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Posted on May 4, 2012 in Migration News |

Imposing borders on borderless Schengen zone

The Schengen zone’s original purpose was to eliminate border controls between the Schengen countries in order to make travel easy and to stimulate and create economic opportunities. The Schengen freedom, however, brought concerns over uncontrolled terrorism, trafficking, illegal immigration and more, which turned the Schengen zone into a widely discussed and controversial topic between EU interior ministers. The area where travelers could travel without passport was once considered one of the greatest achievements of the European Union. It is now seen more like a free pass for crime. Some European leaders now suggest to “fix” the problem as they simply impose border controls to the borderless zone. The French and German interior ministers, for example, proposed border controls for up to 30 days if there is an increase in immigrant flow. The Austrian minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, also expressed support to the Franco-German proposal, saying: “The commission should act as a kind of early warning system and should propose concrete measures which should then be implemented.” Denmark is also skeptic about Schengen and even closed its borders for a short period last year. The Danes claim that there must be clearer rules for action in emergencies which had nothing to do with the freedom to travel. The unhappiest of all, however, are the French. Claude Guéant, France’s interior minister, warned that the Schengen’s common border – from the Baltic to the Mediterranean to the Aegean – must be secure by the end of this year, or else France will leave the Schengen zone. In addition, Nicolas Sarkozy is also in support of imposing borders within Schengen, which some see as an attempt to win re-election. German interior minister Friedrich, on the other hand, claims that the proposal for Schengen reforms has nothing to do with Sarkosy’ election campaign. “We govern for the people, and the people in France are very worried about illegal immigration. So we have to take this worry seriously,” he said. A possible reform of the Schengen rules will be discussed no earlier than June. Find out more on Schengen visa to France. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 2, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News, Travel |

Canada needs Irish construction workers.

The Canadian construction industry is searching for a large number of qualified Irish workers to participate in various constructions and engineering projects across the country. The Alberta-Based Canadian engineering JV Driver, for example, will sponsor the Engineering Village in Job Expo 2012 in an effort to recruit 200 new employees, in order to overcome the severe shortage of skilled construction workers that exist on the local market. As a result of the abovementioned developments, which are currently happening on Canadian job market Visa First have been contacted from a Canadian Construction company to help in the recruitment of 167 new workers. Visa First manager Edwina Shanahan stated: “We are currently accepting CVs with the view to calling people for interviews in our Kilkenny office in two weeks. These position need to be filled fast.” All of the position are located in Alberta and include various positions that range from scaffolders to pipefitters to welders and crane operators. Sources: Irish Daily Mirror (page: 15/ 28-04-12) Irish Daily Mail(page: 54/ 28-04-12) blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Flows in the new student visa system in UK bring bogus students

The new points-based student visa system in the UK proved to have flows that could have been predicted and avoided, according to Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office (NAO). The new student system allows students from outside the European Economic Area to study in the UK. It appeared, however, that the UK Border Agency that implemented the new system is more lenient towards students with incorrect visa applications and focuses more on illegal immigrants. With the previous visa system for non-EEA students, the number of students who could attend college was unlimited. They could also move college freely, without notifying the Agency. The new points-based system – Tier 4 – requires each student to be sponsored only by educational institutions licensed by the Agency. Students now cannot switch colleges without the Agency’s permission. The new system holds the sponsoring colleges responsible for the students’ intentions to stay in the UK. Tier 4, however, was implemented too soon, before the Agency set a major controlling policy. As a result, NAO calculated that during the first year Tier 4 came into effect, between 40,000 and 50,000 people may have entered the UK to work rather than to study, and the Agency never checked whether these individuals were indeed attending college. At the moment the Agency still does not take full measures to ensure that people with denied requests for visa extension do actually leave the country. According to NAO, the Agency introduced new controls and compliance strategy in December 2011 that are expected to reduce the number of bogus students. However, the Agency still needs to establish ways to deal with overstaying students on the points-based student visa. Source: blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Apr 17, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

New report on temporary visa holders in Australia reveals key trends

A new report Temporary entrants and New Zealand citizens in Australia is now available. The report provides a snapshot of various groups of temporary visa holders and New Zealand citizens who were present in Australia as at the end December 2011. The report highlights some key trends: some 1,045,840 temporary visa holders were present in Australia on 31 December 2011, a 0.6 per cent increase from last year; the largest groups of temporary visa holders present in Australia on 31 December 2011 were visitors (367,970), followed by students (254,680), working holiday makers (subclass 417 and 462) (134,840) and Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa holders (128,600); between December 2010 and December 2011, the number of student visa holders decreased by 12.5 per cent and visitor visa holders by 1.1 per cent, while the number of subclass 457 visa holders and working holiday makers increased by 10.9 per cent and 14.1 per cent, respectively; during the same period, the number of visitors from India and China increased (16.7% and 10.5% respectively) while the number of students from India and China decreased ( 34.7% and 7.6% respectively); the countries with the most number of Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa holders were the United Kingdom (19.4%), South Korea (16.6%) and Ireland (12.2%); the countries with the most number of Business (Long Stay) visa holders were the United Kingdom (26.7%), India (13.7%) and the Philippines (7.3%);  and, some  597,730 New Zealand citizens were present in Australia on 31 December 2011, a 6.9 per cent increase from the previous year. Source: blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Migration News |

French Schengen Visa from UK

A recent survey of the World Tourism Organization ranks Paris as the number one tourist destination in the world, receiving more than 10 million foreign visits annually. In order to visit this incredible city many travelers will be required to possess short-stay tourist visa commonly known in the European Union as French Schengen Visa. Its validity is up to 90 days and its holders can travel freely through France and other European States during this time-frame. If you want to visit France you have to determine your status and whether or not you need Schengen Visa for France. All citizens of the European Union are exempt from this requirement. Furthermore citizens of some non-European states like United States, Canada, Japan and Australia also do not need French Schengen Visa for short term visits. For full list of Schengen Visa exemptions see the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage If you need a Schengen Visa for France you should follow the steps below in order to complete your visa application. Fill in the official Schengen Visa Application form with all the necessary personal details. Do not forget to sign it afterwards. Prepare the required documents that are required to be sent with your application. Those generally include: Two Passport photos, that have been made within the last three months; Your International Passport, Your British Residence Permit, Evidence of financial means of support, Proof of travel, Proof of Hotel or Accommodation booking as well as valid insurance covering the period of your stay in France. Schedule an appointment with the a French Embassy or Consulate. You can find nearest one on the website. Submit your complete French Schengen Visa Application on the date of the appointment. Visas will be granted or denied on the day of the appointment. You can receive your passport afterwards. The whole application procedure is somewhat long and tedious. You have to make sure, that all of your documents meet the necessary requirements of the French Government. Any mistakes can lead to visa rejection. Visa First as a leading international provider of global visas and travel...

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Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Australia in need of skilled workers from Scotland

February 18th and 19th will be life-changing dates for hundreds of Scots looking to immigrate to Australia. Apparently Australia is in constant need of skilled migrants as new construction projects are in line, and workers shortage in mining is growing. Western Australia alone has about 500,000 openings for skilled workers, for instance. According to recent government statistics, over 17,000 people from Scotland immigrated to Australia. In 2009, however, over 470,000 people from the UK moved to the country, making it the top immigration destination among the people from UK. Britons choose Australia to start a new life mainly because of the low unemployment rate, the great weather, the regular recruitment of skilled migrants from the UK, and the laid back image of the Australian lifestyle. To fill in the job openings in Australia, a special event – Down Under Live – will take place in Edinburgh. It’s meant to objectively advise those who are interested in moving to Australia by shedding light on the process of immigrating to OZ and on anything a person and/or a family needs to know in order to start a brand new life away from home. Guests of the event would also have the opportunity to talk to employers and to specialists in helping people to emigrate. The Down Under Live event is the biggest expo in UK, dedicated to emigration and jobs in Australia and New Zealand. This year the event will take place both on 18th and 19th of February in Edinburgh. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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