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Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Australia |

Have you been to Australia? What do you miss the most?

Various Cuisine – Australians don’t have their own cuisine but you can eat just whatever you want Down Under. You can try meals from all continents which is not possible anywhere else in the world. Sporting Events – What Australians are really proud of is organizing sporting events. In Australia, opposite to many other countries, people sit close to each other and it’s still safe and friendly. The weather – The weather in Australia is just perfect. Repeating this again and again might be boring but just think of the weather in Alaska?   Lack of Bureaucracy – Everything works smooth and seems perfectly organized in Australia – from the train tickets to the post deliveries and travel visas.   Outdoor Lifestyle – Because of its lovely climate Aussies have very active outdoor lifestyle enjoying the sun and the beaches, different kind of sports activities, BBQs and picnics. Large Living Space – Australia is the 6th largest continent in the world with only 23 million population and because of this there’s more room for people to live in. Friendly people – Aussies are extremely friendly to newcomers. Part of the reason is that people do have more room to live in, much less traffic on the roads and low crime rate throughout the whole country. Australia is definitely a great place to live and if you ask the majority of the Aussies they will agree with this. So, what do you like the most from the above? Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Australia |

Australian manages to reduce illegal immigration on boats

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has announced that his government has managed to beat down the illegal smuggling of people. He has pointed out that during the last six months there were not any illegal immigrants arriving on boats in the country. The last successful people smuggling venture to Australia was on 19 December 2013. Over the same six month period in 2012/2013 under the previous government, a total of 190 boats with 12,773 people on board illegally arrived in Australia, more than a boat a day. According to Abbot the crackdown on illegal people smuggling is delivering huge financial benefits to the government. It saved already more than two billion dollars from the Australian taxpayers. It has also led to the closure of more than 10 detention centers. In addition to that the number of children who are living in detention centers has been also reduced with one-third. Abott said that the best way to limit the number of children in the detention centers is to reduce the incoming illegal immigrants at first place. In addition to that he pointed out that the Operation Sovereign Borders in helping the government to provide 20 000 resettlement places under the Special Humanitarian Programme. The places are given to those people waiting offshore and who are in desperate conditions. He also pointed out that under the previous government over 800 boats arrived carrying more than 50,000 people, including more than 8,000 children. This resulted in over 1,000 lives lost at sea and $11 billion in budget blowouts. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Australia |

Oz work visa is relaxed for tilers & chefs

IRISH chefs, brickies and tilers will find it easier to migrate to Australia due to government changes, a top visa provider has said. From next month they can all apply for the skilled migrant visa. VisaFirst manager Edwina Shanahan said: “There is still huge demand from Irish wanting to move to Australia to work. “Luckily for them there are lots of skills shortages throughout the country.” Trade Minister Andrew Robb welcomed news about chefs, bricklayers and tilers being added to the list. He said: “This is because of an increase in demand for these occupations as well as a decrease in apprenticeship completions”. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2014 in Australia |

Australia wants to attract more women in the mining industry

The Australian Government want to encourage more women to enter in the country’s mining industry. For this purpose it has set aside a budget of 450 000 Australian dollars. The money is to be used to extend an e-mentoring program, designed to partner up women working in the male-dominated resources industries, often on remote locations like oil rigs, with corporate mentors working in other states and on other projects. The project was created by the Australian Women in Resources Alliance in cooperation with the Australian metals and mining association. According to the statistics, women comprise just 15 percent of the workers in the mining industry. A female engineer born in Chile has explained how working in the Australian mining industry was a dream come true. From the mining town of Calama, close to Chuquicamata, which is one of the largest open pit copper mines in the world, Gladys Rivera explained that her grandfather was a miner and most of family members work in mining as well. After having obtained her qualification as an engineer, she used the Australian Skillselect in order to submit her documents for a job on the Gorgon project which is ont eof te largest natural resource projects in the world. ‘It is a very interesting and challenging experience. Every day we have to face different issues and you have to deal with different circumstances with different people to solve them,’ she said. What she likes in Australia and the town in which she lives is the tranquility that it offers together with the cafes, the discos and the beautiful beaches that are located within a reach. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Australia |

Cantor loss might be connected with his position on immigration

The fact that an anti-immigration, right wing candidate has won the preliminary elections in Virginia might mean that there is no chance that the expected immigration reform will happen soon. The coming November there will be elections for the whole 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Before the actual elections, each party chooses its own candidates through preliminary elections. On Tuesday 10th June 2014, Eric Cantor, the most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, was defeated in a primary election in Virginia by a right-wing challenger, Dave Brat. Mr Brat is a supporter of The Tea Party, a right-wing faction opposed to ‘big government’, high taxes and immigration. The victory surprised a lot of people in Washington. Mr Cantro who was seen as the primary contender got just 45 of the vote while mr Brat received 55%. The victory of Brat happened despite the fact that Cantor was the favourite. He has raised 2 million for his campaign, while Brat raised just 200 000 USD. Many commentators think that the willingness of Cantor to make deal with democrats about the immigration reform might have cost him the victory. Brat on the other hand, positioned his campaign against Cantor and attacked his intention of giving amnesty to illegal immigrants by pointing out that given the fact that there are more than 50 000 000 Americans that are in working age and unemployed, it will be a mistake to give an work authorization to those, who have entered the country illegally. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 11, 2014 in Australia |

There will be more opportunities for marketing and engineering professionals in Australia

People who are looking for a new job in Australia during 2014 might have best chances of finding one in the fields of marketing, engineering and operational management. Almost half of the Australian companies expect to increase the number of people employed in their Marketing Department during the second half of the current year. It also says that 42% will increase jobs in engineering and operational management, 37% will create opportunities in their IT and sales departments, 35% in project management and 31% in human resources. The business sentiment in the country is also on the rise. 41% of employers see a more positive economic outlook on the horizon and 66% expect their levels of business activity to increase in the year ahead. The increased confidence on the job markets means that even more candidates will be likely to make a move in their careers during the coming months. This might be viewed as positive new for those business which are searching to expand their economic activity by strengthening their workforce. The Hays Salary Guide shows salary and recruiting trends for over 1,000 roles in 14 locations. It is based on a survey of over 2,500 employers as well as placements made by Hays. Despite the fact that the recent years have been problematic due to the winding down of the mining boom and the slowdown in the house market, employers are now starting to be more positive. As the recruitment activity increases this will create a lot of skill shortages in the Australian economy which will present skilled foreign workers with an opportunity to find many new jobs in the country. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 28, 2014 in Australia |

Australia introduces more options for testing the English proficiency of visa applicants

Applicants that want to receive Australian visa will have more options when it come to proving their English language ability in addition to the options that are currently available.  The increase of choice will affect applications for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, announced that the new changes will came into effect during November 2014, they will be caused by the increasing competition in the English language testing market for visas. ‘Applicants who need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with an English language test score as evidence of their English ability will be able to choose from two additional tests,’ said Cash. The tests that are currently available for all visa applicants are Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic. Another factor that will contribute to the new changes will be that there are limited numbers of places where applicants can sit for those tests. One of the tests that will be added to the current portfolio will include the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).  This test is already being accepted for the student visa programme together with The TOEFL iBT, Pearson and Cambridge tests. The availability of the test will be expanded to other types of visa as well. Those will include temporary and permanent residence and working visas. Visa Applicants that want to take the necessary English test before submitting their visa application from November 2014  should visit the website of the Australian department of Immigration and Border Protection in order to get acquainted with the recent update and with the required minimal test scores. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian Visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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