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Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Migration News, New Zealand |

20,000 Irish People have Relocated to New Zealand for the Last Five Years

New Zealand is still very attractive destination for Irish guys and there are many reasons about this – beautiful nature, cost of living, friendly people, temperate climate. According to Edwina Shanahan, Manager at visafirst.com, since 2011 approximately 18,000 Irish workers have travelled to New Zealand for work and with 4,000-5,000 expected to leave this year the total number of the last 5 years will surpass 20,000! Most of the Irish guys are interested in the job opportunities in New Zealand. Local employers can offer a great variety of occupations – from commercial and residential carpenters, scaffolders, diesel mechanics to managers. Other positions available include a HVAC mechanic position and registered plumbers. Visafirst.com Manager, Edwina Shanahan, also commented that although the salary rates in Australia are higher than New Zealand, the cost of living and property rental are lower in New Zealand so, it might turn out that you are in a financially better situation at a lower salary if all other costs are lower too. 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 9, 2014 in New Zealand |

New Zealand Named the ‘Favourite Country’ for 2014

You probably come across different polls or surveys at this time of the year. But we want to share with you the results from two totally independent sources on New Zealand, the land of the ‘long white cloud’ and Maori culture. The Telegraph Travel Awards 2014 named New Zealand as the “favourite country” for 2014 after a survey among 90,000 British. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was very happy to hear this. He said: “Tourism forms a significant part of our economy. The winning of a prestigious award like this, voted by the public, is a great accolade for our country and bodes well for our tourism industry. We believe one of the real strengths of the tourism experience in New Zealand is that it lives up to the hype. Too often a lot of people go to a destination where ultimately it is never as good as the brochure, whereas in New Zealand we think people come and get an experience that is better than the brochure.” Another survey (the Expat Explorer poll) done among 9300 expatriates based in more than 100 countries ranked New Zealand as one of the best countries to move to for 2014. The factors taken into consideration were scenery and landscape, weather, security and the quality of life as a whole. The same survey awarded New Zealand as the best place to raise children. On the other side, retirees also rated the country high, with their main reasons to move to the country: be closer to their loved ones and improve quality of life. Do you agree? Where is New Zealand in your ranking? 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 8, 2014 in New Zealand, New Zealand Working Holiday, Working Abroad |

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa – the Complete Guide

New Zealand has signed working holiday agreements with many countries and that is why so many young people are heading to New Zealand to spend a year or two working and discovering the Kiwi’s country and culture. If you also want to join them, have a look at the information we’ve summarized for you. Visa requirements The great thing about the New Zealand Working Holiday visa is that it lets you work temporary during your stay in the country. So, you can work and travel for up to 12 months or up to 23 months if you are a British passport holder and up to 6 months if you are from Austria, Malaysia or Singapore. You should be 18-30 years of age, but if you are from a few selected countries, you may also qualify if you are 18-35. Another requirement for the visa is to have a return ticket or sufficient amount for the return flight. You may apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa if you are from one of the following countries: Argentina Finland Malaysia Spain Austria France Malta Sweden Belgium Germany Mexico Taiwan Brazil Hungary Netherlands Thailand Canada Hong Kong Norway Turkey Chile Ireland Peru United Kingdom China Israel Philippines USA Croatia Italy Poland Uruguay Czech Japan Singapore Vietnam Denmark Korea Slovakia Estonia Latvia Slovenia   During the validity of this visa, you can leave and re-enter the country for as many times as you wish. Applying for the New Zealand visa You can apply for your New Zealand Working Holiday visa or call us now to book a visa immediately. Alternatively you can fill in the online registration form to request a call back. Processing time The processing of this visa is really straight forward. It takes us just 48 hours or 2 working days to organize the visa for you. In a small number of cases, you might be requested a further verification of personal details which might slightly delay your visa. But if this happens, we will notify you what’s further required by the New Zealand Immigration authorities so that we...

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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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Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Ireland, Living Abroad, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, United Kingdom, Working Abroad |

New Visa Agreement Suggested Between Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Australians and New Zealanders should be free to live and work in the UK as long as they wish; this was announced in the last Commonwealth report. The new visa arrangements should make it easier and cheaper for Aussies and Kiwis to move to the United Kingdom. The scheme will be based on the trans-Tasman agreement between Australia and New Zealand and will allow any Australian or New Zealander who want to travel, live and work in the UK to get a free visa. The same should apply to British citizens who want to work in Australia or New Zealand. The same program should be extended to Canadians as well because these countries share the same language, culture, legal systems and all are highly developed economies. This visa program is perhaps an attempt of the UK Immigration to respond to the decreased number of immigrants into Britain from Australia, Canada and New Zealand dropped to less than 30,000 in 2011 compared to 70,000 back in 2004. A Commonwealth-wide business visa system is to be introduced based on the Asian business card which will also include fast-track passport lanes at UK airports. The report also recommended the extending of the Youth Mobility visa to more Commonwealth countries. 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 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 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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