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Posted on Apr 24, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Videos, Working Holiday Visa |

Backpacker Boom in Australia

More and more people head off to Australia. Young individuals, left with no alternative, head Down Under to spend the next 12 months in search for adventure and temporary job placements. The rising number of people travelling on the Australian working holiday visa will definitely have a positive effect on Australia’s economy. Despite the rising number of working holiday makers from Germany and the UK, the tourism industry will suffer a drawback, but less devastating than predictions from last year. If you are considering a working holiday in Australia and like what you see in the video above, why not give it a shot? Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Mar 26, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Work & Holiday |

Australia Working Holiday vs. Work & Holiday

More than 12% of the temporary visitors in Australia use one of these visas to spend an extended holiday Down Under. There are some major differences between the Australian work & holiday visa (Subclass 462) and the Australian working holiday visa (Subclass 417) that you should know about: The Australian working holiday visa is for people from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom. The Australian Work and Holiday is for people from Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. The Work and Holiday visa is for tertiary educated people – continuing their studies after high school. The Work and Holiday visa travelers can not apply for a second visa, which is an option with the Australia work and holiday visa. If you require assistance with an Australia working holiday or work and holiday visa, you can always contact us. 24/7 status report on your visa is provided as well. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Australian Backpacker or a Trekkie?

Well, if you are both than be sure you are near Sydney in April. The reason is no other than the world premiere of the latest Star Trek movie. Australian trekkies sure are lucky to be the first to see the latest addition to Gene Roddenberry’s universe. According to BBC the upcoming movie will have it’s premiere in the Sydney Opera House on the 9th of April. Leonard Nimoy, who originally starred as Spock had joined a cause for the movie to hold it’s premiere in a small Canadian farming town called Vulcan, however that initiative did not go far, partially due to the fact Vulcan has no cinema. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Mar 11, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Quick Australia WHM Program Facts

Over 154 148 people were granted Working Holiday visas to Australia in 2007-08. It is expected that they would spend 2.4 billion Australian dollars while on a working holiday. About 8 % of all applicants will apply for a second working holiday visa. The 22% of the working holiday visas 2007-2008 were granted to UK citizens, followed by Korea with 21%. Australia has another 18 reciprocal agreements with other countries. On average working holiday makers stay in Australia for 9 months and spend $16,000 during their stay. Last fiscal year (2007-2008) 98% of all applications for working holiday visas were filed online. 89,568 of these visas (57.9%) were granted automatically. Only 0.6% of all working holiday makers overstayed their visas. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jan 29, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Australia – Hit the road!

Wondering what to do this summer? Why don’t you and your friends take your trustworthy backpacks and hop across to Australia? An Australian working holiday visa and a ticket and all that is between you and 12 months of excitement. What next? Go on and buy a rusty old camper van. You can find them for as low as 1000AUD. It will be you home for most of the time. Care for it, as it is your new mate. It will always let you stay in for the night and it will not hasitate to give you a ride to th next town. The van on the picture even has a fridge and a gas stove installed. Be sure to get yourself familiar with common regulations. Road fines are the last thing you want, while crossing the country. If you are interested to see what the top 20 road fines are, you can visit this ABC blog post. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 22, 2008 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Average Weekly Earnings in Australia

Hi there, Working Holiday Makers! In 2009  many of you will undertake a journey to Australia and spend at least one full year there. Once you are in that new place you are faced with so many challenges and decisions. What is ahead of you? Where are you going to stay? Will you find a good company to travel with?  What about a job, will you find a job with a decent salary? Well, I can’t answer most of these questions, however I can give you a rough idea of the money you might be able to earn. As you are aware you are only allowed to work to supplement your travels, but this does not mean you can’t get a good paycheck. I got the following information from the Australian Bureau Of Statistics. All information on it is free and it can be accessed by anyone, so if you are interested to know more about Australia I advise you to browse around. How much are Australians earning in 2008? Currently, Australians working full-time earn about 4,5% more than what they used to get back in August 2007. If last year you have earned $1,100 per week, this year you get $1,145. Multiply this by 4 and you will get about $180 extra per month. Now, there are a lot of people working part time, so they have to be considered when calculating all employees total earnings (full-time ordinary time, full-time in general and part-time).This figure might be more relevant to you, the Working Holiday Maker. According to the ABS the weekly earnings of an Australian citizen in August 2008 were $897.9, compared to $875.1 in 2007. This still means that the average Australian is receiving about $100 extra per month. There are several states in Australia. Which state offers the highest income? Most of you are not going to Australia to make a fortune. You are going Down Under for a number of reasons, however only a few of you are considering migration, at least at the beginning. The salary is not the most important thing for a...

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Posted on Dec 4, 2008 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Australian Work Related Expenses

If you intend to travel to Australia and work for a while there is a very good chance that you can get a few bucks back by filing a tax return at the end of the tax year. Many working holiday makers tend to overlook the details and do not always get the maximum possible amount back. Work-related expenses – You need to keep track of them. They might easily be refundable and the amount can be included in your tax return. If your work-related expenses are below $300 (AUD) you don’t even have to provide receipts, however you have to be able to show that the deductions are related to your income. You also have to show how you calculate the claimed amount. If your expenses exceed the $300 threshold you need to provide receipts for them. Which receipts should you keep, well – keep all of them. You never know when you might need them, and you can easily discard of them after the end of the tax year. If you like to receive a professional estimation of your Australian tax return, including all claimable expenses, take a few minutes and fill in this application form. Visa FirstMore...

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