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Posted on Mar 18, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

(Un) Employment ?

Economic downturn, recession, crisis, stagnation, unemployment–we are all tired of hearing those as they bring fear and no desire for a little sweet vacation, or escape, or what have you… We got some news for you. Winter is coming to its end, and despite the economic situation that’s been ruling along with the cold for awhile, we see the sun, the beach and the fun at the end of the tunnel. Let’s take a look at some stats and see why Australia is still the place to be for working holiday for the European adventurous souls.   Unemployment Rates – January 2010 Netherlands – 4.2% Australia – 5.3% New Zealand – 7.3% Germany – 7.5% UK – 7.8% Canada – 8.3% US – 9.7% France – 10.1% Ireland – 13.8% Spain – 18.8%     Per stats at epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu, Netherlands has the lowest unemployment rate from the countries in the EU–4.2%, while the average unemployment percent in the EU is 9.5%. Spain has  one of the highest rates of 18.8%, followed only by Latvia with 22.9%. Ireland, with its 13.8% unemployment, is not quite promising yet, either. So far, Australia’s 5.3% is a keeper. Those who want to go there on a working holiday visa and work while having all the fun from being away from home-in another continent-should consider the following: Overall, the employment increased 400 to 10,971,100. However, “Full-time employment increased 11,400 to 7,659,700 and part-time employment decreased 11,000 to 3,311,400,” according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As a visitor on a working holiday visa for one year, you are allowed to work practically anything for six months after which you need to change the employer. If you look at the statistics, you might want to try to find either a full-time or a part-time job–don’t concentrate on the part-time only as you may have a hard time getting one. The full-time job may give you less time for fun, but on the bright side you will be paid more, and you can still escape from the routine for awhile. References: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/Economics/Unemployment-Rate/ http://www.dol.govt.nz/ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/ http://www.abs.gov.au/...

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Posted on Apr 27, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Get your visa and flight as soon as possible

The recession has a negative effect on many aspect of our lives, but this is the natural way of the economy to bring order to itself after years of frivolous spending by the common consumer. It is always darkest before the dawn, that good old idiom says, but that isn’t necessarily true if you act on time. In recent news an article covered the fact that a lot of backpackers from the UK and Germany are rushing down to Australia in 2009. If you are amongst those people willing to spend the next year in Australia, then there isn’t a better time to get your Australian visa and book your flight. Obtaining a visa might take you between 2 days and two weeks, depending on the approach you chose to obtain one. You can do it by yourself, however if you need it in a hurry it is better to go through an agent, since it will cut most of the hassle and you application will be processed faster. Currently you can book a ticket from London to Sydney on British Airways’s site for as low as 518GBP. This will be the price you pay if you book now for any date of the period ~01/05 – 15/06/2009. This will soon change, however you have the great opportunity to book a cheap in the next few days. Airlines will not be able to sell low cost tickers for much longer so this summer is you chance to book a low cost flight from and to Australia. It is a great time for working holiday makers from Australia to travel to the United Kingdom and for UK backpackers to jump over to Australia. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Australian Backpacker or a Trekkie?

Well, if you are both than be sure you are near Sydney in April. The reason is no other than the world premiere of the latest Star Trek movie. Australian trekkies sure are lucky to be the first to see the latest addition to Gene Roddenberry’s universe. According to BBC the upcoming movie will have it’s premiere in the Sydney Opera House on the 9th of April. Leonard Nimoy, who originally starred as Spock had joined a cause for the movie to hold it’s premiere in a small Canadian farming town called Vulcan, however that initiative did not go far, partially due to the fact Vulcan has no cinema. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 15, 2009 in Migration News |

$900 handout for Australian residents amended

Australians will get the $900 cash bonus they had hoped for after all. Senator Nick Xenophon joined with the Coalition to scuttle Prime Minister Rudd‘s stimulus package. Subsequently, this Thursday, Australia became the first country to vote down a stimulus package, designed to head-off a recession during the economic crisis. The Prime Minister immediately reintroduced his emergency economic plan into Parliament and the package passed in a rare Friday sitting. The amended package will leave low-income workers and single income families $50 short. They will not get the promised $950, but $900. Those earning less than $80,000 will too receive $900, while people on incomes of between $80,000 and $90,000 will receive $600, and those earning between $90,000 and $100,000 will get a $250 bonus. The savings on this package will go to aid the jobless. Children from low and middle income families will too receive $900. Students and people outside of the workforce will receive $900 to spend on learning and training. The current plan is expected to boost the economic growth from 0.5 to 1.0 point in the next two years. If you still have questions about the stimulus payment or if you want to find about getting yours, I’d like to direct you to contact a team of tax speciallists on australia@taxback.com or talk with the staff live online . Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 11, 2009 in Migration News |

Australians face discrimination

As bizarre at is may sounds, Australians have hard time with discrimination in their motherland. Recently, there have been several cases where Australians are not allowed to enter a club or sleep over at hotels and hostels. Some hotel owners and publicans favor backpackers and international travelers over Australian citizens. According to a Alex Bushnell,  The Tin Bar (located in Brisbane) recently refused entry to him and two friends on a “Backpacker Night’’ because they did not have international passports. He had to  head back to the Down Under Bar & Grill on Edward Street. The Tin Bar’s manager, Brad, comments “Australians can come in any time they want” adding “On our backpackers’ and students’ nights we throw a bunch of parties and you need an international student card or passport to get in’’. Bunk backpackers’ hostel will welcome anyone to drink in its bar, however they have a strict “no backpack, no dorm room” policy, allowing only travelers to stay in for the night. Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland commissioner Susan Booth clearly states that it is against the law publicans to refuse entry based on nationality. She admitting that this is not a precedent and it’s been going on for a while. According to Ms. Booth, Queensland’s Hotels Association will be reminded of the law if complaints continue. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 11, 2009 in Migration News |

Thieves blew up an ATM earlier this morning

At 1:15AM, this morning, thieves blew up an ATM device and the better half of a ANZ bank at Latrobe ( Northern Tasmania). The police are searching for two people who are believed to be involved. One of them is believed to be injured from the explosion and in need of urgent medical attention. The plunderers got away with a considerable amount of cash. Police are reaching out to people who might have information about the robbery. Crime Stoppers are available on 1800 333 000 to take any related phonecalls. Now, prospective backpackers, don’t get any funny ideas about raiding unprotected ATM devices. You might be better off finding a decent job 😉 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Oct 6, 2008 in Migration News |

Traveling to Australia with Vanvisa Mahavichai

First time in a foreign country can prove quite challenging for most people. If you plan to stay for a while, you need to consider many factors – employment, a place to stay, social life, etc. Vanvisa, or just Visa, is a traveler. She is from Thailand, however she loves to travel and meet new people, so you can easily say she is a citizen of the world. Back in 2005 she went to Australia to take a study course and travel for a while. Visa was more than kind to share her experience in Australia , with me and all of you, by answering a few of my questions. Svet: Hey, Visa, can you name 5 things you can’t imagine your stay in Australia without? Visa: Can it be emotions, or qualities as well? I would have to say – a brave heart, patience, hope, friends, and money. Svet: How did you finance your travel to Australia? Visa: I’ve worked so long before I went to Australia. The  trip from Thailand to Australia didn’t cost that much, so I was able to afford it. You just need to plan when and how much. I like to do it when I go with friends. I take full responsibly for planning, calculating the costs, etc. Svet: Have you had any trouble finding accommodation? It can be hard to find a place to stay, if you don’t know anyone. Visa: Hmm yep, but I was lucky to meet nice people and we came to be friends, so it was OK. First, I stayed with Homestay for a month, then moved to live in the city and share accommodation with Indonesians and Thai people. Afterwords I moved to live with Korean and Japanese people. It was an enriching experience, to get to know other cultures. It was a lot of fun too. Svet: So many cultures, with their different ways… I can only imagine the things you’ve learned form your encounters. Tell me, did you have any problems with your employers in Australia? Visa: I’ve worked there only part time, so I...

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