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Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Australia, Living Abroad, Migration News |

A Retrospection of Australian Food

Given that Australia is a multi-cultural society, nobody is surprised how rich and various Australian food is. In the early colonial days, menus included seafood, native vegetables, fruits and nuts. You may have heard of some Australian some native fruit such as lilly pillies, rosellas or hibiscus, wild raspberries native currants, quandongs etc. With the influence of the European, US and Chinese newcomers, Australians developed the taste to Chinese food and new spices, especially in the port cities. Since early 1900, at the time of Australian Federation, the era of the picnics came, leading to Australian great tradition of barbequing. There’s nothing more Australians than picnic on the open with family and friends. With the innovations later on came new recipes. New terms such as ‘billy of tea’, Anzac biscuits and vegemite spread were added to Australian vocabulary at that time. With the new migrant flow at the end of the Second World War, Australian food was influenced by new styles mainly Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and African. So, what’s the most famous Australian food today? Anzac Biscuits – associated with the Anzac Day (April 25), these biscuits were made by wives during the war and sent to soldiers. The ingredients of the biscuits were well able to keep for a long time. Pavlova – there was a severe competition on the origin of this dessert between Australia and New Zealand for many years. Both countries claim to have invented it and named it after the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. And even if it was finally proven that it belongs to New Zealand, Aussies proudly call it Australian food. It’s a dessert that has crisp crust and a soft inside, decorated with cream and fresh fruit. Vegemite spread – The Vegemite spread is a dark brown, yeast-based spread that was invented by a Melbourne scientist as a way to use the yeast left from beer production. Meat pies – nowadays, the meat pie has many variations, often served with mashed potatoes and gravy. This is a traditional meal for every party, sporting event etc. Lamingtons – called the ‘National...

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Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Migration News |

Canadian Immigrants Deemed One of the Most Successful in the World.

This is because the Canadian immigration program is designed to allow all new-comers settle down smoothly and quickly. The most successful newcomers usually come in Canada through the Skilled Worker and Provincial nominee programs. Both programs assess applicant’s work experience, qualifications, language skills and adaptability, to ensure overseas migrants are successful on the Canadian labour market. Once getting a permanent residence, the next logical step for the immigrants is getting a Canadian passport. One of the main differences between the residents and the citizens is that only the Canadian citizens can vote in the country. Above 91% of all permanent residents declared that they intend to apply for citizenship and that they would be proud to be Canadians. A lot of prospective migrants decide to move in Canada only to give their children a better start. And the facts and figures reveal that the majority of the second-generation migrants whose parents were born outside Canada usually perform excellent both professionally and academically and sometimes develop even better than the Canadians.  These last figures show that the Canadian government is successful in their attempt to attract and integrate high caliber people all over the world and make them feel Canada like their home. For more information on the Canadian visas, visit our website www.visafirst.com 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 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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