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Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Working Abroad |

US H-1B Visa is Stopped

Recently the H-1B visa was stopped. Obviously the new president of USA is going to make a lot of changes to the US visa and migration policy. Earlier this year Trump banned passport holders of 7 countries from entering USA. It echoed globally and in the same time made a statement that US border control will be stricter than ever. The US officials say that H-1B visa could be on hold for about 6 months. This may cause a lot of issues to many applicants and in the same time to US business. Usually holders of this kind of visas are highly qualified professionals. Those employees are on high demand in USA as the country feels deficit of such work force especially in the technology and IT sector. Last couple of years the Silicon Valley was signalling for high demand of IT and engineers to support the needs of the corporate business. The high tech industry is key factor in US economy, as some of the world’s biggest companies happen to be American ones working in the Silicon Valley. Annually the number of H-1B visa number issued is 65 000. There is an exclusion if the first 20 000 application are holding a US master’s degree are excluded from this number and the total visa number could jump to 85 000. Some of the biggest companies who will suffer from this decision are Google, IBM, Delloitte. The supporters of this act are claiming that this will stimulate business to hire local talents or to work in a way to create environment good for producing such pool of people. The official government statement is claiming that the department needs to concentrate on requests for extensions and other long pending petitions. Further to this ban over H-1B visas was announced that restrictions will be set for the spouses of the H-1B visa holders. This will limit significantly the chance for working in USA. The only option will be finding a sponsor for the H-1B visa, volunteer or go back to school. About 70% of the H1-B visa holders are of Indian...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2017 in Europe, Ireland, Working Abroad |

The Best Country for Expat Families

When choosing a place to move the first and most important factor to think about is the job. It is of highest priority and influences all other aspects of life abroad. It is very different story when the person is not single and have kids. Many other factors come to the scene to be evaluated and issues to be resolved. Among the top factors is the education of the kids, the safe environment, meeting with the new culture, healthcare and others. In this report for 2016 for the Family Life Index 45 countries took participation. The ranking is based on several factors concerning the good quality of life of the kids and their families. The top factors are childcare and education – availability, options, cost as well as quality. High priority is given to the overall family well-being. The top place is taken by Finland. The top place was secured by the highest results in the survey in the categories for child health, safety and child well-being. In the category for childcare education the country scores very high as well. The majority of the parents /70% / compared to the global average of 21% are satisfied with the quality of the education. The only downside is the lower place/25th/ in the category family life satisfaction in general. The second best in this survey comes Czech Republic. May be surprising for many people but it comes well-deserved. The availability and cost of childcare and education are rated very high. Families have mixed feelings about the quality provided. In regards with the family well-being the result is also moderate. Luckily, the children healthcare is mostly rated positive and 91% of the respondents are satisfied. Third this year is Israel. Securing 3rd place is thanks to the high number of childcare options. Education options and quality are also areas where most parents are satisfied, 84% voted positive. Children healthcare and family well-being are also given positive feedback. Areas where improvement is needed are children safety and family life in general. In top 10 is also Australia (7th). The hot continent is one...

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Posted on Jan 20, 2017 in Ireland, USA, Working Abroad |

United States Immigration System

United States are one of the most desired destinations for immigrants in the world. It is famous for giving opportunity to everyone hungry for success and work. Everyone knows the moto “the land of endless opportunities”. For sure there is a reason for that and it stays for decades. It is proven that it is the most productive economy. Experts say that China will catch up in some years. In order to keep the country and its economic strong the government has designed a very complex immigration system. There are several categories which are defining the paths and frames for accepting a person as an immigrant. The first one is – Family-based immigration. This category allows US citizens to bring relatives to the United States. The applications are accepted if the person is immediate relative to a citizen or through family preference system. Immigrants should comply with some eligibility criteria and petitioners as well. The relatives must be spouses of US citizen, unmarried minor children under 21 or parents of US citizens 21+ years of age. The second category is – Employment based immigration. The US allows different professionals with valuable skills to enter the country on a temporary or permanent visa. The temporary employment based visa allows the applicant to work for certain time in USA. On temporary visa the visa holder has limited chances to change his employer having in mind that the application is submitted by the hiring company. There are many visas in this category for high skilled employees and less skilled. The permanent category is limited to 140 000 per year and includes relatives of applicants. The third category is: Per-Country Ceiling. This category sets limit to the number of immigrants from each country per year. This rule is created to prevent any group from dominating others in USA. Refugees and Asylees category. This category is created to protect certain vulnerable people. In this category are people who cannot go back to their countries due to live threatening reasons. Refugees are admitted to US based on inability to return to their country due to race, membership in particular...

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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 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 Jul 7, 2016 in Europe, Living Abroad, United Kingdom, Working Abroad |

Brexit and Free Labour Movement in Europe

Recently Europe and European Union faced a big economic and political crisis which echoed globally. The effect over the economies and financial markets was immediate. Billions were lost and the British pound dropped significantly. After all what does it mean and how it will affect the average European citizen his normal life and freedom of traveling in Europe and UK? One of the main concerns for the average person is how he is going to travel and if the immigration processes will be affected after that decision. Inevitably there should be big changes in UK and EU regulations for people traveling to and out of UK. The perfect example for countries not part of EU and free movement of people in EU are Switzerland and Norway. Those two countries are not members of EU but are members of the EU free market and European citizens can freely travel in those countries. The main question is what restrictions for controlling the movement of labour in order to keep UK economy healthy and in the same time limit the number of people entering UK. From business perspective restricting workforce is not going to be the correct decision as this will make the economy less competitive against other economies providing more cost effective models. One thing is sure both EU and UK need to find the right solution to secure safe business and easy movement of people. For more information about Visa requirements visit visafirst.com Visa FirstMore...

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