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Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Living Abroad, Travel, Working Abroad |

Working and Living Abroad – A Complete Guide

Today the world has become a global village and we are all free to choose where to live, study or work. Although it’s usually a rewarding experience, living abroad might be stressful if you haven’t considered all risks and responsibilities in advance.   Make a Research Before you buy a ticket or accept a job offer from an employer abroad, you should think of the safety and security issues in your destination country; the economic and political situation there, cultural and climate peculiarities as well as health and educational systems. This will help you determine the social environment you’ll be living in, and prevent you from an isolation. Also, try to calculate your costs abroad – the cost of living in your host country, how much you’ll need to spend on shipping, accommodation or tuition, take into account all duties, taxes and fees you’ll need to pay there. First Steps to Take – Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months – Start preparing your paperwork. Roughly, you’ll need to prepare the following items:    valid passports and other identity documents for you and your accompanying family members    birth certificates for yourself and your dependants    marriage certificate or evidences of a de-facto relationship    trade or professional certificates and diplomas    bank accounts, payslips, employment reference letters from previous employers    up-to-date CV, etc. – Think of a safe accommodation arranged before you arrive in your host country. If you are going to Australia, you can arrange an accommodation pack with VisaFirst here. It includes Airport pick-up, Accommodation and breakfast and Information orientation and job advice. – It’s preferable for you and all your family members travelling with you to visit your health-care provider at least six weeks before departure to ensure you don’t have any health issues upon arrival. Health is always with top priority. – No matter how long do you intend to live abroad, you need to purchase the best health insurance for a long term you can afford covering your personal health needs and those of your dependants. Contact VisaFirst for...

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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 Sep 2, 2014 in Working Abroad |

Most UK Contractors Want to Work Abroad

 According to a research carried out by an international recruiter, 77% of all UK contractors are willing to work abroad. As one of the top reasons they cited the higher take-home pay. Another reason is the better work-life balance and almost 44% simply wanted to experience working and living abroad. Although for some of these guys the higher salaries and tax benefits are really tempting to relocate, for others leaving family and friends behind is not an easy job. Most of the contractors complain of the labyrinthine UK tax system. Under the new rules over the residency, the contractors will need to safeguard themselves against paying income tax on their overseas earnings by ensuring their contracts cover the entire year. There are also other ways to ensure that foreign earnings are exempt from UK tax but they are so complex that contractors risk falling foul of them. It’s different for the contractors paying little or no tax working abroad. If the UK Tax office (HMRC) forces them to still pay UK income tax, this will undermine one of the biggest advantage of working abroad. Working abroad for most of the tax year means contractors will not pay UK income tax if they return to the UK only for short breaks.  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 Aug 25, 2014 in Ireland, Migration News, Working Abroad |

Top Employers are Trying to Plug the Skills Shortage in Ireland

 About 50% more work permits were issued to non-nationals in Ireland for the first seven months of 2014. A lot of the work permits were issued in the ICT sector.   There’s an extremely high demand of experienced IT specialists in the country at the moment because a huge number of these professionals left Ireland during the downturn and there’s a gap in the industry at the moment. If there are no native people with particular ICT skills, the employers are usually looking for such specialists from overseas. Dublin and Cork were the two destinations where it was usually quite busy. But it was also busy in Limerick and Waterford. More than half of the work permits issued this year were for foreign workers based in Dublin. The second-highest number of permits went to people located in Kildare, followed by Cork, Leitrim, Longford and Carlow. Indian citizens got one third of all work permits issued so far, followed by the US citizens. The overseas workers with highest rejection rate were from South Africa, where half of all 52 workers who applied for Irish work permit were refused. The other countries with high refusal rates were China, Brazil and Bangladesh.  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 Aug 19, 2014 in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia’s Economy is Still Healthy

 The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the national accounts which show that Australian economic figures still look optimistic. The mining sector is still booming! Mining is still bringing one of the highest percents towards the annual growth – well in front of the insurance and finance sectors. There are not so many new mines in Australia but the growth in exports is mainly from the mining industry. This is also visible in the growth in gross value added by each sector. The export of goods and services is booming as well – 10.4% increase in the past year which is the strongest growth for more than a decade.  Both nominal and real growth is strong. Labour productivity continues to do well. GDP per hour worked increase 2% in the past year. The labour productivity has increased even more prominent for the last five years – 12.9% growth. The household consumption percentage points continued to grow in the past year. The largest amounts spent are on hotels and restaurants, financial services and insurance. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ wage price index rose 2.6%. For more information, contact www.visafirst.com. 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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