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Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Living Abroad, Travel, Working Abroad |

Working and Living Abroad – A Complete Guide

Today the world has become a global village and we are all free to choose where to live, study or work. Although it’s usually a rewarding experience, living abroad might be stressful if you haven’t considered all risks and responsibilities in advance.   Make a Research Before you buy a ticket or accept a job offer from an employer abroad, you should think of the safety and security issues in your destination country; the economic and political situation there, cultural and climate peculiarities as well as health and educational systems. This will help you determine the social environment you’ll be living in, and prevent you from an isolation. Also, try to calculate your costs abroad – the cost of living in your host country, how much you’ll need to spend on shipping, accommodation or tuition, take into account all duties, taxes and fees you’ll need to pay there. First Steps to Take – Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months – Start preparing your paperwork. Roughly, you’ll need to prepare the following items:    valid passports and other identity documents for you and your accompanying family members    birth certificates for yourself and your dependants    marriage certificate or evidences of a de-facto relationship    trade or professional certificates and diplomas    bank accounts, payslips, employment reference letters from previous employers    up-to-date CV, etc. – Think of a safe accommodation arranged before you arrive in your host country. If you are going to Australia, you can arrange an accommodation pack with VisaFirst here. It includes Airport pick-up, Accommodation and breakfast and Information orientation and job advice. – It’s preferable for you and all your family members travelling with you to visit your health-care provider at least six weeks before departure to ensure you don’t have any health issues upon arrival. Health is always with top priority. – No matter how long do you intend to live abroad, you need to purchase the best health insurance for a long term you can afford covering your personal health needs and those of your dependants. Contact VisaFirst for...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Canadian Immigration, Living Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia is Top Spot for Irish

  More and more young Irish people are jetting off to Canada and New Zealand – but Australia still leads the way as the nation’s favourite immigration destination. Migration Index reveals that Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Wexford are the top five “feeder counties” while construction and engineering are the top two industries bringing the Irish abroad. Our statistics show that Canada is growing in popularity and that 18 – 24 year-olds are the ones most likely to apply for working visa abroad. The figures show an increase in the 18 – 24 age group travelling away for work, whereas the fall in the 25 – 34-year-olds  travelling could be accounted for by the fact that people in that age group who have left in the last few years have actually stayed away. The number of people involved in construction emigrating is dropping and is expected to continue to decline over the next few years as the Irish building industry picks up. But although this number in the construction industry will going to fall over the next few years, this industry in places like Australia and Canada continues to grow, so there will always be opportunity for Irish people. We expect a rise in the number of teachers heading off to Canada and Australia. There are currently numerous employment opportunities in this area in Canada, Oz and New Zealand, we believe we’ll see a steady flow of nurses and teachers travelling into 2015.  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 Sep 4, 2014 in Australia, Living Abroad, Migration News, Study Abroad, Work & Holiday, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

From Madrid to Sydney

A reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement was signed yesterday between Australia and Spain. It will allow 500 young people from both countries to head overseas on a holiday and be allowed to work or study. It will also give them a great opportunity to discover a new culture and exchange experience. It’s slightly different from the Working holiday visa as you need to have at least functional level of English or Spanish, be supported by your Government or be a tertiary-level student. It’s expected that this agreement will foster people-to-people links and will boost the constructive relationships between the two countries. Both Australia and Spain declared they will work hard in the coming months to bring this visa into effect.  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 Sep 3, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Migration News, Study Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

Overseas Migration will Continue to Increase Until 2016

The Immigration Department in Australia expects that the overseas migration will reach about 250,000 by the end of September and will continue to increase by 2016. This forecast takes into account the number of visa grants as well as data from official sources about the Australian and World economic growth. It also counts the immigration policies announced recently. So, here are some figures: the estimated number of student visas will reach 120,000; 44,000 sponsorship visas will be issued to temporary workers; 65,000 visas to working holiday makers, 48,000 people will get tourist visas and 7,5000 other temporary visas. It is expected that 40,000 skilled workers will be approved, 35,000 family visas, 14,500 humanitarian visas and 5,000 other permanent visas will also be granted. Let’s summarize what it is all about: more and more overseas students will be grated visas for Australia. This is a result of the department efforts to introduce post study work arrangements. Thus the overseas students graduating in the country have the chance to remain longer if they are eligible for a temporary Graduate visa upon completion of their study. Working Holiday maker arrivals will keep on fairly steady by 2018. Visitor, skilled and family visas are also expected to remain unchanged, so no dramatic changes are expected here. 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 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 21, 2014 in Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration |

200,000 Visitors Arrived in New Zealand Last Month

 The number of international tourists travelling to New Zealand reached a new high in July this year. Almost 200,000 visitors arrived in New Zealand last month compared to 183,000 in July 2013. While more people visited New Zealand, less Kiwis travelled abroad this year – 233,100 travelled overseas which is 2 % compared to July 2013. 41,000 migrants arrived in the country as of July 2014, which is up by 15 percent over the past year ended July 2013 and the highest number since 2003. 4,500 migrants arrived in New Zealand last month which is the highest net gain since February 2003. The New Zealanders took 2.23 million overseas trips last year. Their top destinations were United Kingdom, United States and Fiji. While the larger group of tourists visiting New Zealand were from Australia, China and Indonesia. For more information, contact us today. 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 20, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Investor Visa, Migration News |

First Canadian Entrepreneur Start-up Visas Approved

 This is the first visa program of that type in the world and the Canadian Government strongly encourages all provinces to support any young entrepreneurs wanting to set up a business in the country. Foreign entrepreneurs willing to grasp this opportunity need to meet certain criteria: secure significant investment from one of the designated ‘angel’ investor groups set up for the programme, financial commitments from business incubator companies are also accepted. This visa gives an option to young talents to try their luck in Canada. Their vision and ability to build innovative companies that can create jobs and long-term perspectives, thus distributing for the economic growth of the country. The Start-up Visa Program was launched last year, aiming to link experienced Canadian private sector firms with innovative foreign entrepreneurs who want to launch their start-up companies in Canada. When it comes to residency visas, the applicants should prove one or more years of post-secondary education, as well as language proficiency in English or French. The Pilot Entrepreneur program is to run for five years. 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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