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Posted on May 23, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Surge in Australian Working Holiday Visa Applications from Hong Kong

A growing figure of working holiday makers is currently choosing OZ as their destination. The combination of Australia’s strong economy and high wages seems very attractive for young people, who are willing to work abroad. During the 2012 11 percent increase of working holiday visas that are granted to people, who want to work in areas such as fruit picking, tourism, hospitality and mining has been registered in comparison with the same period during the previous year. In addition to that, according to new statistics that were released from Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship there exist an even larger increase of around 30% in the number of total working holiday visas that are issued. Young people, who are coming from Hong Kong and Taiwan, are the biggest contributors for the growth. Hong Kong working holidaymakers rose by nearly 55 per cent, while Taiwan rose by 43 per cent and Italy by 30 per cent. Nevertheless the largest portion of Working Holiday Visas is still granted to visitors from Ireland, UK and South Korea. The strong economy of Australia was pointed out as the main reason for the attractiveness that the country has for foreign Working Holiday Makers. Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Felicia Mariani issued the following statement concerning the growth of foreign applicants. “There’s not a whole lot of options to go to Europe and work at this time,” she said. “Many nations in Europe are experiencing high unemployment rates, particularly in the youth sector. “If you’re sitting in Asia then all of a sudden Australia looks like an attractive option. “It has low unemployment and a high rate of pay.” Her main point is that the Australian touristic industry is gaining a lot from the working holiday makers, who are bringing their foreign language skills in to help tourism. Therefore ATEC has demanded the regional classification to the tourism industry extended to allow working holidaymakers to extend their visa by one year after completing 88 days of work in a regional area. Visa First is a leading provider of Working Holiday Visa for young people...

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Posted on May 21, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

An increased number of Irish nationals apply for an Australian Visa

The European economic crisis has forced a lot of Irish workers to apply for Australian Visa in order to escape to OZ. The resource boom which Australia currently experiences serves as a catalyst for the demand for new skilled working positions. Many of those new positions are currently filled from foreign workers. The Irish ambassador in Australia has commented that Ireland ranks on third place, only behind Britain and India, among countries, whose nationals are being granted skilled migrant visas. Western Australia is usually the most popular destination for the new Irish immigrants, because there are the best working opportunities for newly arrived immigrants. There is also an increase in the number of people who are applying for a Working Holiday Visa. Australian Department of Citizenship and Immigration expects that during 2012 the Irish Working Holiday Visa applications will exceed the applications that have been registered during 2011. “We have a very high unemployment rate; we’re going through a very difficult time economically. Australia has a booming economy; within that, WA has a booming economy. Quite clearly, there is space for our needs and your needs to complement one another.” Ireland’s ambassador to Australia, Noel White, said. The resource boom, which Australia is currently experiencing, is the main reason for the flowering economy of the country. It is centered mainly in Western Australia, but has created labor shortages throughout the whole country. Attracting skilled migration is the most reasonable solution that is being proposed for resolving the problems that appear on the job market due to the lack of working force. Only during the last month, the skilled migration program of Australia has been expanded to include 190 00 places on total. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 18, 2012 in Migration News, Travel |

Joint Irish – UK visa proposed

The Irish tourism minister Leo Varadkar has expressed an opinion that United Kingdom and Ireland should create a common visa, which grants the international tourists right to visit both countries without the need to apply for two separate visas. Minister Varadkar thinks that both United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to profit from such a change. The reason for this is that the new travel zone, which is supposed to be modeled after the Schengen Zone in mainland Europe, will attract more and higher- spending visitors, which will come mostly from countries with rapidly-growing economies – China, Brazil, Russia etc. Currently there is possibility for foreign visitors, who travel to United Kingdom with a foreign visitor visa to visit Ireland, without applying for a new Irish visa. This feature will however be available only until October 2016. Varadkar thinks that the new UK-Irish visa will save a lot of time and paperwork to travelers which are coming from remote countries. He says that: “It makes no sense to me that a tourist flying into Dublin from Dubai needs a separate visa to travel to the Titanic Experience in Belfast and to see the Giant’s Causeway. And it makes even less sense to the tourist.” The new idea for a common United Kingdom-Ireland travel zone is the latest action that Ireland government takes, in order to attract more tourists to its country. The international tourism is one of the fundamental pillars for the recovery of the whole Irish economy and therefore the policy-makers are addressing this issue with top-priority. Furthermore the proposal comes in times when Ireland has cut VAT for its hospitality sector from 23% to only 9%. In addition to that Ireland seeks more close ties Great Britain in an effort to re-boost its hardly hit from the crisis business environment. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 16, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Number of visas issued for New Zealand decreases.

The New Zealand Labor department has prepared a report, which indicates that there is a decline in the number of New Zealand Visas issued in the period between July 2011 and March 2012. In their new report the immigration authorities have written that 13,265 were granted a Skilled Migrant Visa to New Zealand which is almost a 12 percent decline compared with the same period during the previous year. The reasons for this new development are mainly to be found in the effects of the global economic crisis. In times of high economic uncertainty a lot of prospective highly-skilled migrants prefer to take less risk and to stay at their home country instead of going abroad. In support of this premise, the New Zealand Labor department indicates, that the current downside trend of number of new immigrants started in 2008 simultaneously with the global economic crisis. In spite of the general decline, however there is 18% increase in the number of skilled immigrants coming from India. This is mainly due to the largest number of Indian students, who come to New Zealand universities and then choose to remain in the country with skilled migrant visa. The number of people approved for work visa has also increased with 3 percent. The increase comes from people, who are coming to do a seasonal work in the New Zealand agricultural sector. In addition to that the report indicates that currently the largest source of new skilled migrants to New Zealand is United Kingdom with 17% of the total, followed by Philippines, China and South Africa, each one of which has 12%, 8% and 7% respectively. New Zealand has already implemented new measures, in order to increase its attractiveness to prospective immigrants. Some of the new changes include new rules for visa processing and approval which will lead to shortened period for visa applications and will save the New Zealand taxpayers more than NZ$40 million. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 15, 2012 in Migration News |

UK family visitor visa applicants will have no right of appeal for visa rejections.

UK Immigration minister Damian Green has stated that Family visitor visa will be unable to appeal if their visa application is rejected. The British Home Office has announced that the new changes will take place form 2014 after parliamentary approval and Royal Assent have been granted. The main reason for implementing the new rules is the fact that, the visa appeal process takes a lot of time and costs to much money for the UK taxpayers. In addition to that the number of submitted appeals since 2000 has skyrocketed. For example more than 50 000 appeals have been registered during the last year. At the same time in most of these appeal cases the reason for refusal is simply, that the applicants have filled the application form incorrectly or have provided insufficient documents to support their application. The new rules will significantly free up immigration tribunals so that they can deal with more serious cases. Furthermore around 29 million pounds which were spend as cost of processing of visa appeals will be saved from the UK taxpayers. Another argument that is given in support of the change is that there is no other type of visa ( such as business or tourist visa) that attracts the same full right of appeal. With regards to the changes, the Immigration minister Damian Green commented: “We are not stopping anybody visiting family in the UK; if an applicant meets the rules they will be granted a visa. However, it is grossly unfair that UK taxpayers have had to foot the huge bill for foreign nationals who, in many cases, have simply failed to provide the correct evidence to support their application”. The prospective family visitor visa applicants will be encouraged to reapply for their visa instead. Some critics have brought up the issue that the changes will prevent those people who are filling well-grounded appeals. Mr Green, however stated that rejected applicants will still have the possibility to appeal on racial discrimination or human rights ground. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 14, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

The Australian Immigration Department releases new video to advice overstayers.

The Australian immigration has decided to release a video, which will contain some advice useful for people, who have overstayed their visa and do not know what to do. The video will be available in 14 different languages and will contain useful information that will encourage people not to wait, but to resolve their immigration issues as soon as possible. The video will cover all kind of visas including ETA, eVisitor and Working Holiday Visa. People, who have not left Australia after their visa had expired are usually not sure of what  course of action they should take and may therefore be unable to take any action and thus to further worsen their situation. Such people usually rely on community’s and friends’ advice, which in many occasions is misleading, incorrect or ill-informed, making the situation even more confusing. The video itself contains three stories of people, who have overstayed their visa and for different reasons are unsure what they should do next. Some of them might think that they will be immediately arrested after the government finds out about their status. The advice is simple they should contact the immigration service and in order to clear their situation. In most cases the overstayers will be granted a bridging visa in order to sort themselves out. In case they are eligible, they may be issued other appropriate visa as well. The Australian department of immigration and Citizenship has Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS), which is able to provide advice to people whose immigration issues are more complicated and less straightforward. The service includes giving information about a person’s immigration status, so that he/she can make more informed choices about what to do next. Throughout the years 2010-2012 CSRS have resolved the problems of 11000 people in Australia. This not only saves  people a lot of worrying, but also provides more time for the Immigration department’s compliance team, who can focus on workers and employers, who willfully trespass the Migration act blog.visafirst.comMore...

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