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Posted on Nov 2, 2010 in Migration News, Travel |

Beware of Cheap Plane Tickets

There is an alert of a web site offering airline tickets with up to 50% lower than the regular market price. The site advertises cheap plane tickets via social media, and was spotted by the Western Australia Consumer Protection. Investigations are already taking place, according to Anne Driscoll, consumer protection commissioner, but consumers should still be careful and not give out any bank or credit card details on this Web site. “We have discovered that this site is operating out of Eastern Europe and that emails which they send to customers emanate from the United States,” she said. Consumer Protection is concerned about consumers who might have had troubles with the site, so they are willing to consult them. Source: blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 21, 2010 in Migration News |

Migration Scams Are Becoming Widespread

Migration scams are becoming more widespread as prospective migrants and visa applicants to Australia are easily mislead by fraudulent Australian government sites. Migration scammers claim they guarantee you a visa, and urge you to apply by saying it’s your ‘only chance’ to travel or migrate to Australia. You are also asked to register online and provide credit card details, after which you are charged without receiving any immigration assistance before or afterwards. “It is vital that people are aware of fraudsters’ tricks before handing over money for immigration assistance which is never provided,” the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said. “This is why the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a new online consumer protection resource to help people to learn about migration scams online and safeguard against scams. The Protect Yourself from Migration Fraud information kit includes victims’ stories, tips to stay safe online, information on how to identify non-genuine websites and fraudulent emails, links to consumer resources and a video testimonial.” Additional scammer tactics includes illegal operators who pretend to be migration professionals. In Australia, migration agents must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority, according to Mr Bowen. Source: blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Germany – Failed to Create Multiculturalism

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany has failed to create a multicultural society where aliens are well-integrated. According to her, people from so many different nationalities cannot live side by side without adapting to the German society. Her Christian Democrats (CDU) party has been demanding from her to take stricter actions against those who don’t show willingness to integrate. In response, she agreed rules have been too lenient towards foreigners before, and that the main thing they should do once in the country, is learn German. This way, they could attend school and have greater chances to find jobs. Germany does need skilled foreign workers, she added. The Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) even suggested simplifying the entry requirements for some foreign workers in order to cope with the lack of about 400,000 skilled workers in the country. “For a few years, more people have been leaving our country than entering it,” she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward.” Horst Seehofer, chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU’s sister party, said there was no room in Germany for more people from “alien cultures,” and completely rejected the idea to lower the barriers for aliens wanting to immigrate in the country. The whole debate over foreigners in Germany started as a result a book by the former central banker Thilo Sarrazin who accused Muslim immigrants of lowering the intelligence of German society. Despite he was censured and dismissed from the Bundesbank, his views were widely supported by the majority of Germans, a poll has revealed. Merkel has tried to stay objective and back both sides, saying that immigrants must make efforts to integrate, but Germans should accept the cultural diversity foreigners bring into the country. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 4, 2010 in Migration News |

Get a J-1 Visa

Here’s a relatively easy way to visit the United States – by obtaining a J-1 visa. J-1 is a non-immigrant visa that was developed to encourage cultural exchange and to develop young people’s skills in the fields of education, arts, and sciences. Why you should consider going to the U.S. on J-1: You will live and work in one of the most developed countries in the world You could work in your field of study, and will develop valuable professional skills You will get to know the American culture and lifestyle better than if you go there just as a tourist You can save money prior to returning back home During your 30-day “grace period,” when you have finished working, you can travel all over the United States and see world-famous places like Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. You will meet people from all over the world and create lots of friendships and connections The duration of the visa status depends on the J-1 category you are admitted under. After your J-1 status expires, however, you are allowed an additional 30-day ‘grace period’ to stay in the country – regardless of your J-1 category. Are you eligible to apply? You can apply if you are: 18 at the time of travel. There is no upper age limit. Currently enrolled at a college and participating in full-time Post-secondary studies that culminate into a degree. Students enrolled in a programme of 2 years or less must demonstrate that their current studies lead to a degree programme and show intent to pursue that degree. Final year students no longer need to be pursuing further education in the next academic year; but will need to show they are returning to Ireland after the summer. To get your J1 Visa Now, contact either Sayit Travel at 1850 518 472 or Go4Less at 01 435 0000, Ireland’s largest student travel specialists! To see available J-1 offers in the United States, you can visit blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Aug 3, 2010 in Migration News |

Work-Life Balance Worsening

Instead of improving, the work life of more than two million Australians is worsening, according to the latest Work and Life Index 2010. The Australian Council of Trade Unions says that the increased pressure at work is reflecting on people’s personal lives as their families are suffering for it. “It’s getting harder, not easier for working people and this is having a negative effect on children … and the whole community,” Ged Kearney, the ACTU president, said. The report, which analyses a survey from March of 2800 workers who answered questions related to work-life balance and their use of leave, shows that more full-time employees reported dissatisfaction with their work-life balance. Mr Kearney also said that the most dissatisfied from all are the working women as one in four is unhappy. The men between the ages 29 and 49, on the other hand, have the longest working hours and worst work-life balance. Source: blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jul 20, 2010 in Migration News |

No Visas for St Petersburg

St. Petersburg Mayor Valentina Matvienko decided to allow all tourists into the city without visas for 72 hours. If the project is successful, it could be repeated again and extended around Russia. Sergey Korneev, vice-president of the National Association of Tourism Industry, said the plan was “revolutionary” explaining that “it’s a brilliant decision to support the tourism.” St. Petersburg will attract about 30 million European tourists a day, spending 150 euro each, which will bring 13,5 million euro total earnings. Russia already did waive visas in 2008 when Moscow hosted the UEFA Champions League football final in 2008. Instead of visas, fans were able to use their match tickets. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jul 9, 2010 in Migration News |

Aussie’s Population Growth

Aussie’s population has been progressively growing since the mid-2000s to reach 22 million people in September 2009. In recent years the fast growth of population became a major topic of discussions about the effect of immigration over the population and its future size. The tendency is crucial to consider because infrastructure, services, economy and environment need to be adjusted in order to fit the larger population. “The recent growth rate of around 2% per year is faster than at any other time in the past several decades, and faster than nearly all other developed countries,” the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported. According to ABS, two components cause the population growth – the natural increase, which is the number of births minus the number of deaths, and the net overseas migration. The number of births has increased in recent years, but this is not the main driver of population growth – t is the overseas migration causing the growth. “In the three years to December 2009, NOM made up almost two-thirds (64%) of population growth,” per ABS. People find better opportunities in the more developed countries and they emigrate from the less developed ones. Also, the communications and travel have become more affordable and thus more appealing for prospective migrants. “Recent increases in immigration reflect Australia’s relatively strong economic growth as well as the engagement of Australia in the wider global economy, and especially the provision of education services to large numbers of overseas students” says the Bureau. “Between 2005 and 2010, the world’s population was projected to grow by an average 1.2% per year. Australia’s growth between 2005 and 2009 averaged 1.9% per year, faster than most other developed countries and many developing countries.” ANNUAL AVERAGE POPULATION GROWTH RATES OF SELECTED COUNTRIES(a) Reference year Annual average growth rate(b) % Australia 2005-2009(c) 1.9 Canada 2005-2010 1.0 China 2005-2010 0.6 France 2005-2010 0.5 Greece 2005-2010 0.2 Indonesia 2005-2010 1.2 Italy 2005-2010 0.5 Japan 2005-2010 -0.1 South Korea 2005-2010 0.4 Malaysia 2005-2010 1.7 New Zealand 2005-2010 0.9 Papua New Guinea 2005-2010 2.4 Singapore 2005-2010 2.5 Sweden 2005-2010 0.5 United Kingdom 2005-2010 0.5...

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