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Posted on Sep 14, 2009 in Videos |

UK Student Visa Application Process

Over the last year or so, the UK Border Agency put a lot of effort to restructure the immigration and customs regulations. A part of these changes is the new Tire 4 points based system( UK Student Visa ). The new scheme allows international students to enter the UK and undertake a study course of more than 6 months. At the very start of the UK tax year (06.04.2009), the UK Border Agency uploaded a video showing the basic steps you need to take in order to obtain a visa. The procedure seems clear enough, however if you have any queries, or problems you can always drop us a line at ask@visafirst.co.uk, or even fill in a UK Student Visa Application Form adminMore...

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Posted on Apr 24, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Videos, Working Holiday Visa |

Backpacker Boom in Australia

More and more people head off to Australia. Young individuals, left with no alternative, head Down Under to spend the next 12 months in search for adventure and temporary job placements. The rising number of people travelling on the Australian working holiday visa will definitely have a positive effect on Australia’s economy. Despite the rising number of working holiday makers from Germany and the UK, the tourism industry will suffer a drawback, but less devastating than predictions from last year. If you are considering a working holiday in Australia and like what you see in the video above, why not give it a shot? adminMore...

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Posted on Apr 21, 2009 in Living Abroad, UK Working Holiday, Videos |

UK Points Based System Explained

Before the new system was introduced there were more than 80 routes for a non-EU national to enter the UK. The present, much more simpler framework consists of 5 tiers, which help people find the right path to the UK. Tier 1 is for highly skilled individuals willing to practice what they do best in the UK Tier 2 is for skilled workers (nurses, teachers, engineers, etc.) who already have a job offer to work in the UK Tier 3 is for a very limited number of low skilled workers needed to fill temporary labour shortages for a specific project Tier 4 is for students, continuing their education in the United Kingdom Tier 5 is for Youth Mobility and temporary workers (people who are allowed to work in the Uk for a limited time) For each tier there is a point target that the applicants need to meet. Points are awarded according to an objective and transparent criteria, allowing applicants to assess themselves. adminMore...

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Posted on Nov 28, 2008 in Uncategorized, Videos |

A new movie about Australia

Now playing in theaters is a new movie called “Australia“. It was released Down Under earlier this week (Wednesday). According to Nielsen EDI the movie grossed $1,307,853 in ticket sales on its opening. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman play the leading roles of Lady Sarah Ashley and Drover. The plot takes place in  northern Australia before World War II. Adventure, Drama, War, Western – This is what you will find under Genre in IMDB. It sounds interesting as it is, however I doubt that these for words are able to describe a movie offering a little something for each viewer. For all of potential Australia working holidaymakers this would be a good occasion to familiarise yourself with some Australian slang. Despite the fact that it is a fictional movie, involving some real world events around WWII, it might give you an idea of how things were back then. Enough talking, go out there and see the movie! 🙂 adminMore...

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Posted on Oct 8, 2008 in Videos |

Anti-Tourism Commercials – Australia vs. New Zealand

“In shopping mall design, the Gruen transfer refers to the moment when consumers respond to “scripted disorientation” cues in the environment. It is named for Austrian architect Victor Gruen” Wikipedia The Gruen Transfer is also a very popular show in Australia. Not long ago they gave two tourist agencies the task sell the unsellable. In a funny twist they end up making videos on invading New Zealand :). The logo at the end of the second video leaves a very odd idea in peoples minds. In order to restore balance in the universe, The Gruen Transfer released another video so New Zealand can have their pay-back :). I’ve literally “stumbled upon” these videos while playing around with the Stumble! button. It seems like none of the sides consider the videos offensive. One of the comments I came across was from a New Zealand guy, saying –  “New Zealand has a navy! Both ships are in Auckland most of the time, and the big one had no accident since 10 months – how do you like that!” It’s nice to see that people can make a laugh out a it and don’t get offended! adminMore...

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