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Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia in Need of Skilled Workers

Australia is one of the largest economies in the world taking 12th place by nominal GDP. The economy is dominated by the service sector which holds 68% of the GDP. Having this into account there are a lot of opportunities for skilled workers, the Australian business has identified shortage of. Alongside with USA and Canada, Australia is amongst the most preferred countries immigration wise In order to support local business needs and economy growth, the government has developed various programmes for nominating overseas workers with special skills. The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) and the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) are the 2 shortage lists of occupations the Australian labour market has high demand for. There are several sectors where a large number of professionals and tradespeople is required – engineering, healthcare, finance, accounting, agriculture, telecommunications, construction and others. All foreign nationals wiling to live and work in Australia must apply for the proper work visa. Depending on the duration of prospective employment, the nominated occupation and the personal attributes of the skilled workers, there are few different work visa types they could apply for after making sure the eligibility requirements are met. Having a trade or profession on high demand and a good level of English is fundamental for moving and working to Australia but not the only requirement. In order to relocate you’ll need a visa as well. Thousands of people are making the move to Australia every year. One of the most popular work visas applied are as follows: Sponsorship Visa (457). This visa is based on a job offer from Australian employer and is lasting for up to 4 years. In order to apply the applicant needs to have an occupation listed on the CSOL and the necessary formal qualifications or years of work experience that may substitute for the formal qualifications. Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (186) – It is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Australia, Europe, Work in Australia, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

Top 5 Most Popular Australian Visas

You might be surprised, but the Australian Working Holiday Visa is not the only option to get to Australia! Australia is one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world together with USA and New Zealand. Each year the government grants a number of visas. For 2015 the number of permanent migration Australian visas was about 190 000. The main purpose of this programme is to support the growing economy, help the need of fresh and qualified workforce and last but not least bring together families of expats. The majority of the people going to Australia, about 70% are skilled migrants and about 30% are people joining their relatives. Among the top countries providing the most visitors to Australia are: 1. India, 2. China, 3. UK. In the top 10 is also Ireland which holds 6th place. There are many different programmes which give the opportunity to visit Australia and here is a list with the most popular Australian visas.   Australian Working Holiday Visa This is one of the most popular visas amongst young people. The Australian Working Holyday Visa gives you the opportunity to visit the country and, have a good time while working and traveling across the continent. You must be from one of the eligible countries aged from 18 to 30. The visa allows you to stay and work for a year. Applicants must have clean criminal record and meet certain requirements. It’s important that all documents are prepared properly by a professional to make sure your application has the best chance of succeeding. This visa has an option for extension, the 2nd Australian Working Holiday Visa which extends the stay for one more year. Australian Sponsorship Visa The Sponsorship visa gives the applicants the right to work and live in Australia for up to 4 years. The most important requirement for the visa is to have a job offer in an eligible occupation from your Sponsor (Authorized company) willing to proceed with your visa and hire you. Common practice is applicants who are on WHV to extend their stay applying for the Australian Sponsorship...

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Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, New Zealand Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Top Expat Destinations

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey there were named the top countries to live abroad and best places for expats. More than 14 000 people from 174 nations took part in the survey which had to choose the best place amongst 191 countries globally. The main categories which were judged for placing the top countries are as follows. 1. Quality of life, it combines many aspects of life but the most significant considered here are – personal happiness, safety and security, transport, health, leisure. The winner in this category is Taiwan. Second one is – Ease of settling in, which consists of friendliness, feeling welcome, finding friends, language. Here the winner is Mexico. This is the country where people feel very well when stepping the first time and find friends easily. The third one is, personal finance – for many is by far one of the most important aspects for securing your future and the one of their family. Clear leader here is Taiwan followed by Ukraine and Ecuador. China and India are also in top 10. Next category is – working abroad, often this is the driver for moving abroad and it concerns – the career, work-life balance, job security. The best place to work is Luxemburg. Talking about work–life balance the leader here is New Zealand, Australia is also in top 10 here. For information about visas follow the links,  Australian business or tourist visa or New Zealand visa. Family life is the final one – it combines factors like family well-being, availability, quality of education, childcare. Here number one is Finland securing best place for your family. Countries like Australia, Germany, Israel are also in the top 10.   The overall leaders in the survey are: 1. Taiwan, 2. Malta, 3. Ecuador. In top 10 are also countries like...

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Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Top 10 Countries with Highest Job Opportunities

One of the most important decision a person has to take is finding a good job and professional environment. Long time ago people used to work for one employer their entire life and usually it used to be where they were born. Nowadays technology and modern way of life gives the opportunity to have much more options to choose from. More liberal Legislations and democracy gives a lot to people who want to have the career and professional development they want in the country they want to live and have happy life. Boundaries are not obstacles any more Visa and work permits are not obstacles as well/check visafirst.com/ There are a number of countries which economies are growing and they need professionals to help fill their needs of good work force. In this research the top 2 positions are occupied by Asian countries.   Singapore Hong Kong United Arab Emirates Australia USA France China Netherlands UK Mexico The leader in this research Singapore has huge needs in telecommunications and IT sector. The stable economy and good business relations of the country on global level creates a lot of opportunities for qualified people. The runner up Hong Kong is famous for its global trading and business environment as well as great tourist destination which provides a lot of opportunities for young and ambitious people who want to explore new culture and have some Asian experience with global business environment. 3rd place is for United Arab Emirates. This country has a lot of resources mainly thanks to its oil. There are a lot of huge projects financed by the government and a lot of opportunities in the oil and engineering sectors as well as construction building. The huge demands of those industries and endless resources leads to good salaries for people that are not afraid of the hot climate. Number 4 is for Australia a vast country with endless needs for people in any sector of business and skill sets. The surprising country here is Mexico. Famous for its culture, good climate and famous tourist destination. The country has 14th largest...

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Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Australia, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

5 Tips for Working in Australia

If you are looking for a career challenge in a country of almost unlimited opportunities, Australia should be your first choice because the demand for qualified overseas workers in most Australian sectors is really strong. The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week and the employees are entitled to four weeks annual leave. 1. Working in Australia as a backpacker Looking for job in Australia while you are travelling is much more different compared to job search at home. You may need to consider different opportunities you would never have done before or accept weird working hours. Backpackers are allowed to work only 12 months. Those looking for a longer term job can apply through SkillSelect for permanent positions. Working Holiday makers who intend to work in construction, will need the so called “white card” and a day of safety training. And those intending to work behind the bar and to serve alcohol, should have passed RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) training. You can find a lot of vacancies online while still at home. Some of the most popular websites for job search are Gumtree, Backpacker Jobs and Seek. If you want to extend your first Working Holiday visa with another 12 months, you need three months seasonal job in regional Australia. Gumtree is a good place to look for seasonal jobs. Remember, don’t pay anything upfront as a ‘deposit’. Get familiar with the Working holiday visa  1. Working in Australia as a backpacker We are sending people to Australia for so many years now. Are you eligible? Check the main requirements below: – be aged 18-30 – hold an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months after your proposed return – have no dependant children – be able to prove sufficient funds – be of good character and meet the health criteria. Look for the cheapest flight to Australia The flights are cheaper in April, May, June and November, so if you want to save some money book your flights around that time. Another saving tip: If you are sure you won’t be getting a...

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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 contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 3, 2015 in Australia, Backpacking, Migration News, Work in Australia |

Au Pairs Allowed to Stay with One Family in Australia for Up to 12 Months

Au pairs are now allowed to work in Australia on their Working Holiday visa for up to 12 months with one employer, i.e. in one family. Previously they needed to stay no more than 6 months with one family because of the conditions of working holiday visa. What is Au pair? This is usually a young foreign national living in a host family helping with the childcare and household. Au pair is growing in Australia as more and more families avail of its numerous benefits. Au pairs willing to extend their 6 months stay with the same family can now apply for an extension for up to 12 months. This rule comes into effect immediately. It will also be available for au pairs already in Australia who want to extend their stay with another 6 months. To qualify for an Australian Working Holiday visa, you need to be aged 18 to 30 and hold a passports from one of the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. You also need to meet the other criteria for Working Holiday visa, which can be found here – Eligibility. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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