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Posted on May 16, 2016 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Working Abroad |

Fort McMurray: Fire & Rescue

For decades, Fort McMurray has been the hallmark of the Canadian energy and natural resources industry, situated in the north of Alberta, Canada. It is a cold industrial city with temperatures rarely reaching above 10 °C. However, Fort McMurray is a big draw for people from overseas or from less economically stable parts of Canada like Newfoundland and Labrador. Fort McMurray is a massively multicultural city, with people moving hoping to find lucrative work in Tar Sands and oil fields. Even as the economy declined and work in the oil industry dried up throughout 2014, 2015 and in to 2016, people from all corners of the world flocked to Fort McMurray. The Burden of the Fort Mac Wildfire On May 1st 2016, the Fort McMurray blaze took hold. With the potential to be more devastating than any economic or financial disaster in the area, the fire in Fort Mac will likely become one of Canada’s biggest and most costly natural disasters. At the time of writing, the fire has been burning for two weeks. Currently no cause has been identified but it is speculated that a drier than usual winter high temperatures in the region led to the wildfire outbreak. Although wildfires are a natural and necessary occurrence, the Fort McMurray Fire has been exceptionally devastating to both the environment and the economy: The wildfire spans more than 2400 square kilometres with smaller hotspots outside the city perimeter; 94,000+ residents were evacuated; 2400 homes and buildings have been destroyed with some areas reporting losses of 70% and 90% of all homes; 530 buildings have been damaged; The oil industry is estimated to lose $760 million worth of production in the month following the outbreak of the blaze; The recovery cost is currently estimated at $9 billion with insurance pay-outs estimated to be between $2.5 and 5 billion; A significant spike in O2 emissions is expected; A general surge in waste , toxicity and water and air pollution. What Comes Next Over the coming months, huge rebuilding operations are set to take place in Fort McMurray. With the extent of...

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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 Apr 28, 2015 in Working Abroad |

The 7 Biggest Working Abroad Mistakes

The decision to look for a work abroad is a big one, it might even be the decision of your life, so you need to look at every step carefully, considering factors like cultural differences, social lifestyle, climate etc. So, what are the biggest blunders you should try to avoid? No. 1 – Not being aware of the local employment legislation, income tax rates, yours and your employer’s obligations, etc. It is crucial to research this before you go to have an insight of what is admitted or forbidden in your destination country. It may also help you better understand the relationships in your prospective job place. No. 2 – Not calculating your costs – Remember, you are going to work, not going on a vacation and you can’t afford to underestimate the hidden costs of moving abroad, renting a place, a security deposit for the house, health insurance etc. You need sufficient funds to support yourself and/or your accompanying family for at least 4 weeks (just in case). Budget carefully to ensure a smooth move to your new country. No. 3 – Not visiting your new location before accepting the job offer. If possible take a trip to your new country beforehand. Thus you can meet interested employers, you can show your real commitment and after all this is the only way to get ‘a feel for the place’. No. 4 – Not knowing the destination you are heading off to work. Making an internet research or reading a guide for the place won’t be sufficient, you need to find out people who have spent a certain time in the country and make connections with someone who’s still there. Get as many opinions and perspectives as you can. No 5 – Not moving for the right reason – being in the country on a holiday and working in this same country are completely different experiences. Think about what you’ll get over there and what you’ll leave in your home country. If you are moving abroad because of your partner’s job you need to analyze what would your own...

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Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Ireland, Working Abroad |

42 percent Increase in the Number of Irish Work Permits Issued Last Year

The total number of Irish work permits issued in 2014 amounted to 5,495 which is a huge increase compared to 2013. The industries that attracted the majority of the newcomers to Ireland were the health industries and the IT sector – almost two-thirds of all work permits went in one of these business areas. Unsurprisingly, IT sector is the top one, dominating with 2,303 work permits; and another 1,446 were issued to health–related occupations. Irish work permits are grated only to people outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland. For 2014, the highest number approvals went to India nationals (30%), 12 % to US, and 9% to Pakistani passport holders. The Irish government was questioned why Ireland needed to hire so many IT specialists from overseas. Their reply was that the work permits are only issued on the basis of applicants skills, qualifications and work experience, expected to be in high shortage in the country. Though Ireland has made a significant progress on increasing the number of students enrolled in ICT programs recently, there are still gaps in the industry that need to be fulfilled from abroad. There’s already ICT Skills Action Plan starting from now to 2018 to source the Irish ICT graduates and specialists in both directions – from Irish universities and through inward migration by returning Irish IT graduates from both EU and non-EU countries. 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 Jan 16, 2015 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

5 Facts About the Australian Work 457 visa That You Need to Know

The Australian Sponsorship visa, subclass 457, is a temporary work visa allowing you to work in the country for up to 4 years. It’s also a pathway to permanent residency. This is one of the most famous Australian visas, 13,980 sponsorship visa applications have been lodged for 2014 program year ending 30 Sep which is 31% higher than the previous program year. The top 5 citizenship of the applicants granted Sponsorship visa last year: India, UK, China, USA, Philippines and Ireland. Although, the main concept of the Work 457 visa is clear and simple, there are complications from both employer’s and employee’s end. Here are top 5 pitfalls that you might not be aware of: You may apply for permanent residency after working in Australia for just 2 years on a Sponsorship visa. Most of the 457 visa holders usually go under the so called ‘Temporary Residency Transition Stream’ and apply for a permanent Employer Nomination scheme after working in Australia for 2 years. The minimum salary level is AU$ 53,900 however, if there’s an Australian working in the same business on the same position like you, your employer will need to pay you at least the same amount as them. This requirement is called Market Salary requirement. If there’s no Australian employee at an equivalent position like yours, your employer would need to prove you will be paid the same amount that an Australian would be paid for the same position, in the same business sector, in the same location. The Australian Immigration considers some 457 applications and occupations as high risk and scrutinizes them. These are usually occupations in cafes and restaurants or occupations in start-up businesses operating for less than 12 months. Start-up businesses are required to provide additional information, and to prove the position they want to hire is genuine. Such approvals are usually granted for 12 months rather for 4 years. Your employer will be required to provide evidence that the position has been advertised and no Australian was able to fill in the position. This requirement is based on the fact that the...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Migration News, Working Abroad |

Alberta Provincial Nominee Program Needs More Places

Canada Provincial Nominee Programs are focused on attracting overseas skilled workers to fulfill the local labour market needs and to nominate them for permanent residence. There are two main ways you can immigrate in Canada under the provincial nominee program – as a skilled/semi-skilled worker with a job offer or as a business entrepreneur. Some provinces have additional categories to go. Once you get Provincial nominee approval, you need to apply for permanent residency and the Canadian Immigration makes then the final decision on your visa application. You can migrate with your spouse and dependent children. The quota on the programs is limited and Alberta has been given 5,500 places for skilled and semi-skilled workers for 2014. All places have been fulfilled before the end of the year due to Alberta’s strong economy and the number of temporary work permit holders in the province. Alberta already addressed the issue with the federal government. Ric McIver, Provincial Minister of Jobs said: “We think we are going to be 96,000 workers short by 2023 and most of those [are for] skilled and good-paying jobs.” He also added: “The amount we need will change from year to year, depending on how good the economy is, whether it is up or down,” he said. “Removing the cap seems like a responsible thing to do. The federal government has not officially replied to Alberta’s query. 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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