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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 Apr 14, 2014 in Canadian Immigration |

Canada will introduce new recruitment system for prospective immigrants

The Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander has announced that the country will introduce new active immigration recruitment system that will be known as “Express entry” and will be similar to the Australian skill select scheme. The work towards implementation of the new system began during the time of the previous Immigration minister – Jason Kenney. Until know it has been known as Expression of Interest system. According to Mr. Alexander the new system will be a real game changer and will significantly improve the functioning of the Canadian Immigration Department. It will allow skilled foreigners to gain residence faster and easier. Mr Alexander says that he hopes that a successful applicant will have his/her application processed in six months once Express Entry is up and running. The system will be used for four of the current immigration programs that are run by the Canadian Government – The Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, The Canadian Experience Class and the The Provincial Nominee Programs. Under the new “Express entry” system, an application will first be submitted to the Canadian government. Their CV and professional details will then be added to a centralized database. Employers who are seeking foreign skilled workers will have access to some information from the database and will be able to select suitable candidates. Candidates who are not chosen by local employers will have their CVs removed from the database. The new system will help Canadian employers to select only such potential immigrants who are best prepared to work and live in Canada instead of those who are first in line. In addition to that the system will allow for much faster processing of the visa-related documents and in this way candidates will wait less for their Canadian visa. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Canadian Visa fast and hassle-free today.   blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Feb 20, 2014 in Canadian Immigration |

New changes to the Canadian citizenship law

The minister of Canada Chris Alexander has announced that he will increase the period required for residency before an immigrant becomes eligible for citizenship from three to four years. The bill has been announced at a press conference in Toronto. According to Mr. Alexander the new bill will enhance the value which the Canadian citizenship has. The bill would also quadruple the cost of a Canadian citizenship application from $75 to $300 and massively increase the maximum penalty for ‘residency fraud’ from $1,000 to $100,000. Residency fraud is committed when someone, falsely presents document that he has lived in Canada when in fact he has been resident of a different country. In order to get a citizenship, any foreigner must have lived in Canada for 1096 days in the last four years. Canadian immigration authorities have been concerned that some individuals, particularly from the Middle East continued to live in their countries of origin and paid to Canadian agents to falsify evidence that they have been residents of Canada, which has helped them to obtain citizenship. Under the previous immigration minister Jason Kenney, around 3000 people had their Canadian citizenship revoked after it became clear that they have applied with false documents. In addition to that Kenney pointed out that some Canadian agents were providing help to fraudsters by creating those illegal documents. The new bill would also make Canadian language and citizenship tests considerably harder and extend the requirement to take a language test to all applicants up to the age of 64. Currently, those over 54 are exempt. The opposition party in Canada said that they will have to carefully review new measures before accepting them The reason for this is that decline in immigration might have negative consequence for the Canadian economy and the local labour market which relies on qualified professionals from abroad. Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Canadian visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in Living Abroad |

Moving to Australia – What you need to know

People consider emigration from their home country for various reasons. Some want to move to Australia to find a better paid job and lower cost of living. Others are attracted by the weather and different lifestyle. For many people, moving Down Under means a clean start. As with any new endeavor, people are quite optimistic and tend to ignore prospective problems. Immigration is serious step to take and a milestone in people’s lives, so we need to be level-beaded about it. Australia’s Climate – If you are emigrating from the United Kingdom or Ireland, the sunny weather can be enough of a reason for you to switch countries. Consider the fact you are moving to a country with a colorful climate map. You can easily end up at the other end of the thermometer. High temperatures should be considered as they can easily cause health problems or even casualties. You have to consider what climate suits you best. I suggest this to be a starting point for you in choosing where to live, as an attractive job opportunity simply doesn’t compensate for your health. Job opportunities and costs of living – Check if you qualify for an occupation from the new Australian SOL (Skilled Occupations List). Average Australian salaries might seem attractive and the tax brackets reasonable, but they are  only prerequisites for improving your living standard. Your current lifestyle and future plans are the two main variables in the equation. You definitely need to know your net worth on the Australian job market. Beside the climate, this is probably the second most important factor in choosing an exact location to migrate to. Check what your options are by browsing through some recruitment options. The overall unemployment rate in Australia is 6.3%, however it varies on different states. Crime rate – The crime rate decreased dramatically over the past 10 years. A detailed survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the kind of problems Australian states have. You should definitely have a look at it, when choosing a place to live. Some states have bigger problems with assaults...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Jobs and Moving Abroad – How to Think Ahead

In many cases people tend to relocate on a permanent basis, whether it their target is a city or a foreign land. There are many reasons for such a move, such as work, love and a desire to travel among others. For most people however, the main reason for a move is mostly made for work reasons and lucrative, new job opportunities. If that is the case, then you will need to consider the details surrounding the job well before making your move and accepting the offer you are given. The following article aims to help you with these small details that might be overlooked during your intent and action. We begin with the following: The importance of friends and family You must take their opinions into consideration before you make a move. You must ensure you have their support, as you may need it in the future times ahead. You must admit that the help and support of those close to you will be crucial, regardless of what you believe. Many of them may help with jobs, residence and other details when you need them. The cost of living That is something you will not have a chance to elude, as the most important aspect of your future life will be the ratio of your expenses to your income. You must make a careful plan which takes all your expenses into account, so you can keep close track of how much you’ll be able to work with. Even though your pay may be large enough, you should still work on this so you could be aware of your limitations at all times. Taxes and other payments This particular part of our tips is closely related to our previous category. Moving abroad means you will need to get familiarized with the way taxes are done in your target country and how much of your income they will be in the end. Some countries may handle all of your tax details for you, unlike it is done in the US and some other countries, so keep that in mind when...

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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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