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Posted on Oct 22, 2014 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Study Abroad, United Kingdom |

Studying Abroad – A Complete Guide

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience and probably one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Top 6 Reasons to Choose Studying Abroad? It’s an opportunity to get to know other cultures. It’s an opportunity to travel a lot. It’s an opportunity to better learn a language. It’s an opportunity to gain life experience. It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself and to widen your horizon. It’s an opportunity to develop valuable career skills. How to prepare for studying abroad? You need to start with the first and may be most important step: choosing the right study abroad program! You’ll need to pick the country and the city you want to study in. Then you need to pass the required tests to enrol there. Once you get enrolled, you need to ask for an official admission letter, which you’ll need for your visa. Once you’ve done this, you need to prepare yourself for your destination country. Make a bucket list with at least 10 things you need to do before leaving your city, read information about the city, the weather, any social and sport clubs, libraries, restaurants, cinemas etc. Student Visas Once you have the enrolment letter in your hands, you can think of the appropriate visa you’ll need. Contact VisaFirst to get a free assessment fast and hassle-free. Australian Student visa Australia is a key destination for international students. The country is the third most popular destination after the US and the UK. Australia receives 20 times more international students than the number of Australian students who choose to study abroad. The Australian study visa allows you to study full time and to work part time for up to 20 hours a week. You need to be enrolled in an institution that is registered with the Australian government. You can enter Australia one month before the course starts and you also have one month to leave the country after your course ends. You can bring your spouse and/or dependent children on your student visa and they have the same rights as yourself. There’s no age...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in Ireland, Travel, United Kingdom |

A new British-Irish Visa Announced

This visa scheme will enable international tourists to travel to both countries with one and the same short-stay visa. Travelers from non-EU countries will be able to move freely between both countries on the same permit. This pilot project will be firstly launched for Chinese and Indian passport holders and later on rolled out widely. It’s an opportunity for both countries to boost tourism an business visits and a remarkable step in the British-Irish relations.  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 Aug 25, 2014 in Ireland, Migration News, Working Abroad |

Top Employers are Trying to Plug the Skills Shortage in Ireland

 About 50% more work permits were issued to non-nationals in Ireland for the first seven months of 2014. A lot of the work permits were issued in the ICT sector.   There’s an extremely high demand of experienced IT specialists in the country at the moment because a huge number of these professionals left Ireland during the downturn and there’s a gap in the industry at the moment. If there are no native people with particular ICT skills, the employers are usually looking for such specialists from overseas. Dublin and Cork were the two destinations where it was usually quite busy. But it was also busy in Limerick and Waterford. More than half of the work permits issued this year were for foreign workers based in Dublin. The second-highest number of permits went to people located in Kildare, followed by Cork, Leitrim, Longford and Carlow. Indian citizens got one third of all work permits issued so far, followed by the US citizens. The overseas workers with highest rejection rate were from South Africa, where half of all 52 workers who applied for Irish work permit were refused. The other countries with high refusal rates were China, Brazil and Bangladesh.  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 Oct 11, 2013 in Ireland |

Irish tourism industry hurt by austerity measures

The recent initiative of reducing the sales tax for hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities in Ireland has been a success. The tax cut produced more than 16 000 jobs and contributed significantly for the revenues of the Irish hospitality businesses. Many experts are however concerned that another round of austerity measures that will be introduced in Ireland the curs may not be extended any further. Although tourism sector in Ireland is not as important for the economy as it is in France and Spain for example, it is still significant contributor for growth and employment. It is estimated that each year hotel hire as much workers as large foreign companies such as Google, Apple or Pfizer. Despite the fact that the last bailout ended successfully, the consumer spending continues to fall for a sixth year in a row which brings the country on the edge of stagnation. The government is banking on a resumption of strong export growth next year to return economic growth to the 2 percent seen in 2011. Analysts say it will be the performance of trade partners – not the country’s restaurants and hotels – that will determine how smooth a bailout exit Ireland makes. The problem is however that if the recovery in the Eurozone does not come as fast as expected the domestic demand will have to pick up for the lost opportunities in the export sector. This is the reason why many of the leading hospitality businesses in Ireland are hoping that the tax cuts will be extended so that the sector keeps its momentum. It is expected that more than ten thousands new jobs will be created if the VAT is not returned to 13,5% after it was reduced to 13% from the previous rate of 15% Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Irish visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Guest Posts, Ireland, Travel Destinations |

Ideal Hen Weekend Destinations in Ireland This Summer

Summer is the most anticipated season for a lot of people. It means more sun and clear blue skies which makes it the perfect season to go outdoors and enjoy various recreational activities. Now, for a lot of folks, it is also the season to get a tan and spend time by the beach. Since Ireland is an island surrounded by water, it has its fair share of sandy beaches which can be great hen weekend destinations for hens that enjoy going to the beach and beach activities. A weekend at these Irish locations can be just the thing a bride-to-be needs to rest, relax, and look radiant on her wedding day. Letterkenny The beaches of County Donegal are very popular among surfers as some of the beaches in the county have awesome waves for surfing. Rossnowlagh beach is one of those beaches. On the other hand, other beaches in this county are also the best in terms of scenery like Silver Strand beach. Staying in Letterkenny allows access to a lot of those beaches. Compared to other towns in the county, Letterkenny has a variety of accommodations that will fit one’s budget. What’s more, this town’s nightlife is perfect for celebrating that hen night. Aside from surfing and lazing around sunbathing on the sand, hens can also enjoy horseback riding. Horseback riding is definitely a fun way to see the sights along the shore. Killarney Killarney gets a regular flock of tourists and hens during the summer season. This town in County Kerry is one of Ireland’s hottest tourist destinations because it is located near the Dingle Peninsula, it is where the Ring of Kerry starts, and its beauty. An ideal location for outdoor recreational activities on land, air, and water, a lot of hens that long to have one grand adventure before the big day should consider going to Killarney. For those that still wish to spend a day at the beach, there are also beaches around County Kerry that are famous for their scenery. Hens that choose to enjoy outdoor activities in Killarney will not be...

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Posted on May 29, 2013 in Guest Posts, Ireland, Living Abroad |

Don’t Get Gobsmacked: A Guide to Irish Slang

Technically, Ireland is an English-speaking country. So why is it that so many visitors feel like they are speaking a foreign language when trying to communicate with the locals? Much like in the U.S., there are different regional accents throughout Ireland, some of which are incomprehensible to American ears. But beyond the different ways of speaking, the abundance of Irish slang can make you feel like you have no idea what’s going on. Before you run out and take a foreign language course to successfully check into hotels (see a large selection of them at Venere) or order a meal at a restaurant, check out this guide to Irish slang. That way, when you hear someone talking about their “heavin’ gaff” (packed house), you won’t be tempted to take them to a doctor. Headed to the Pub Let’s start with the first place you’re likely to head: the local pub. Since this is the place where you’ll encounter plenty of locals and hear a whole lot of slang, it’s best you go in knowing what everyone’s talking about. First, you may hear about the “craic,” pronounced “crack.” This is a good thing. The craic is a local term meaning a good time — everyone getting together and joking, laughing and gossiping. You might hear something like, “The craic was 90!” That just means that it was an exceptionally good time; no one really knows why it’s described as 90. If the barkeep asks you if you would like a few scoops, he’s not referring to ice cream. “Fancy a few scoops” is slang term for “Would you care for a drink?” If you’re in a pub, the answer is most likely yes — but be careful. You don’t want to hear anyone say “Merciful hour, look at the state of him!” which is a good indication that you’re going to have a headache tomorrow. In fact, the Irish have more than 100 words to describe someone who has perhaps indulged too much. Among the more common terms are bollixed, langered, locked and, inexplicably, elephants. If you have imbibed too...

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