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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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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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