating countries in Australia. India, China and the UK are the first on the list. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Nov 19, 2014 in Australia, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Top 8 Things to Do in Sydney

Sydney has it all: great beaches, magnificent harbour, and views to remember! If you plan to visit Sydney soon, check out if these below are on your bucket list. 1. Bondi Beach It’s definitely worthwhile to start with Bondi Beach.With its turquoise waters and a golden sand, Bondi Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and no doubt one of the most famous in the world. It’s roughly a kilometre long and always full of locals and tourists. Located on the East coast, Bondi Beach is a suburb of Sydney. 2. The Royal Botanic Gardens The Royal Botanic Gardens are located very close to the Sydney Opera House. It’s amazing because the gardens are filling an area of land between the Harbour and the eastern part of the central business area. Oasis in the heart of the city! There are more than one million specimens. You can come across a great diversity of plants – from huge trees, putting aside a wonderful shade to palms, roses and ferns. There’s a gorgeous view to the Harbour from the top of the hill, so you can go there and enjoy it. The Gardens can be accessed by bus, train or ferry. You can see people walking around the Harbour front at the lower part of the gardens during lunchtime or jogging in the mornings as this place is full of people daily till sunset when it closes. Walking through the gardens and along the seawall is a great way to relax in Sydney. 3. Sydney Opera House One of the most recognizable buildings in Australia and why not in the world! Even if you are not going to see a performance there, Sydney Opera is a visual performance itself. It’s 185 metres long and 120 wide and hosts 3,000 performances and events every year. 4. Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour is considered one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. One of the best and inexpensive ways to explore it is by ferry. It’s dotted with hundreds of sailboats, ferries, and kanus. Sydney Harbour Bridge has become an international...

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Posted on Nov 6, 2014 in Australia, Work in Australia |

TOP 10 Best Paid Jobs in Australia

If you are wondering who’s getting the highest salaries in Australia and expect these are mining engineers and dentists, you might be surprised to see that crane, hoist and lift operators earn well above the average Australian pay of AU$ 34.70 an hour. Another profession that you’ve probably not expected in this list is the University lector earning an average of AU$ 57.60 an hour. Top 10 Best Paid Jobs: 1. Anaesthetists earn $124.10 per hour.Anaesthetist’s average salary is AU$122,084 per year. But experience strongly influences pay for this job. It’s interesting that within the medical profession itself, surgeons and anaesthetists earn 2-3 times higher salaries compared to the general practitioners. The other medical practitioners, including obstetricians, gynaecologists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists etc. earn AU$70 an hour. 2. Dental practitioners get AD$ 68 per hour. Most dental practitioners are self-employed and can arrange their own working hours to suit patients. A dentist earns an average salary of AU$ 93,711 annually but this salary goes significantly down after 20 years of experience in the career. 3. Mining Engineers earn average AU$65.50 an hour. Mining sector is one of the most important ones for the Australian economy bringing in billions of dollars of export income and work for over 750,000 Australians.   4. Oil and Gas Engineering jobs – this industry includes Project Engineers, Petroleum Engineers, Petroleum Geologists. Gas, Chemical and Power Plant Operators – they get AU$63.90 an hour.   5. Barristers get AU$61.80 per hour. The salaries in the sector start from AU$83,000. Legal jobs include solicitors, barristers, attorneys, lawyers. 6. Banking and Financial services. The positions in the sector range from customer services, banking and sales positions to financial advisers and consultants. Salaries start from AU$73,914. Financial dealers get AU$60.80 per hour. 7. University lecturers and tutors earn an average of AU$57.60. An average salary in this area is AU$82,300 per year. The salary does not change much by years of experience. 8. ICT sales professionals- AU$57.60 / hour. These sales professionals should have technical knowledge of programmes and equipment selling. The starting salary is AU$60,000 per year. 9. Electronics...

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Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Ireland, Living Abroad, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, United Kingdom, Working Abroad |

New Visa Agreement Suggested Between Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Australians and New Zealanders should be free to live and work in the UK as long as they wish; this was announced in the last Commonwealth report. The new visa arrangements should make it easier and cheaper for Aussies and Kiwis to move to the United Kingdom. The scheme will be based on the trans-Tasman agreement between Australia and New Zealand and will allow any Australian or New Zealander who want to travel, live and work in the UK to get a free visa. The same should apply to British citizens who want to work in Australia or New Zealand. The same program should be extended to Canadians as well because these countries share the same language, culture, legal systems and all are highly developed economies. This visa program is perhaps an attempt of the UK Immigration to respond to the decreased number of immigrants into Britain from Australia, Canada and New Zealand dropped to less than 30,000 in 2011 compared to 70,000 back in 2004. A Commonwealth-wide business visa system is to be introduced based on the Asian business card which will also include fast-track passport lanes at UK airports. The report also recommended the extending of the Youth Mobility visa to more Commonwealth countries. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.    If you found this information useful, please share 🙂     Visa FirstMore...

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