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Posted on May 27, 2016 in Migration News |

World’s Best Place to Live – Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Australia has been voted the best liveable city in the world according to ’’The Economist” and its annual report “Global Liveability Ranking 2015”. In the report were included 140 cities across the globe. The ranking is based on 30 factors including safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment. UK and Ireland immigrants are amongst the top 10 nations moving to Australia according to Visa First manager and immigration expert Edwina Shanahan. “Visa First helps thousands of those people to get Australian Visa to live and work” she adds. Top 8 of Most Livable Cities Melbourne, Australia; Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Calgary, Canada 5th; Adelaide, Australia; Sydney, Australia. Noticeable is the strong presence of Australian and Canadian cities in this report. There are multiple reasons for the leading position of Melbourne – economical, social, cultural, all contributing for this result. The city is famous for its cultural diversity and people from many different corners of the globe contributing for the unique atmosphere of the city. The infrastructure and public transport are very well developed and contribute for the easy daily commuting of the local people. Besides the great infrastructure and great opportunities for work and study it is a great place for your free time as well. There are many museums and galleries displaying many interesting pieces of art and of course good number of museums showing the life and culture of Aboriginal people. Melbourne is considered a Unesco city of literature because of the literary festivals, book stores, great history of famous award winning authors. To read the full report – click here. View a complete list of Australian Visas processed by Visa First – click here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 20, 2016 in Migration News |

Ireland Needs More Highly Qualified Professionals

The past few years were not very good for the Irish economy and its qualified workforce. The so called “brain drain” was a big factor for a significant part of the economy and the corporate world in Ireland. Since the economic recession is gone there is a good sign of economic recovery showing an interest in the corporate world to hire non EU professionals to help grow the local business. There is a visible trend of increasing number of immigrants and visa work permits for granted to professionals in HSE and IT sector. The growth in 2016 is going to be around 9 000 compared to 7 353 in 2015 according to Visa First expert Edwina Shanahan. Link to the interview of Visa First expert Edwina Shanahan click here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 20, 2016 in Migration News |

5 Reasons To Visit Beautiful Eastern Australia

It looks like Australia is going to continue to top people’s bucket list of vacation spots. Tourism Australia recently released figures for yearly international visitors which hit a record 7.67 million for this past year, a year-over-year increase of 8.7%. With almost 8 million kilometres of land, Australia is a treasure trove of desert, rainforest, coral reefs, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities. Unless you have weeks or months to spare, you are unlikely to fit it in all of Australia’s diversity in one trip which is why visitors to Australia usually pick one area to focus on while on holiday. In 2015, the east coast proved to be the most popular with tourists and it’s pretty easy to see why. If you can’t decide where in Oz to go, these five reasons to visit eastern Australia might help you make up your mind: Hyams Beach According to the Guinness Book of Records, the whitest sand in the world can be found at Hyams Beach. It’s kind of relaxing just to imagine all that fine white sand between your toes! Hyams Beach is the very definition of idyllic – the seaside town is dotted with cottages and old fashioned beach houses overlooking the Pacific. Snorkelling and diving are popular activities but Hyams Beach is also a great spot for wildlife watching due to its proximity to two national parks and a botanical garden. It’s not unusual to see whales, sharks, dolphins and octopus as well as native Australian birds and animals. Byron Bay If you want to holiday like the stars, head to Byron Bay. Over the past few years, Byron Bay has become the go to vacation spot for Australian and international celebrities. Known as one of the East Coast’s quirkier and more alternative cities, Byron Bay is a popular resort for people attending music or film festivals, yoga retreats and even pagan gatherings. Surfing and whale watching are also popular tourist activities as well as visiting one of the Bay’s many regular farmer’s markets. Sydney It may be the obvious choice but that’s no reason to leave it...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2015 in Migration News, Travel |

Indian E-visa Program for British Nationals

On 15 Aug, India finally opened its e-visa program for British nationals. The UK is one of the 113 nationalities eligible for Indian e-Tourist visa. The whole process and paperwork is much easier and cheaper. The aim of the Indian government is to boost tourism in India. Indian eVisa is for people who want to visit India for tourism, i.e. recreation and sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives; or for business visits. An Indian government statement said: “With this addition, the total count of countries under the scheme will go up to 113. Simultaneously, we are going to add seven more Indian airports as designated airports for entry on e-Tourist Visa from 15th August 2015.” Around 800,000 British citizens visit India every year. India announced that 7.68 million foreigners visited the country last year. Those willing to travel to India on e-TV should apply at least 4 days before the date of travel. This is because, the visa is not issued automatically, once the application is submitted, travellers get their entry documents within 4 days via email. The application process is simplified for Britons – no need to make a paper application. The passport should be valid at least six months from the date of arrival in India and all applicants should carry a copy of the e-visa while travelling. This visa is valid for 30 days from the day of arrival in India. VisaFirst is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Tourist and Business visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂             Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Migration News |

Meet us in Australia!

Are you looking to remain in Australia but not sure of your visa options, then meet a registered migration agent! Declan Clune, a registered MARA agent is meeting clients across Australia helping people to find their options to stay on. Migration talks are taking place across the country: 19th October Monday Sydney 21st October Wednesday Brisbane 23rd October Friday Melbourne 25th October Sunday Perth If you want to meet face to face with migration expert and provider of information on relocation, services for living and working opportunities, register and book a placement now! Regardless of what stage of the process you are, we can help you out with the visa process. Your appointment will be confirmed once your booking is approved. Consultation fees of AUD 100 will apply but these will be deducted from your visa application fees. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Migration News |

Australian Skilled Migration Update – September 2015

Applications for the old skilled visas, subclass 175, 176 and 475 visa that are no longer eligible under the new General Skilled Migration Program have been capped and taken to have never been made. The Australian Immigration will issue refund of the application fees, but could a refund compensate people waiting for their applications to be processed for 5 years and more! Most of the Skilled Independent 175 visa applications have already been allocated and processed but the most affected people were those submitted family sponsored applications. This underlines again the current government policy to reduce the number of family migrants. Current Update on the SkillSelect From October, there will be two invitation rounds which will mean shorter waiting time for visa invitation There were only 20 invitations for accounts in the September round. It is expected that the minimum score for invitation in this occupation would be 65 for the rest of 2015. There are no more available places for External or Internal Auditors for skilled 189 visa and family sponsored 489 visa until July 2016. These occupations are only eligible for state nomination visas (subclass 190 and 489). Anyone willing to gain more points and thus increase their chances for visa invitation may consider any of below options: Improve their English language scores Claim points for spouse’s skills Complete a professional year program in Australia Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂     Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Canada, Migration News |

Update on the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs

Alberta The Alberta Nominee program announced they will not accept new applications before 27 January 2016. The pause in processing new applications will ensure current applications are assessed on time. Alberta has been granted 5,500 nominations for 2015 by the Federal Government. As of September Alberta has issued 3900 nominations. British Columbia No more applications will be accepted for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee program. Applications will only be accepted for the following positions: Health care professionals for Skilled and Express entry visa and Northeast Pilot project. Applicants can apply for BC Provincial program again at the beginning of 2016 when a new point-based system will be introduced. Nova Scotia The province of Nova Scotia will increase the number of immigration nominations for its two express entry streams, increasing the number of nominations to 1350 for 2015. Ontario The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program is now called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. The name change does not affect the eligibility criteria or the requirements. The total number of nominations allocated for Ontario is 5,200 for 2015 including Express Entry and Immigrant Nominee program. Ontario has introduced two Express entry streams for skilled workers who want to settle down in Ontario: Human Capital Priority Stream French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Saskatchewan  There’s a threshold on the number of nominations that will be accepted for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. There are three streams in Saskatchewan – International Skilled Worker Stream, Saskatchewan Experience Stream, Enterpreneur and Farm Stream. There are 3,849 nominations left for International Skilled Workers for 2015.  1,000 applications left for the Express Entry and additional 1,000 applications left for International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand stream. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Canadian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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