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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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Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia |

Streamline Processing of 457 Visas Next Year

The Australian government announced changes on two visa programs taking effect next year – the sponsorship visa (subclass 457) and the investor visa. Sponsorship visa (457 subclass) Generally, it should become easier for the business to hire overseas workers on a sponsorship visa. The processing of all three parts – sponsorship, nomination and visa applications will be streamlined and the focus will be on monitoring strictly the high risk applicants and giving more credit to the low risk applicants. The pay rates and the work conditions remain the same as well as the minimum salary of AU$53,900 ensuring that foreign workers are paid at least the Australian market rates. The minimum wage amount might be reviewed in the next two years. The English language requirement will be more flexible depending on the industry and occupation of the applicant. The sponsorship approvals will extend from 12 to 18 months for start-up businesses. The idea is to help Australian business find qualified work force faster as the scheme is too burdensome for the employers at the moment.   Investor Visa The other change concerns the Australian investor visa. Next year, Australia will introduce a new Premium Investor Visa giving residency after one year to those who invest $15 million. This visa program actually exceeds the current Significant Investor Visa (SIV) giving permanent residency to those who invest $5 million in Australia for at least four years. The investment eligibility criteria will be determined by Austrade in accordance to those areas and sectors of higher priority to the Australian economy. For more information, contact VisaFirst.  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 3, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Canadian Immigration, Living Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia is Top Spot for Irish

  More and more young Irish people are jetting off to Canada and New Zealand – but Australia still leads the way as the nation’s favourite immigration destination. Migration Index reveals that Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Wexford are the top five “feeder counties” while construction and engineering are the top two industries bringing the Irish abroad. Our statistics show that Canada is growing in popularity and that 18 – 24 year-olds are the ones most likely to apply for working visa abroad. The figures show an increase in the 18 – 24 age group travelling away for work, whereas the fall in the 25 – 34-year-olds  travelling could be accounted for by the fact that people in that age group who have left in the last few years have actually stayed away. The number of people involved in construction emigrating is dropping and is expected to continue to decline over the next few years as the Irish building industry picks up. But although this number in the construction industry will going to fall over the next few years, this industry in places like Australia and Canada continues to grow, so there will always be opportunity for Irish people. We expect a rise in the number of teachers heading off to Canada and Australia. There are currently numerous employment opportunities in this area in Canada, Oz and New Zealand, we believe we’ll see a steady flow of nurses and teachers travelling into 2015.  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 enjoyed this post, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Australia, Backpacking, Europe, Migration News, Work & Holiday |

Portugal and Australia signed an agreement for Work and Holiday Program

The reciprocal youth mobility scheme between both countries was arranged on 25 September 2014.    Once the program is launched, it will allow 200 young people from Australia and around 200 from Portugal to travel in each other’s country with the opportunity to work or study for a short period. Work and holiday visa is different from the Working Holiday visa because applicants should be supported by their government, must speak at least functional English and hold or be studying tertiary qualifications. Eligible young people will be able to apply for this visa once the commencement date is announced.  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 enjoyed this post, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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