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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 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 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 If you found this information useful, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Migration News, Press Releases |

Changes to visa law could help address skills shortages in Ireland Changes introduced today by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) regarding the eligibility of certain occupations to apply for work visas, will go some way to addressing skills shortages in the country according to visa experts at  Manager and Migration Expert with, Edwina Shanahan, claims that the changes will definitely be seen as a good thing for those sectors that are struggling to fnd qualified staff to fill certain roles. She claims that are often contacted by employers based in Ireland who need to look overseas for staff simply because the level of technical expertise in certain occupations is not available amongst the Irish workforce. In the year to date there have been approximately 4,136 permits issued in Ireland to workers from overseas – predominantly filling posts in the medical and nursing and ‘service industry’. Read full article here: Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 13, 2015 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia |

Labour Agreement will Lower the Income Threshold for 457 Chefs and Cooks in Australia

There is a shortfall of 56,000 Chefs, cooks and restaurant managers on Australian market according to Restaurant & Catering Australia. Employers say these are among the most difficult vacancies to fill. Cooks, chefs and restaurant managers were in Top 15 of the nominated occupations for 2014-15. And the sector demanded easier conditions from the Government to get overseas workers for these vacancies through the 457 program. It is expected that the industry will require additional 43,700 jobs by November 2018. As a result of this and to deal with the constant shortages in the sector, a historic labour agreement was negotiated with the Australian government for Cooks and Chefs. Waiters will also be included after national endorsement of this occupation. The labour agreement will lower the income threshold by 10% for restaurants should they meet particular criteria. Industry Labour Agreement outlines some specific requirements for both the business and the overseas worker, such as industry recognition through award programs, la carte menu, having uniformed staff and a maître d’ etc. for the employers; and certain skills, qualifications and English language requirements for the employee. Food and Accommodation sector in Australia was the largest user of the 457 temporary work visa program for the period 2014-15, with 4,350 approved applications. Mr. John, Hart Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO said: “Skilled migration has contributed to the evolution and fusion of cuisine types here in Australia. With migration comes innovation and new ways of thinking about food and the restaurant experience. With skilled migration also comes job creation for local Australians. The reality is most businesses find it difficult to remain open when they cannot find suitably trained staff. The facilitation of a small number of skilled workers under this agreement will ensure businesses remain open, are productive, and have the capacity to hire and train local workers Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 11, 2015 in Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration |

New Zealand Immigration Rule Change

From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements the applicants who can get 140 points get residency. Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to fulfill the places, it will be easier and more attractive for overseas workers to settle outside of Auckland. Government’s goal is to spread migration across the country. People who get the extra points will need to spend at least 12 months in the Southern region of New Zealand, which is an increase from the current 3 months. It was also announced that streamlined labour market tests will now be available nationwide not only in Queensland, to make the whole process more expedient for both the employees and the employers. The new change will enable the employers to get advise from New Zealand Work and Income service before they lodge the visa application, rather than Nz Immigration contacting the Work and Income service after the visa lodgement. Another change that is coming up is that people applying for an Entrepreneur Work Visa who want to set up business outside Auckland will get now 40 bonus points rather than the current 20 points out of 120 points to get residency. It’s not only about the perspective migrants though. A new pathway to residency was announced for all long-term temporarily visa holders in the Southern parts. This policy will also allow low-skilled workers based in the South Island whose visas rolled over for more than 5 years to be offered residency where they have put down roots. There are many migrants who settle in Auckland and at the same time many employers based in other parts of the country experience difficulties in finding enough skilled workers. Prime Minister John Key who announced the policy earlier said we could not be sure how many migrants will move elsewhere as a result of the policy but it was likely to be effective. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting...

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