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Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Europe, Living Abroad, Migration News |

US H-1B visa update

Recently the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have received sufficient quota of H-1B visa for 2018. The USCIS have received about 200 000 petitions this year compared to the previous year 236 000 it is visible that there is a drop of applicants. The quota was 65 000 for applicants holding bachelor’s degree or similar and 20 000 for holders of US master’s degree or other advanced degree. Until now the process of selecting the visa winners was computer based random selection. Earlier this year the new US President stopped the H-1B visa programme as announced at that time for about 6 months. This decision made a lot of noise in the media and many people and companies were criticizing that political move as unnecessary. Most of the H-1B visa holders are people from Tech and IT industry. Silicon Valley and its Tech companies are the majority of the companies in need of such people. Stopping this programme will cause serious issues not only to certain individuals but to the business as well. The USCIS still accepts petitions for the following situations: To extend the validity of H-1B visa and to secure time to stay in the United States; employment terms change for current H-1B holder; Allow H-1B visa holder to change employers; Allow H-1B holder to work concurrently in a second H-1B position. The most recent news are that the government wants to totally transform this programme from a lottery based to a merit-based system of selecting the best applicants. So far the programme was granting visas on random bases and about 80% of holders were lower payed employees. The reform should provide approach to select applicants that will be the most qualified and skilled people. This way the government will avoid violation of principles of the programme of selecting people that will be paid less and with lower qualifications. More information about US visas Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Europe, Ireland |

Visafirst Parent Company Taxback Group Was Named One of the Best Workplaces for 2017

The annual award Great Place to Work Awards 2017 was held in Clayton Hotel, Dublin. The awards are given to companies with great culture and work ethic. It is important to be mentioned that 70% of the score is generated by the feedback provided from the employees of the nominated companies. The results are summed in the Trust Index Employee Survey. The other 30% of the score are generated by a thorough research made by Great Place to Work of a company-wide Culture Audit. For second consecutive year The Taxback Group is awarded one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces for 2017. Group HR Director, Stephen Hickey said: “We are delighted to have retained this recognition for another year thanks to the Great Place to Work Team and the increased work from all involved throughout the process. While our new Health & Wellbeing Program, new Employee Recognition Program and increased CSR efforts all added to our internal atmosphere, it is the staff who really provide that special ingredient to make this a truly Great Place To Work!” The Great Place to Work organisation is researching and auditing companies in 45 countries globally. The institute is researching and nominating the companies in the following areas – inspiring, hiring, caring, speaking, listening and others. More information about the winners and the event you can find here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2017 in Europe, Ireland, Working Abroad |

The Best Country for Expat Families

When choosing a place to move the first and most important factor to think about is the job. It is of highest priority and influences all other aspects of life abroad. It is very different story when the person is not single and have kids. Many other factors come to the scene to be evaluated and issues to be resolved. Among the top factors is the education of the kids, the safe environment, meeting with the new culture, healthcare and others. In this report for 2016 for the Family Life Index 45 countries took participation. The ranking is based on several factors concerning the good quality of life of the kids and their families. The top factors are childcare and education – availability, options, cost as well as quality. High priority is given to the overall family well-being. The top place is taken by Finland. The top place was secured by the highest results in the survey in the categories for child health, safety and child well-being. In the category for childcare education the country scores very high as well. The majority of the parents /70% / compared to the global average of 21% are satisfied with the quality of the education. The only downside is the lower place/25th/ in the category family life satisfaction in general. The second best in this survey comes Czech Republic. May be surprising for many people but it comes well-deserved. The availability and cost of childcare and education are rated very high. Families have mixed feelings about the quality provided. In regards with the family well-being the result is also moderate. Luckily, the children healthcare is mostly rated positive and 91% of the respondents are satisfied. Third this year is Israel. Securing 3rd place is thanks to the high number of childcare options. Education options and quality are also areas where most parents are satisfied, 84% voted positive. Children healthcare and family well-being are also given positive feedback. Areas where improvement is needed are children safety and family life in general. In top 10 is also Australia (7th). The hot continent is one...

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Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Europe, Ireland, Migration News, United Kingdom |

UAE Visas and The New System Aiming at Qualified Talents

UAE recently announced new entry visa system. The country which is located in the Persian Gulf is globally famous for its natural resources of oil. Last few decades the Emirates are trying to turn this paradise of sand, sun and oil into business and tourism paradise. It obviously works quite well thanks to its rulers. The UAE consists of 7 emirates – Abu Dhabi / which is the capital/, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Having in mind that the oil one they will come to an end the rulers of the country obviously took very wise decision to invest in a future without oil. Everyone knows that Dubai is one of the top global tourist destinations and probably the most spectacular to see. Billions of dollars have been invested and are still going in tourism and amazing architectural forms of art and science. Not so popular is the fact that the rulers are trying to make the country financial and technology hub for the GCC / Gulf Cooperation Council/.   New visa rules According to the Prime minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, there will be several stages. The changes will begin with applying new UAE visa rules for tourism, health and education. The next stage will include changes of rules for visas regarding medicines, science and research. A special committee will be created in order to manage the plan of attracting regional and global talents to build the new future of the UAE. The purpose of those changes is to attract qualified and talented professionals. UAE offers a lot to its expats in terms of professional development and good lifestyle. Good to mention is the very low crime rate which ensures very friendly and secure environment for the foreigners. If you have any questions about the UAE visas contact visafirst.com Information about the UAE visas. More information about this topic click here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, United Kingdom, Work & Holiday |

Top 10 Cities in the World to Find a Job Opportunity.

When considering to move abroad it is important to pay attention to several factors. One of the most important is to find the city where you can find easily a job. Each person has different perspectives and factors to evaluate and prioritize in order to find the right city for his future career. Often people choose the biggest city around. This decision is based on the common understanding that the bigger city offers more opportunities. Something that should be with very high priority when picking the city is what are your qualifications and experience as starting point. Considering that you should look for the proper place and what are the opportunities there and can you fit in this picture. There are many sources of information about the best places for your future job, like job websites and different local newspapers. In this article we will provide you with information based on a research combining 67 factors. Among those factors are – education, technology available to people for better work and life. Infrastructure and transportation which are essential for the daily commute time and ease of life. Health, safe and security are of highly importance as well as demographics and livability. Last but not least is the economic climate. Ease of doing business and cost of living, services and labor are essential here to determine the entrepreneurial potential of the place. In this research the competition is between 30 cities and the ranking is based on their results in the different categories. In this research the top position is for London. Other cities in top 10 are – New York 2nd, Singapore 3rd, Toronto 4th, Sydney 9th. London – The reasons for taking the top position are the fact that the British capitol is home many of the global corporations. Great place for the new technologies used in many sectors like IT, engineering, life sciences etc. Financial hub of Europe, many banks and financial institutions have head offices here. In many occupations like financing, medicine, IT, marketing, sales etc. people employees get one of the best paychecks globally. New York –...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Australia, Europe, Work in Australia, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

Top 5 Most Popular Australian Visas

You might be surprised, but the Australian Working Holiday Visa is not the only option to get to Australia! Australia is one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world together with USA and New Zealand. Each year the government grants a number of visas. For 2015 the number of permanent migration Australian visas was about 190 000. The main purpose of this programme is to support the growing economy, help the need of fresh and qualified workforce and last but not least bring together families of expats. The majority of the people going to Australia, about 70% are skilled migrants and about 30% are people joining their relatives. Among the top countries providing the most visitors to Australia are: 1. India, 2. China, 3. UK. In the top 10 is also Ireland which holds 6th place. There are many different programmes which give the opportunity to visit Australia and here is a list with the most popular Australian visas.   Australian Working Holiday Visa This is one of the most popular visas amongst young people. The Australian Working Holyday Visa gives you the opportunity to visit the country and, have a good time while working and traveling across the continent. You must be from one of the eligible countries aged from 18 to 30. The visa allows you to stay and work for a year. Applicants must have clean criminal record and meet certain requirements. It’s important that all documents are prepared properly by a professional to make sure your application has the best chance of succeeding. This visa has an option for extension, the 2nd Australian Working Holiday Visa which extends the stay for one more year. Australian Sponsorship Visa The Sponsorship visa gives the applicants the right to work and live in Australia for up to 4 years. The most important requirement for the visa is to have a job offer in an eligible occupation from your Sponsor (Authorized company) willing to proceed with your visa and hire you. Common practice is applicants who are on WHV to extend their stay applying for the Australian Sponsorship...

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Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Canadian Immigration, Europe, Ireland, Living Abroad, Migration News, New Zealand immigration, United Kingdom, Work & Holiday |

Top Countries With The Best Reputation. Sweden, Canada, Switzerland Make The Top 3. Australia, New Zealand and Ireland In Top 10.

Having good reputation has become more important than ever in any aspect. This rule applies for companies and big corporations and it becomes big factor for countries as well. In this report are taken into consideration many factors which are building the entire image of a country from – advanced economy and appealing environment to effective government. Those 3 categories include many sectors of business, social, political and economic life of the countries which are important for every person, company or tourist. The leaders in this ranking are 1. Sweden, 2. Canada, 3. Switzerland, 4. Australia, 5. Norway, 6. Finland, 7. New Zealand, 8. Denmark, 9. Ireland, 10. Netherlands. It is clearly visible that 7 countries of top 10 are from Europe. What do they share in common is the highest index of happiness, peaceful and social progressive, great education and healthcare. The top 10 members are pretty stable during the years except Ireland the new member. The main drivers of good reputation are grouped in 3 categories mentioned above. The first category – advanced economy includes aspects like contribution to global culture, high quality products or services, well educated workforce, famous brands, education, technologically advanced. Second category is appealing environment and it includes factors like – beautiful country, appealing lifestyle, enjoyable country, friendly and welcoming. Third and most important group is effective government which includes – safe place, ethical country, responsible participant in global community, effective government, progressive social and economic policies, operates efficiently, favorable environment for business.   For more information about this report click here.     If you are interested in getting tourist visa or business visa for those countries, please visit visafirst.com. Visa FirstMore...

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