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Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Backpacking, Living Abroad |

What You Should Know Before Travelling to Australia

 Look at these simple tips and be prepared for the mysterious land Down Under! The sun is stronger in Australia. It’s good to be prepared unless you want to burn out badly. The traffic flow is on the left-hand side of the road but vehicles with the drivers’ controls on either the left or the right are lawful. If you think there are kangaroos walking on the streets and everywhere else, you are wrong. You can find them ‘in the bush’ if you travel inland. Don’t believe the weather forecasts in Australia and be prepared for everything. If you want to sound Australian, shorten your words and add a ‘y’ to everything you say. Capsicum means pepper in Australia. Have this in mind when you go to the grocery stores. Coins are more relevant Down Under because some of them are worth 1 or 2 dollars. So, do not disregard coins in your wallet – you might be richer than you thought. Koalas have pouches as well as any other mammals in Australia except for dingoes – a fact that you should know before heading Down Under. You can find pies at every chain café but Australian pies are not made of fruit. They are filled with meat and very delicious but they are not sweet.  Australian Football and Rugby actually replace Football. So, make sure you know the rules because they are much more complicated.  Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Migration News |

5,000 Irish got Australian Permanent Resident Visa in 2013

A report of the Australian Immigration shows a serious increase of the skilled migrant visas granted to Irish skilled people. About 5,000 Irish people became permanent residents in Australia in 2013. This includes approx. 1,650 family members accompanying them Down Under. The largest percent of these people is qualified accountants, engineers, nurses, electricians, carpenters and joiners. This report also shows that Irish guys prefer Western Australia and New South Wales as initial destinations to settle down. Last year, about 12,000 Irish got their first year working holiday visa, and another 11,000 skilled people got a temporary work visa. In comparison to the above, about 500 Irish, one third of them professionals left Australia for good last year. Half of them were planning to return back to Ireland. Because of the Australia’s favourable economic conditions, more and more Irish skilled people are making their minds to start a new life there. According to this report, Irish consider Australia as the third most desired country for permanent residency after the UK and USA. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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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 Jun 12, 2013 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Guest Posts |

Moving from the UK to Australia – What you need to know

Changing the dreary weather conditions of England with its gale-force wind-swept beaches for the golden beaches of Australia with clear blue water and hot weather can seem like a no-brainer. The outdoors lifestyle and beautiful scenery offered by Australia has meant that the number of people making the move from the UK to Australia has been a regular occurrence. However, before you move Down Under, here are a few points on the most important things you need to know before going. Finances Having a healthy credit rating is important as you begin to start your new life abroad, although it is important to check with your card provider if your credit rating will follow you abroad. To check your credit rating go on to your banks website, or alternatively check it out here. Research international credit cards which allow free cash withdrawals abroad or consult your bank in the UK who might be able to advise you or provide information on the services they offer in Australia. Your credit rating and history can often be required as evidence when applying for your visa and therefore ensure that it is as healthy as possible. Prepare a Budget Prepare a budget and pay off any of your existing debts, making sure to arrive in Australia with money in your back pocket. Moving to the other side of the world and setting up your new life will incur a heavy initial cost as you pay deposits on your accommodation, kit out your apartment or house and generally get settled, not forgetting the cost of a one-way airfare to Australia. Visas Investigate your visa options and begin preparing your application process earlier rather than later as some visas can take up to 2 years to be granted. There are a variety of visas available for people moving to Australia permanently with the main categories being skilled independent migration, employer nomination scheme, business migration and retirement visas. Accommodation Whether you investigate housing or rental prices online or whilst on one of your scouting trips to Australia, make sure to check out the market thoroughly....

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Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Australian Immigration, Success Stories |

State Sponsored Visa Granted for Derek in Melbourne!

Who are you? I’m Derek Doyle, this is my wife Catriona Doyle & our little boy Sam Doyle Ages: 35, 36, 2 What do you do? I’m a Manufacturing Engineer Where do you come from and where are you now? We traveled from Galway to Melbourne. Why did you want to live in Australia? We wanted a better lifestyle for our family with better job prospects. How is the job search going? I have an interview on Friday and another one on Monday; hopefully they will be what I’m looking for.  I initially wanted a job before I left, maybe I should have looked but it actually worked out for the best, when we got here there was a lot to do to get the house set up and my family settled.  I’m ready for work now! Were you very familiar with Australia before you left? We had been to Brisbane for 2 weeks, short time but we got a feel for the place and loved it.  We new we would come back.  We were not firmiliar with Melbourne but love it here too! What is your story from when you first left the UK to where you are now? We left Ireland Jan-2013 and stayed at an airport hotel the 1st night,  then at Wantirna caravan park for 4 weeks while we arranged a rental house, this took longer than we thought. What was the delay with getting a house? We were not that familiar with the rental process here, you need references from past landlord, if your not working you have to show evidence of finance, there is a process that you need to be approved by the landlord before he will rent to you, its probably because I wanted a decent house for the lads, I imagine renting a room on my own would not have been as detailed… What were the costs of migrating? Visa Process was approx €6k this included all government fees; processing fee was €2500.  Shipping Items over was approx €5k.  Flights were €1.5k.  Initial accommodation was approx €1k. Household appliances...

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Posted on Apr 22, 2013 in Australian Immigration, Success Stories |

Successful State Sponsorship visa: Gary

You want to go to Australia, but still you don’t know what it’s like and what to expect when you get over. Get some real life experience from a client of ours who has recently moved down there. Meet Gary, who has settled in Australia on his skilled Migration Visa. Gary moved to Perth, Western Australia about a month ago with his partner Linlin and their 1y old child Freddy. Who are you and what do you do? I’m Garry and this is my partner Linlin and my little lad Freddy. I’m a Plasterer and Linlin is an Accountant. Can we ask how old? Sure, Im 31, Linlin is 27 year and little Freddy here has just turned 1 and today got his 12 month shots today- he’s not too happy with Australian doctors today! Why did you move? Way more opportunities for plasterers than in Ireland and the weather. Were you very familiar with Australia before you left? No, I was never here before, and we were a bit nervous. Why Perth? I wanted to get my visa as fast as possible, Debbie from advised that the states sponsored applications were currently top of Australian immigration priority listing, Plasters were on Perth Skill shortage list – so we went to Perth! I had friend there also who told me work was good! What is your story from when you first left Ireland to where you are now? Two friends of mine met me at the airport and sorted out our accommodation for the first few nights. I didn’t have a job lined up when I left Ireland so that was my first priority when we arrived. As luck would have it I got the first job I applied for, and am still working with the same employer, plenty of work on. Once I was working we looked into renting a house and it took about 2-3 weeks to find what we were looking for. I wanted a lawn and space. We had to furnish it with electrics and furniture; I purchased most of my furniture online and...

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Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Guest Posts |

Potential Reasons for Australian Student Visa Refusal

The decision to study abroad for a time period is one that a growing number of students make, and some of them elect to go to Australia. Student visas generally need to be procured. What are some of the reasons that they might be denied? Past Problems/Issues While many individuals really want to study in Australia, others exist who are just looking for an easy way to get there. They have no plans to actually attend school, and they might have conned their way into other countries before. If this case is the one present, then it’s quite possible that the application will be denied (Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship). The person will be unable to continue participating in these dishonest acts and plans. The Requirements According to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, a few other requirements exist to be allowed to obtain a student visa. Some of these include financial requirements for the costs associated with studying, a demonstrated proficiency in the English language and successful completion of the GTE. The GTE stands for the Genuine Temporary Entrant. In order to be admitted into the country, the student will have to successfully complete this requirement. If any of the aforementioned requirements are not completed, then the person might be refused a the usage of a student visa to come into Australia. Improper Documents When you are applying for a student visa, you are going to have to submit a lot of documents. Some people include information that is not quite accurate. They might do so because they are trying to sneak their way into Australia, or the inclusion of such material might be a genuine accident. In any case, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship notes that such an application will likely be denied. If you just include the wrong information by mistake, find out if it is possible for you to apply again. Of course, you want to check the application over multiple times before you actually submit it. What to Do Now that we have covered the reasons that...

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