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Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Europe, Living Abroad, United Kingdom, Working Abroad |

Brexit and Free Labour Movement in Europe

Recently Europe and European Union faced a big economic and political crisis which echoed globally. The effect over the economies and financial markets was immediate. Billions were lost and the British pound dropped significantly. After all what does it mean and how it will affect the average European citizen his normal life and freedom of traveling in Europe and UK? One of the main concerns for the average person is how he is going to travel and if the immigration processes will be affected after that decision. Inevitably there should be big changes in UK and EU regulations for people traveling to and out of UK. The perfect example for countries not part of EU and free movement of people in EU are Switzerland and Norway. Those two countries are not members of EU but are members of the EU free market and European citizens can freely travel in those countries. The main question is what restrictions for controlling the movement of labour in order to keep UK economy healthy and in the same time limit the number of people entering UK. From business perspective restricting workforce is not going to be the correct decision as this will make the economy less competitive against other economies providing more cost effective models. One thing is sure both EU and UK need to find the right solution to secure safe business and easy movement of people. For more information about Visa requirements visit Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Europe, Tips and Tricks |

Heading to Euro 2016? What You Need To Know About Travelling In France

The biggest ever Euro Championships is taking place in the world’s most popular tourist destination… needless to say, it’s going to be a pretty amazing few weeks for anyone heading to France this summer! Whether you are arriving from one of the European countries playing in the tournament or from further afield, here are some basic tips and advice so your summer 2016 in France is one to remember! Transport Getting to France should be pretty easy for most people. There are so many options: plane, ferry, train and bus services are available for visitors. France is going to be hectic this summer so it’s best to plan and book whatever transport you can well in advance of any journeys you are taking within France. Public transport options and costs may vary from city to city so make sure to research local public transport for each city you visit. If you plan on renting a car, make sure to read up on the rules of the road as they may differ from the rules you are used to at home. Visas & Passports If you are travelling on passport from an EU country or from Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland you do not need a visa to travel to France. Visa requirements vary for holders of passports from other countries so check with Visa First to see if you need to arrange a visa before you travel to France. All travellers should ensure that their passport is valid and in date and kept secure while in France. Money The Euro is the currency in France so you are sorted if you are travelling from another Euro-zone country. However, credit cards are widely accepted so if you don’t fancy getting cash converted or having a wallet full of notes and coins, bring your cards with you. Language Parlez-vous français? Even if the answer is a resounding “non”, try to fit in few French words here and there. A “merci” and “s’il vous plait” will go a long way. There are also many language apps and online resources so asking for directions,...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Australia, Backpacking, Europe, Migration News, Work & Holiday |

Portugal and Australia signed an agreement for Work and Holiday Program

The reciprocal youth mobility scheme between both countries was arranged on 25 September 2014.    Once the program is launched, it will allow 200 young people from Australia and around 200 from Portugal to travel in each other’s country with the opportunity to work or study for a short period. Work and holiday visa is different from the Working Holiday visa because applicants should be supported by their government, must speak at least functional English and hold or be studying tertiary qualifications. Eligible young people will be able to apply for this visa once the commencement date is announced.  Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.  If you enjoyed this post, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 9, 2014 in Europe |

60 000 new asylum seekers reach the EU borders

According to the EU Border Agency – Frontex a record number of immigrants have reached the border of the Union both by sea and foot during the first half of 2014. The migrants have travelled via eight main migration routes, the most popular being the Central Mediterranean route which brings migrants by boat from North Africa to the Italian island of Lampadusa. Almost half of the incoming immigrants are entering the route from Lybia to Lampedusa Italy. Lampedusa is Italian territory, but it is located 112 km the coasts of Lybia. Almost 25 000 immigrants have used the route in order to enter EU in 2014. The second most popular route is the Eastern Mediterranean which brings immigrants from Turkey by foot. Asylum seekers, who choose this path enter EU through various methods. Some may come by boat to the GreekIslands. Others will cross the Black Sea into Romania and Bulgaria. Frontex estimates that nearly 6,000 migrants have used this route so far in 2014. According to the international law, once they enter a particular country, immigrants cannot be expelled, without their asylum applications being reviewed. The Italian government has already seen increasing costs of protection the country’s water borders. The main reason for the upsurge is the continued violence in Syria. The Syrian civil war has continued for three years. Thousands have been killed and millions have been displaced. The UNHCR says that almost three million people have been displaced. Many of those people are living in immigrant camps in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. A large people of people, however inevitably escapes from there and enters EU in order to search for a better life.   Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 4, 2014 in Europe |

Germany becomes one of the most popular immigration destinations

Germany has slowly become one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world overtaking such countries as United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Data released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed a near 40% increase in immigration to Germany in 2012. The strong German economy, combined with a 5,1% of unemployment – more than half of the European average has been seen as a major pulling factor for many prospective immigrants. Around 75% of the immigration is made from people that come from other EU countries and do not need neither work nor residence permits in order to live and have a job in Germany. Despite the fact that the statistics shows that most of the immigrants that come in Germany are employed and are better qualified than the average of the population, the generous benefits system is also attract decent amount of people. Successive waves of EU expansion to countries such as Bulgaria and Romania, where gross domestic product per capita is about 50% below the EU average, have stoked concerns about benefit tourism in Europe. This has led to the rise of some euroskqeptic sentiments in the country. The AfD (Alternative fur Deutschland) party, for example wants Germany to leave the Eurozone and the common currency to be abolished. The Afd party has received around 6% of the vote in the recent European Parliament elections and has managed to send a member in the European Parliament.  Unlike many countries in Europe where the economic crisis has weighed on the political climate, Germany has been spared some of the more virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric of antiestablishment parties elsewhere, thanks to its economic resilience, political analysts say. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your foreign Visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 26, 2014 in Europe |

Anti-immigrant parties post strong gains in Euro elections

Euroskeptic and anti-immigrant parties have posted strong gains on the last weekend European elections. Their victory was so resounding that many mainstream French politicians likened the results of the elections to a political earthquake. Voters in 21 of the EU’s 28 nations went to the polls Sunday, choosing lawmakers for the bloc’s 751-seat legislature. The other seven countries in the bloc had already voted in a sprawling exercise of democracy that began Thursday in Britain and the Netherlands. The far right National Front in France has won 25% of the vote or around 4 million voters. The National Front is similar to many other anti-EU parties in that, that it promotes anti-immigrant policies and euroskeptic political agenda. In Greece the far-left anti-European party Syriza managed to win 25% of the vote and to become the leading political force in the country. In addition to that the extreme-right Golden Dawn also managed to win three seats as well. Even in Germany which has been traditionally the most pro-European countries, the extreme parties managed to gain voters. The neo-Nazi party NPD will send one MEP in Brussels. Pro-European parties “have to take very seriously what is behind the vote,” said Martin Schulz of the Socialist group in parliament. Having taken into account the rising trend of anti-EU sentiment many of the Europe leaders will meet in order to discuss what kind of changes should be implemented in the structure of the European Union, so that it reflects better the attitudes and the desires of the European people. Many politicians have argued that more power should be handed from Brussels back to the national governments. Despite the success of the anti-establishment politicians, the pro-EU parties are still in majority. Totally they gain two-thirds of the vote and will be able to for a working pro-EU majority. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 22, 2014 in Europe |

Germany becomes the second most popular immigration destination in the world

The last statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that Germany is becoming one of the most popular immigration destinations. During 2014 it is only behind the United States. The OECD published a copy of its information leaflet Migration Policy Debates on 20th May 2014. It shows that Germany has moved from 9th most popular immigration destination in 2009 to 2nd most popular destination in 2014. United States still remains the most popular destination with more than 1 million immigrants coming every year. The most important contributor to this is the fact that the German economy has survived the global economic crisis which started in 2009 and the employment levels in the country have remained relatively. The number of migrants rose by 38% to 400,000 in 2012. Germany is the largest country and the largest economy in the European Union. Traditionally the government has been opposed to mass immigration, but during the last it has changed its position. The reason for this is that its population is ageing and shrinking. This creates various economic problems such as shrinking productivity and deflations. According to the OECD, one in three people migrating within the EU goes to Germany. Business news site Bloomberg, reports that the German workforce will shrink by 1.5m by 2020 without immigration leaving skills shortages which could cost the German economy dearly. According to Ernst & Young, skills shortages are already costing German business €31bn each year. At the same time however Bloomberg reports that many German companies consider hiring abroad for too expensive. In addition to that more than 30% of the German companies think that sourcing employees from abroad is too complicated as well. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your German Visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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