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Posted on May 12, 2017 in Australia, Australian Immigration |

Changes in Australian Visa Charges

This year the Australian government has made many changes to the Visas and Border control aiming better pool of people entering the country. Recently was announced the changes of Sponsorship 457 visa and Permanent Resident Visa. As part of this new approach a few days ago a change in the Visa Application Charges was announced. It will affect foreign employees as well as Australian employers. Employers will have new charges as the current training benchmarks for employers sponsoring foreign employees will be replaced by Skilling Australians Fund Levy. This change will take effect in March 2018. There will be 2 categories of employers: Business with turnover of less than AUD10 million per year will have to pay: AUD 1200 per visa year for each TSS visa. AUD 3000 per employee on Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Business with turnover of over AUD10 million should pay upfront: AUD 1800 per visa year for each TSS visa. AUD 5000 per employee on Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)   Changes for visa application charges are planned and will be applied from July 1st 2017. About 2% will be the increase of the current first installments VACs. More information about Australian visa find here. Visa FirstMore...

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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 Sep 20, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, New Zealand Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Top Expat Destinations

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey there were named the top countries to live abroad and best places for expats. More than 14 000 people from 174 nations took part in the survey which had to choose the best place amongst 191 countries globally. The main categories which were judged for placing the top countries are as follows. 1. Quality of life, it combines many aspects of life but the most significant considered here are – personal happiness, safety and security, transport, health, leisure. The winner in this category is Taiwan. Second one is – Ease of settling in, which consists of friendliness, feeling welcome, finding friends, language. Here the winner is Mexico. This is the country where people feel very well when stepping the first time and find friends easily. The third one is, personal finance – for many is by far one of the most important aspects for securing your future and the one of their family. Clear leader here is Taiwan followed by Ukraine and Ecuador. China and India are also in top 10. Next category is – working abroad, often this is the driver for moving abroad and it concerns – the career, work-life balance, job security. The best place to work is Luxemburg. Talking about work–life balance the leader here is New Zealand, Australia is also in top 10 here. For information about visas follow the links,  Australian business or tourist visa or New Zealand visa. Family life is the final one – it combines factors like family well-being, availability, quality of education, childcare. Here number one is Finland securing best place for your family. Countries like Australia, Germany, Israel are also in the top 10.   The overall leaders in the survey are: 1. Taiwan, 2. Malta, 3. Ecuador. In top 10 are also countries like...

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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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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 visafirst.com Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 16, 2016 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Working Abroad |

Fort McMurray: Fire & Rescue

For decades, Fort McMurray has been the hallmark of the Canadian energy and natural resources industry, situated in the north of Alberta, Canada. It is a cold industrial city with temperatures rarely reaching above 10 °C. However, Fort McMurray is a big draw for people from overseas or from less economically stable parts of Canada like Newfoundland and Labrador. Fort McMurray is a massively multicultural city, with people moving hoping to find lucrative work in Tar Sands and oil fields. Even as the economy declined and work in the oil industry dried up throughout 2014, 2015 and in to 2016, people from all corners of the world flocked to Fort McMurray. The Burden of the Fort Mac Wildfire On May 1st 2016, the Fort McMurray blaze took hold. With the potential to be more devastating than any economic or financial disaster in the area, the fire in Fort Mac will likely become one of Canada’s biggest and most costly natural disasters. At the time of writing, the fire has been burning for two weeks. Currently no cause has been identified but it is speculated that a drier than usual winter high temperatures in the region led to the wildfire outbreak. Although wildfires are a natural and necessary occurrence, the Fort McMurray Fire has been exceptionally devastating to both the environment and the economy: The wildfire spans more than 2400 square kilometres with smaller hotspots outside the city perimeter; 94,000+ residents were evacuated; 2400 homes and buildings have been destroyed with some areas reporting losses of 70% and 90% of all homes; 530 buildings have been damaged; The oil industry is estimated to lose $760 million worth of production in the month following the outbreak of the blaze; The recovery cost is currently estimated at $9 billion with insurance pay-outs estimated to be between $2.5 and 5 billion; A significant spike in O2 emissions is expected; A general surge in waste , toxicity and water and air pollution. What Comes Next Over the coming months, huge rebuilding operations are set to take place in Fort McMurray. With the extent of...

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Posted on Nov 13, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Travel, Travel Destinations |

7 Top Places to Visit in Perth

Perth is ranked one of the best places to live on the planet and also one of the world’s most sunniest capital city. These are the top 7 places to visit in Perth: 1. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Kings Park and Botanic Garden is often called the green heart of the city. It is located in the top of St. George’s Terrace. The park is one of the most popular destinations among the tourists in Western Australia. There are extraordinary river and city views from the park. With its barbeque and picnic facilities, Kings Park is preferred by families with young children. 2. Perth Cultural Centre The Perth Cultural Centre includes the Western Australian Museum, the Library of Western Australia, the Art Gallery, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre. It is a place to learn new things, get involved in different activities or just enjoy the sunshine. Near to the public transport and adjacent to the Perth central train station, the Cultural Centre is a dynamic and lively public area. 3. Fremantle Harbour Fremantle has recently been named in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016. It is one of Australia’s busiest ports. There’s a great weekend market here with locally grown produce and live music. The streets are full of trendy cafes and bars, musicians and collections of art. Tourists are also attracted by the waterfront at the western end of Victoria Quay as it is open for people to watch the port’s workings. 4. Cottesloe Beach Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s best and most popular beaches. Walking along the coastline, surfing, diving or snorkelling are just a few of all the activities you can enjoy here. In March Cottesloe Beach becomes an open gallery. 5. Rottnest Island  Rottnest Island attracts half a million visitors a year. It is a nature reserve and an idyllic little island offering a range of marvellous white beaches with crystal clear water, bays and coves, reefs and wrecks. 6. Perth Zoo What you can find in Perth Zoo is a diversity of 164 species of animals and a...

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