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Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Australia, Living Abroad, Migration News |

A Retrospection of Australian Food

Given that Australia is a multi-cultural society, nobody is surprised how rich and various Australian food is. In the early colonial days, menus included seafood, native vegetables, fruits and nuts. You may have heard of some Australian some native fruit such as lilly pillies, rosellas or hibiscus, wild raspberries native currants, quandongs etc. With the influence of the European, US and Chinese newcomers, Australians developed the taste to Chinese food and new spices, especially in the port cities. Since early 1900, at the time of Australian Federation, the era of the picnics came, leading to Australian great tradition of barbequing. There’s nothing more Australians than picnic on the open with family and friends. With the innovations later on came new recipes. New terms such as ‘billy of tea’, Anzac biscuits and vegemite spread were added to Australian vocabulary at that time. With the new migrant flow at the end of the Second World War, Australian food was influenced by new styles mainly Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and African. So, what’s the most famous Australian food today? Anzac Biscuits – associated with the Anzac Day (April 25), these biscuits were made by wives during the war and sent to soldiers. The ingredients of the biscuits were well able to keep for a long time. Pavlova – there was a severe competition on the origin of this dessert between Australia and New Zealand for many years. Both countries claim to have invented it and named it after the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. And even if it was finally proven that it belongs to New Zealand, Aussies proudly call it Australian food. It’s a dessert that has crisp crust and a soft inside, decorated with cream and fresh fruit. Vegemite spread – The Vegemite spread is a dark brown, yeast-based spread that was invented by a Melbourne scientist as a way to use the yeast left from beer production. Meat pies – nowadays, the meat pie has many variations, often served with mashed potatoes and gravy. This is a traditional meal for every party, sporting event etc. Lamingtons – called the ‘National...

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Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in Australia, Migration News, United Kingdom, Working Abroad |

More Aussies will be Allowed to Live and Work in Great Britain

New visa will give more Australians the opportunity live and work in Great Britain. A new visa deal was being trashed out in response to the migration changes that the British government did two years ago whereby 20,000 skilled people were prevented from applying outside the EU. This has caused a significant drop of 50% less Australians coming to work in the UK. The British Government was concerned that if they make an exception for Australia, it would have to make exception for other Commonwealth nations as well, but Australia insisted to be treated in a special way because of its status and relationship with Great Britain. It was really strict for Aussies to enter the UK and the current British visa system was often called ‘discriminating against Australians’. It is expected that the new policy will be completed for review by a parliamentary committee by the end of this year. 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 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 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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