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Posted on Mar 16, 2015 in Living Abroad |

5 TIPS FOR MOVING ABROAD WITH CHILDREN

  If you plan to relocate abroad and you have kids, you need to discuss this with them long before you take the final decision. Regardless of the circumstances, children of all ages will need preparation. You need to listen to their point as they might have the same fears and expectation as you do. Here are some basic tips to help you smoothly go through this tough period: Prepare your kids for the move. Give them enough time to understand what you are saying and to adapt to the new situation. It will take them a while to get over it, the same as with the adults. Together with your kids, learn about the new place, read books, watch videos or look on the internet to find out more about your new country. Find out information and photos of their new school. Plan the details around moving abroad along with them. Let them participate in decision-making, listen to their opinion, ideas, advice and recommendations. You can even ask them to pack their stuff, such as crayons and toys and put labels on the packs. Organize a farewell party for the kids. Experts think this is very important for children as it’s a gateway between the new life and the old life. Your children need to plan their own goodbyes and to feel like this is a big adventure for them. Some people believe that you can’t really have a good start if you don’t say good-bye properly too. Follow the routine. Children might get really scared if they lose control of their daily routine because regime makes them feel secure. So, if your kid is taking dance classes or some sports, you need to find out where and when to continue doing the same in your new country. Homesickness. Once you arrive in the new country, keep in regular touch with your family members at home. Your children will be very happy to receive postcards, parcels or other items from their auntie or grandma. Keep photos, memories of family events and speak about home culture regularly. Allow your...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Living Abroad, Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration |

A Record Number Migrated to New Zealand in 2014

The net migration gain of 50,922 was almost doubled in 2014 compared to 22,468 from 2013. The number of migrants increased by 16 percent while the departures fell by 18 percent. The ASB Bank Senior economist Chris Tennent-Brown said: “The attractiveness of the New Zealand labour market relative to Australia’s and the rest of the world’s has, and will continue to be a key influence. We will be carefully monitoring migration figures over the coming months before coming to any conclusion about whether net migration inflows are at a peak, and about to return to more normal levels.” Migration peak was mainly due to the increased number of arrivals from India, China and Australia. More than 11,303 arrivals relocated from India and above 9,500 arrivals came from China, which made China the third-largest migrant country. Australia is still the largest source for migrants in New Zealand with more than 23,000 people migrated in 2014. The UK is the second largest source of migrants after Australia although the number of UK arrivals last year dropped down slightly. China, followed by Australia, the US and Germany contributed the biggest annual increase in the number of visitors in 2014. 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 found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Migration News, Working Abroad |

Alberta Provincial Nominee Program Needs More Places

Canada Provincial Nominee Programs are focused on attracting overseas skilled workers to fulfill the local labour market needs and to nominate them for permanent residence. There are two main ways you can immigrate in Canada under the provincial nominee program – as a skilled/semi-skilled worker with a job offer or as a business entrepreneur. Some provinces have additional categories to go. Once you get Provincial nominee approval, you need to apply for permanent residency and the Canadian Immigration makes then the final decision on your visa application. You can migrate with your spouse and dependent children. The quota on the programs is limited and Alberta has been given 5,500 places for skilled and semi-skilled workers for 2014. All places have been fulfilled before the end of the year due to Alberta’s strong economy and the number of temporary work permit holders in the province. Alberta already addressed the issue with the federal government. Ric McIver, Provincial Minister of Jobs said: “We think we are going to be 96,000 workers short by 2023 and most of those [are for] skilled and good-paying jobs.” He also added: “The amount we need will change from year to year, depending on how good the economy is, whether it is up or down,” he said. “Removing the cap seems like a responsible thing to do. The federal government has not officially replied to Alberta’s query. 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 found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration |

Canadian Express Entry Starting in 2015

As Visa First announced earlier this year, the Canadian Immigration introduces Express Entry as of 1 January 2015. This will help the selection of skilled migrants in the country. It is expected that the new program will bring in a lot of improvements to the Canadian Immigration policy, including faster processing, access of applicants from various fields and moving the accent to the quality applications. What is Canadian Express Entry Program? The Canadian Express entry scheme was inspired by the New Zealand immigration program, which was later on adopted by Australia. You document your credentials such as education, qualification and work experience, etc. and express your interest in living and working in Canada. The idea of Express Entry is similar to job hunting through one big organization, Canada federal government that passes your CV and additional documentation to the relevant employers and provinces in Canada. Thus, those applicants with a valid job offer or provincial nomination will be ranked higher and selected first. Main Features of Canadian Express Entry: Express Entry will actually be used to select applicants for three immigration scheme: Federal Skilled worker program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class; Express Entry will also be used to select part of the applicants for Provincial Nominee programs; Once selected from the pool, an application can be processed in six months or less. What are the Benefits of Express Entry? Focus on Your Credentials The main focus of this program is that it gives you the opportunity to emphasize on your credentials and create your own profile highlighting your experience and qualification and not trying to fit it to an existing framework. The benefit here is that you have the freedom to include your credentials that are most relevant to your visa application and thus gain higher ranking. Only Quality of Applications Matters Under the new Express Entry, unlimited number of applications will be accepted and the quality applications will have greater chances, not those first submitted. This means that provinces and employers will be able to select the best professionals regardless of the time their applications...

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Posted on Dec 4, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Working Abroad |

NEW WAVE OF ITALIAN MIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA

Thousands of Italians are trying to escape the economic crisis in their country heading to Australia. The number of Italian migrants is the highest seen in half a century. The previous migration boom was back in 1950-1951 after the World War Two. The number of Italian citizens in Australia on a temporary visa increased by 116% between 2011 and 2013 and this figure is even higher for the period 2013-2014. The most popular visa issued to Italian passport holders between the ages of 18 and 30 is the working holiday visa. The Report of the Immigration Department in Australia showed that the United Kingdom, Germany and France were the countries issued the biggest number of Australian working holiday visas for 2012-2013. 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 found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

OVER 22,000 IRISH MOVED TO AUSTRALIA IN THE PAST 5 YEARS

According to the last Settlement report of the Australian government the exact number of Irish people settled down in Australia in the last five years has reached 22,170. Broke down in figures, this means 4,434 a year, 369 a month and 12 a day, which is a great increase! The number of people classified as skilled migrants is 17,500, while the rest 5,000 are in the country for family reasons. The survey covers the period from Oct 2009 till Oct 2014. Ireland is ranked No 11 out of top 25 migrating countries in Australia. India, China and the UK are the first on the list. 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 found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Nov 12, 2014 in Living Abroad, New Zealand, Working Holiday Visa |

Characteristics of the New Zealand Tax System

Taxation is a complicated and vast subject. Well, it might also be boring. That’s why we summarized everything on the New Zealand taxation here for you all future visitors and prospective migrants. You might be delighted to hear that New Zealand has developed a simple and clear tax system, ranked by the experts as the second most competitive in the world. The first step to take in New Zealand: Get an IRD number You are considered a tax resident in New Zealand if your intention is to spend more than 183 days in the country within a year. So, if you intend to work there, you need to get a New Zealand IRD number. The IRD number is valid for life, i.e. you won’t need a new number if you leave and then return to New Zealand no matter how many years have passed. If you start working without this number, you will be deducted the highest possible rates. It’s good to know that New Zealand has signed mutual tax agreements with many countries to avoid its residents from being taxed twice. You may also qualify for a tax exemption on some of the foreign income, so you should check this once in the country. Tax year in New Zealand starts on Apr, 1st and ends on March, 31st. If you have some income overseas or you arrive in New Zealand in the middle of the tax year, you need to file a tax return. Most of the newcomers do in their first year in the country. Biggest Advantages of the New Zealand tax system: No payroll tax in New Zealand No Social Security tax No Inheritance tax No state or local taxes. Only the property rates are levied by local authorities. No gain tax (it applies only to some particular forms of investments) No health care tax (there’s only a very low levy for New Zealand accident compensation scheme). Four year Tax concession on the overseas investment income and pensions for the first years of residency in New Zealand.  What are New Zealand tax rates like? The highest...

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