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Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia |

Streamline Processing of 457 Visas Next Year

The Australian government announced changes on two visa programs taking effect next year – the sponsorship visa (subclass 457) and the investor visa. Sponsorship visa (457 subclass) Generally, it should become easier for the business to hire overseas workers on a sponsorship visa. The processing of all three parts – sponsorship, nomination and visa applications will be streamlined and the focus will be on monitoring strictly the high risk applicants and giving more credit to the low risk applicants. The pay rates and the work conditions remain the same as well as the minimum salary of AU$53,900 ensuring that foreign workers are paid at least the Australian market rates. The minimum wage amount might be reviewed in the next two years. The English language requirement will be more flexible depending on the industry and occupation of the applicant. The sponsorship approvals will extend from 12 to 18 months for start-up businesses. The idea is to help Australian business find qualified work force faster as the scheme is too burdensome for the employers at the moment.   Investor Visa The other change concerns the Australian investor visa. Next year, Australia will introduce a new Premium Investor Visa giving residency after one year to those who invest $15 million. This visa program actually exceeds the current Significant Investor Visa (SIV) giving permanent residency to those who invest $5 million in Australia for at least four years. The investment eligibility criteria will be determined by Austrade in accordance to those areas and sectors of higher priority to the Australian economy. For more information, contact VisaFirst.  Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.  If you found this information useful, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Canadian Immigration, Living Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia is Top Spot for Irish

  More and more young Irish people are jetting off to Canada and New Zealand – but Australia still leads the way as the nation’s favourite immigration destination. Migration Index reveals that Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Wexford are the top five “feeder counties” while construction and engineering are the top two industries bringing the Irish abroad. Our statistics show that Canada is growing in popularity and that 18 – 24 year-olds are the ones most likely to apply for working visa abroad. The figures show an increase in the 18 – 24 age group travelling away for work, whereas the fall in the 25 – 34-year-olds  travelling could be accounted for by the fact that people in that age group who have left in the last few years have actually stayed away. The number of people involved in construction emigrating is dropping and is expected to continue to decline over the next few years as the Irish building industry picks up. But although this number in the construction industry will going to fall over the next few years, this industry in places like Australia and Canada continues to grow, so there will always be opportunity for Irish people. We expect a rise in the number of teachers heading off to Canada and Australia. There are currently numerous employment opportunities in this area in Canada, Oz and New Zealand, we believe we’ll see a steady flow of nurses and teachers travelling into 2015.  Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.  If you enjoyed this post, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Sep 4, 2014 in Australia, Living Abroad, Migration News, Study Abroad, Work & Holiday, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

From Madrid to Sydney

A reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement was signed yesterday between Australia and Spain. It will allow 500 young people from both countries to head overseas on a holiday and be allowed to work or study. It will also give them a great opportunity to discover a new culture and exchange experience. It’s slightly different from the Working holiday visa as you need to have at least functional level of English or Spanish, be supported by your Government or be a tertiary-level student. It’s expected that this agreement will foster people-to-people links and will boost the constructive relationships between the two countries. Both Australia and Spain declared they will work hard in the coming months to bring this visa into effect.  Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.  If you enjoyed this post, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Migration News, Study Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

Overseas Migration will Continue to Increase Until 2016

The Immigration Department in Australia expects that the overseas migration will reach about 250,000 by the end of September and will continue to increase by 2016. This forecast takes into account the number of visa grants as well as data from official sources about the Australian and World economic growth. It also counts the immigration policies announced recently. So, here are some figures: the estimated number of student visas will reach 120,000; 44,000 sponsorship visas will be issued to temporary workers; 65,000 visas to working holiday makers, 48,000 people will get tourist visas and 7,5000 other temporary visas. It is expected that 40,000 skilled workers will be approved, 35,000 family visas, 14,500 humanitarian visas and 5,000 other permanent visas will also be granted. Let’s summarize what it is all about: more and more overseas students will be grated visas for Australia. This is a result of the department efforts to introduce post study work arrangements. Thus the overseas students graduating in the country have the chance to remain longer if they are eligible for a temporary Graduate visa upon completion of their study. Working Holiday maker arrivals will keep on fairly steady by 2018. Visitor, skilled and family visas are also expected to remain unchanged, so no dramatic changes are expected here. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today.       Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Work in Australia |

Lucrative Job Opportunities in Australia

So you are looking for a new career, maybe you are at a crossroad in your current job or you have recently graduated and don’t know what to do next. Either way, choosing the right position for you is integral to your future growth, but it can also be confusing. Australia has a wealth of opportunities for new career paths and even though we are living in a world of austerity, there are certain career paths that are not only enjoyable but also extremely lucrative. Here are some of the most lucrative careers to start considering today. Engineering Are you an inquisitive person? Do you get excited by learning how things work and why they work? If this sounds like you, then you should give the field of engineering some thought. Engineering is a very broad career path to take, with people employed within the sciences, mining construction companies, architecture and technology. With a career in engineering the possibilities are endless – you could be designing new eco-friendly technology or constructing the latest mining innovation. Mining and construction topped the 2012 highest wage list last year, with many workers earning more than $2200 a week which is double the pay of 20 years ago. If this sounds like a career path that you wish to take, then you may need to look at the training requirements for engineers. Ordinarily this will include a degree in engineering or a related subject and on the job training. However there are some firms that also encourage apprenticeships for passionate graduates and school leavers. Accounting and Finance If you have a distinct aptitude for numbers and finance, then you may want to consider a rewarding financial career. Again, there is a vast wealth of jobs under this umbrella term all the way from bank cashiers through to management positions. If you wish to help a company grow and develop then an accounting career may be perfect for you. Positions within the accounting sector can be challenging as you have to use your initiative to make sure companies are staying on the right financial...

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Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in Australia, Australia Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Why you should work in Australia?

Why you should work in Australia You probably already know what Working Holiday is and how to get Australian working holiday visa. We write about it all the time. However there is one very important question which you probably ask yourself – Why? Why to work in Australia, why to travel in Australia… Why Australia? That is actually very easy question to answer. Everybody talk about global finance crisis, a lot of countries suffer from it, but Australia remained relatively untouched by these negative effects. The extensive reserves of coal iron ore, copper, gold, natural gas, uranium, and renewable energy sources in Australia are attracting a lot of foreign investors and keep the economic in great levels. Also the country is leading tourist destination and its popularity is growing daily. This lead us to several reasons to work in Australia. Make some serious cash! Even tough the costs of living in Australia is high (higher than United Kingdom, Ireland and USA for sure) – the pay there is even higher! Australia offer one of the best average salaries in the world. You could easily make some serious cash, often double than your current one. In some job sectors the payment is even higher – one week wage is the same as one month in UK/USA. Even with the higher living costs there you could make as much as triple your average wage. Let’s be honest – this is pretty big reason to work in Australia! Job opportunities The unemployment rate in Australia is incredibly low – 5.2% (November 2012). While in other countries there is job shortage (several unemployed workers for one job opening), Australia has skilled workers shortage (more job openings than suitable skilled workers). This shortage gives lot opportunities to find good job with great payment. Even tough there is 6 month restriction for working with the same employer – finding good job twice for year in Australia is much easier than finding job in other countries (including United Kingdom/USA/Ireland). If you seek job in specific area you may have to send a lot of resumes, but...

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