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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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Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Australia, Migration News |

Australia will Stop Processing Visa Applications from Ebola-infected Countries

The Australian government will not process visa applications from West African countries to prevent the virus from crossing its borders. The Immigration program, including the humanitarian program will be temporary suspended for Ebola-infected countries. This means no applications will be processed from these countries. All permanent visa holders who haven’t arrived in Australia yet have been required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period prior to departure to Australia. All non-permanent or temporary visa applications would be cancelled. Only people who have already been granted humanitarian visas will be able to travel to Australia but would need to do three health checks before departure and also do screening on arrival. Australia has committed $18 million in funds to fight the disease. 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 Oct 24, 2014 in Australia, Migration News, Work & Holiday |

Israel is the Latest Country to Sign a Work and Holiday Agreement with Australia

This agreement will give the opportunity to 500 young Israelis and Australians age between 18 and 30 to enter each others country on a work and holiday visa. The successful candidates should meet the age requirements and have no children travelling with them. They can travel and work temporary for a year, provided that the job lasts no longer than six months with any employer. Young people from both countries will also be able to undertake short term study on this visa. The Australian Work and holiday scheme is built on the principle that global experience builds global citizens, so it’s a great way to encourage the culture-exchange between both countries. Both Australia and Israel will work together over the coming months to bring this visa into effect. 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 Oct 22, 2014 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Study Abroad, United Kingdom |

Studying Abroad – A Complete Guide

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience and probably one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Top 6 Reasons to Choose Studying Abroad? It’s an opportunity to get to know other cultures. It’s an opportunity to travel a lot. It’s an opportunity to better learn a language. It’s an opportunity to gain life experience. It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself and to widen your horizon. It’s an opportunity to develop valuable career skills. How to prepare for studying abroad? You need to start with the first and may be most important step: choosing the right study abroad program! You’ll need to pick the country and the city you want to study in. Then you need to pass the required tests to enrol there. Once you get enrolled, you need to ask for an official admission letter, which you’ll need for your visa. Once you’ve done this, you need to prepare yourself for your destination country. Make a bucket list with at least 10 things you need to do before leaving your city, read information about the city, the weather, any social and sport clubs, libraries, restaurants, cinemas etc. Student Visas Once you have the enrolment letter in your hands, you can think of the appropriate visa you’ll need. Contact VisaFirst to get a free assessment fast and hassle-free. Australian Student visa Australia is a key destination for international students. The country is the third most popular destination after the US and the UK. Australia receives 20 times more international students than the number of Australian students who choose to study abroad. The Australian study visa allows you to study full time and to work part time for up to 20 hours a week. You need to be enrolled in an institution that is registered with the Australian government. You can enter Australia one month before the course starts and you also have one month to leave the country after your course ends. You can bring your spouse and/or dependent children on your student visa and they have the same rights as yourself. There’s no age...

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