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Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Australia, Migration News |

Australian Migration Trends

The Australian immigration policy has changed significantly during the last 20 years.  One of the main shifts is turning the focus from the family and humanitarian migration to economic migration. Working Holiday Makers and Students As of July this year, there were approx. 160,000 working holiday makers in Australia, 40,000 of whom applying for a second year visa. While there are no restrictions on the type of work done under the 1st Working holiday visa, you need to have completed three months specified work (construction work including) in regional Australia while on your first year Working Holiday visa in order to qualify for the Second Working holiday visa. The rough number of people on a student visa in Australia in the mid of the year was 300,000. International students are usually allowed to work up to 40 hours, in any job in Australia. 457 visa holders and migrants Another major shift in the migration program was introduction of routes for temporary workers to be sponsored by Australian employers for up to 4 years, mainly through the Australian Sponsorship visa, subclass 457. Although the Government releases a list of approved occupations for temporary migrants, which is updated once a year, it’s actually the business that determines the skills shortages and requests what occupations to be included on that list. That has caused recently an over-supply of some skilled occupations on the labour market. Also, it’s very popular to get skilled migrant visa while you are on a sponsorship visa, so a large number of permanent residents are coming to a great extent from the private sector. Work visa for low skilled workers It’s been discussed recently that the work conditions under the various visa types in Australia are not clearly determined as working holiday makers and students are not officially considered ‘work’ visa holders but they are in fact participants on the labour market. A possible solution for making migration policy clearer on this is introducing a visa option for low and semi-skilled migrant workers, again, after careful consideration of the local job opportunities and trends. For more information, visit our...

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Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Migration News |

5,000 Irish got Australian Permanent Resident Visa in 2013

A report of the Australian Immigration shows a serious increase of the skilled migrant visas granted to Irish skilled people. About 5,000 Irish people became permanent residents in Australia in 2013. This includes approx. 1,650 family members accompanying them Down Under. The largest percent of these people is qualified accountants, engineers, nurses, electricians, carpenters and joiners. This report also shows that Irish guys prefer Western Australia and New South Wales as initial destinations to settle down. Last year, about 12,000 Irish got their first year working holiday visa, and another 11,000 skilled people got a temporary work visa. In comparison to the above, about 500 Irish, one third of them professionals left Australia for good last year. Half of them were planning to return back to Ireland. Because of the Australia’s favourable economic conditions, more and more Irish skilled people are making their minds to start a new life there. According to this report, Irish consider Australia as the third most desired country for permanent residency after the UK and USA. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Australia, Work & Holiday |

Reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement between Poland and Australia

Poland is the latest country to join the reciprocal work and holiday visa program with Australia. Thus, Polish and Australian young people aged 18-30, can now travel to each other’s country under this program. The places available are 200 for each country per year. Poland joins a number of countries included currently in the work and holiday visa such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey, The USA and Uruguay. For more information about the work and holiday program check www.visafirst.com Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your  visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 4, 2014 in 2 year Australian Working Holiday visa, Australia, Australia Working Holiday, Backpacking, Migration News, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

The Conditions under the Australian Working Holiday Visa to be revised

Today, the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman announced that the conditions under the Working Holiday 417 visa are going to be revised because of some allegations that the working holiday makers are used as a free labour in regional areas. The working holiday 417 visa is granted to people under 31 to holiday and work in Australia for up to 2 years. Those who want to qualify for the second year working holiday visa, need to provide a proof that they’ve been undertaking work in a regional area and in certain industry for 88 days during the first year. The review of WHM visa will check the issues reported in the specific regions where many workers take temporary job. There were about 2000 requests for help from working holiday makers in the last 2 financial years addressing underpayment in sectors like hospitality, accommodation, agriculture, forestry and fishing. In addition, the Australian Fair Work undertakes investigations in other sectors known to hire a significant number of overseas workers such as horticulture, cleaning and retailing. The purpose of the current review of WHM visa is to ensure all those who work in Australia are treated fairly and that all overseas workers have the same rights as any other worker in Australia.   Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your working holiday visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in Australia, Backpacking |

Tips for Backpackers

Going to Australia on a working holiday visa is not like a walk in the park. You might need to consider a few things beforehand. Look at the tips below: 1. Don’t try to organize everything too far in advance. It’s not needed to buy all possible guidebooks and to carry them along with you all the time. 2. Keep in touch. With so many internet cafes and handheld devices, you can Skype and Twitter from almost anywhere in the world. Remember when you are thousands of miles away from home, you should not stay off the grid for a long time. You can get an Australian mobile number before you go so you can give it to family and friends. 3. Be alert! Fear is never good, but it’s no harm to beware of anything or anyone suspicious. 4. Keep your valuables at home. No need to bring your favourite jewellery when backpacking. Don’t take anything that you will really miss, you only need to have the basics on hand. 5. Keep track of all local emergency numbers. Here are some of the important emergency contacts that you may need: local police and fire stations, local hospital, local cab company. 6. Once you are ready with everything else, it’s time to pack your baggage. Some useful pointers to make it easier: – Don’t forget your passport and tickets! – Safety first! The safest weight for a backpack is a third of your body weight. – Try to keep your luggage to a minimum. Take only the stuff that is most important to you, anything else you can buy it in Australia. – Check your baggage limit – if over the limit, you’ll be charged extra. – If you travel with a mate, you may pack half your clothes in their bag and carry half of their luggage yourself. This is just a prerequisite measure in case one of the bags is lost. – Put your checks separate from your visa cards. This will ensure you have limited cash in case you’re the victim of theft or lose an...

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Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration |

Why Choose Regional Australia?

 If you think of Regional Australia as a remote and isolated place, you are wrong! The face of Regional Australia has been changed now. The sustainability and future of Australia rely on the development of the regional areas. Rural Australia is a home for more than a third of Australian populations and generates 2/3 of its net export from regional industries such as tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. Major sectors of national economy such as energy, resources and primary industries are based in regional Australia. More and more people are attracted by the healthier, safer and friendlier environment and lifestyle in rural areas. 7 million people of Australian population, live outside state and territory capital cities. What are the major benefits of choosing rural areas of Australia? – Country people pay less taxes than city people do. The reason for this is because the income in rural areas is generally lower and there are a higher proportion of retired people. – Housing is significantly less expensive in rural areas and it may vary from a typical country house to a city-style street frontage. – There’re a lot of job vacancies in most of the rural areas in the country. – Regional Australia is an option taken by many international students. There are numbers of educational institutions where you can take advantage of great lifestyle, personalized university approach and additional opportunities for migration. – If you think of getting a permanent residency while your studies are over or after you gain some work experience in regional Australia, you may claim extra points based on this.   If you are interesting in moving there on migration, work or study in regional Australia, contact VisaFirst for a free assessment! Visa FirstMore...

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