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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 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 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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Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad |

Living in Australia After Graduation

If your study in Australia is near to its end and if you are not ready to leave Australia just right now, then you have no other choice but stay and look for a job! There are a number of options for those of you seeking a job in Australia. Job Opportunities for Graduates in Australia There are a lot of job opportunities for graduates from tertiary universities in Australia. Some of the most popular websites to look for a job are seek.com and gumtree.com where you can find great job vacancies for international students. Another option is the local job market. Skilled graduates from Australian universities are in high demand in the country, especially if their English language skills are advanced. A number of industries such as hospitality, health and tech Industries are growing in Australia and there’s a desperate need for skilled workers. Australian Graduate Visa Options Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) To meet the criteria for this visa, you need to be undewr 50 years old and have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from the Skilled Occupation list (SOL). You also need to be in Australia in order to aply for this visa; Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) This visa is for engineering graduates to gain up to 28 months skilled experience in Australia. To be eligible you need to be under 31 and in the last 2 years you have completed an engineering degree at one of the universities recognized by the immigration authorities. Cost of Living As a young working professional you need to have a clear idea of the cost of living in Australia. Those who have already lived in Australia as students might be aware that the salaries are good but the daily expenses are pretty high in Australia too. Cost of Living in Australia, 2015 Source: Numbeo.com Markets Avg. Milk, (1 liter) 1.47 A$ Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.84 A$ Rice (1kg) 2.93 A$ Eggs (12) 4.65 A$ Cheese (1kg) 9.68 A$ Chicken Breasts (1kg) 11.03 A$ Apples (1kg) 4.19 A$ Oranges (1kg) 3.70 A$ Tomato (1kg) 4.68 A$ Potato (1kg) 2.96 A$ Lettuce (1 head) 2.43 A$ Water...

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Posted on May 18, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Migration News, Work in Australia |

How to Get Your Trade Qualifications Recognised in Australia?

There is a number of Australian visas  requiring recognition of your overseas trade qualifications in order to meet the Australian standards. We’ve summarized below some of the most frequently asked questions everyone is interested in: Do I actually need skills assessment before I get my Australian skilled migrant visa? Yes, you do need it. In order to make a valid visa application, you need to nominate an occupation from the SOL list and obtain a skilled assessment in that occupation from an authorised Assessing body in Australia. Where do I go to get my overseas skills assessed? Unfortunately, there’s no one particular authority in Australia that assesses all overseas qualifications. In fact, there are many government bodies and it depends on your occupation which assessing body you will need to go through. Here is an example: the Trades Recognition Australia issues skills assessments for migration purposes in most trades. In order to qualify you need to provide a Trade Certificate and prove at least 3 years formal apprenticeship outside Australia plus at least 3 years work experience in the trade after apprenticeship completion. Apart from this, in order to meet the requirements for your Skilled Migrant visa application, you should have been in paid employment for at least 12 months of the last 18 months prior to visa lodgement. As you can see, criteria are tough, but this because you need to prove you can undertake all the work performed by a tradesperson in Australia in the same trade. What if I don’t have trade qualifications? Can I still get recognized in Australia? If you are skilled worker but you don’t have any papers or qualifications from your country, you get apply for a Recognition prior Learning, which is a simple way to get assessment based on your work experience and skills that you have developed “on the job”. You just need to prove you have at least 3 years general trade experience, or 2 years work experience along with skills and knowledge in an associated field. And you need to provide evidence to confirm you’ve been regularly employed...

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Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Work in Australia |

What’s New on the Australian 457 Business Sponsorship visa?

There are few changes on the 457 Business Sponsorship Visa that came into effect recently. 1. English Language Requirement. Although the Government didn’t support expanding the list of nationalities exempt from English language test, there are still good news. In addition to IELTS and OET, the Australian government starts accepting TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE and Cambridge CAE certificates as part of your visa application. These are the minimum required scores for 457 Sponsored Visa: IELTS – overall average score of 5, a minimum score of at least 4.5 in each band (while you needed a minimum of 5 before.) OET – “B pass”for all four components TOEFL – total of 36 points, at least 3 in Listening and Reading and at least 12 in Speaking and Writing Cambridge English: Advanced – Average score of 154, with minimum of 147 in each band Pearson Test of English (Academic) – Average of 36 points, with minimum of 30 in each band. Also, another change is that you are exempt to English language testing if you’ve completed at least 5 years of study at the secondary or tertiary level. The study is not needed to be continuous and without breaks as it was before. 2. Minimum salary for exemption from market rate salary requirements was reduced from $250,000 to $180,000. 3. Your Employer has now a longer period provided to notify the Immigrations on any changes concerning the visa or the job. This period has been extended from 10 to 28 days. The Australian Immigration is trying to strengthen the integrity of the Sponsorship program, making some of the requirements more flexible. It is expected that this visa route will be further amended – the process will be simplified and the approval periods will be increased. All these should take effect before the end of 2015/2016. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visa options you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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