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Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, New Zealand Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Top Expat Destinations

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey there were named the top countries to live abroad and best places for expats. More than 14 000 people from 174 nations took part in the survey which had to choose the best place amongst 191 countries globally. The main categories which were judged for placing the top countries are as follows. 1. Quality of life, it combines many aspects of life but the most significant considered here are – personal happiness, safety and security, transport, health, leisure. The winner in this category is Taiwan. Second one is – Ease of settling in, which consists of friendliness, feeling welcome, finding friends, language. Here the winner is Mexico. This is the country where people feel very well when stepping the first time and find friends easily. The third one is, personal finance – for many is by far one of the most important aspects for securing your future and the one of their family. Clear leader here is Taiwan followed by Ukraine and Ecuador. China and India are also in top 10. Next category is – working abroad, often this is the driver for moving abroad and it concerns – the career, work-life balance, job security. The best place to work is Luxemburg. Talking about work–life balance the leader here is New Zealand, Australia is also in top 10 here. For information about visas follow the links,  Australian business or tourist visa or New Zealand visa. Family life is the final one – it combines factors like family well-being, availability, quality of education, childcare. Here number one is Finland securing best place for your family. Countries like Australia, Germany, Israel are also in the top 10.   The overall leaders in the survey are: 1. Taiwan, 2. Malta, 3. Ecuador. In top 10 are also countries like...

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Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in New Zealand, New Zealand Working Holiday, Working Abroad |

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa – the Complete Guide

New Zealand has signed working holiday agreements with many countries and that is why so many young people are heading to New Zealand to spend a year or two working and discovering the Kiwi’s country and culture. If you also want to join them, have a look at the information we’ve summarized for you. Visa requirements The great thing about the New Zealand Working Holiday visa is that it lets you work temporary during your stay in the country. So, you can work and travel for up to 12 months or up to 23 months if you are a British passport holder and up to 6 months if you are from Austria, Malaysia or Singapore. You should be 18-30 years of age, but if you are from a few selected countries, you may also qualify if you are 18-35. Another requirement for the visa is to have a return ticket or sufficient amount for the return flight. You may apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday visa if you are from one of the following countries: Argentina Finland Malaysia Spain Austria France Malta Sweden Belgium Germany Mexico Taiwan Brazil Hungary Netherlands Thailand Canada Hong Kong Norway Turkey Chile Ireland Peru United Kingdom China Israel Philippines USA Croatia Italy Poland Uruguay Czech Japan Singapore Vietnam Denmark Korea Slovakia Estonia Latvia Slovenia   During the validity of this visa, you can leave and re-enter the country for as many times as you wish. Applying for the New Zealand visa You can apply for your New Zealand Working Holiday visa or call us now to book a visa immediately. Alternatively you can fill in the online registration form to request a call back. Processing time The processing of this visa is really straight forward. It takes us just 48 hours or 2 working days to organize the visa for you. In a small number of cases, you might be requested a further verification of personal details which might slightly delay your visa. But if this happens, we will notify you what’s further required by the New Zealand Immigration authorities so that we...

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Posted on Aug 7, 2014 in Backpacking, Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme between New Zealand and Croatia Announced Today

The Croatia Working Holiday Scheme will allow 100 young Croatians annually, age between 18 and 30 to study, work and holiday in New Zealand for up to 12 months. Croatians under the New Zealand Working holiday visa are not allowed to be involved in permanent job contracts with New Zealand employers or work with one and the same employer for more than three months. They can enrol in one or more educational courses or trainings for up to six months. Croatia is a member of the European Union and this program is compliant with the similar schemes already available for other EU nations. There are over 100,000 New Zealanders of Croatian origin living in New Zealand and approx. 2,550 Croatian nationals living in New Zealand today. This scheme will open on 11 Aug 2014 for the first time, so hurry up and submit your registration for New Zealand Working Holiday visa with Visa First today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in New Zealand, New Zealand Working Holiday, Travel Destinations |

The Top 10 Places in New Zealand You Shouldn’t Miss

New Zealand (Aotearoa) is called the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. It has also been known as ‘God’s Own Country’ and the ‘Paradise of the Pacific’. New Zealand is a land of stunning natural beauty: picturesque beaches, wonderful rivers and lakes, steep fiords and active volcanic zones, tempting pastures, forests and mountains. It’s a dream destination and a once-in-a-life place to visit, so if you are planning to go there for the first time or you plan to return, look at our suggestions what you should not miss there: 1. Auckland Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and one of the best places in the country. We recommend the AucklandArtGallery, the Bush and Beach Tours, the AucklandWarMemorialMuseum, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, GreatBarrierIsland, Auckland Zoo, WaihekeIsland, WaitakereRanges, SkyTower.   2. Milford Sound R. Kipling called it the ‘eight wonder of the world’. It’s formed by glaciers during the Ice Age. Cliffs rise from fiords crowned by mountains and waterfalls. The scenery of Milford Sound is truly spectacular that has remained unchanged throughout the ages.   3. Lake Tekapo It’s a magnificent and energetic lake with intense milky-turquoise colour. You can enjoy the lure of salmon and trout fishing here, mountain biking, water sports, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, scenic flights and golf.   4. Christchurch The third biggest city in New Zealand, it was devastated by four large earthquakes between Sep 2010 and Dec 2011, but the city is live and back to normal again. One of the best places to visit here is the Cathedral Square and the CanterburyMuseum, the Garden City, a journey in the Christchurch Gondola and the ChristchurchBotanic Gardens.   5. Bay of Islands Bay of Islands is one of the best places for fishing, watersports or sailing. This region is made of 144 islands between CapeBrett and PureruaPeninsula. The Bay of Island is about three hours by car from Auckland. You should not miss the Hole in the Rock, an opening in a rock formation that you can sail through when the tide is right.   6. Queenstown Queenstown is also known as the...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in New Zealand Working Holiday |

Top 4 job areas for New Zealand Working Holiday Makers

Searching for a new job can be a stressful experience for everyone. Therefore we decided to put together a brief list with some occupation fields that are available for people, who are in New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa. Adventure Tourism There are many opportunities for adventure tourism all around New Zealand. Adventure tourism includes various activities such as skydiving, bungee-jumping, surfing or swimming with dolphins. Most of these activities are not cheap. Therefore working at an adventure tourism company may be a great idea for working holiday makers, who want to save some money and have some fun at the same time. Even for people without industry-related working experience, there could be job places available in non-qualified positions like front office, sales and reservations, and housekeeping. Horticulture Fruit picking positions in New Zealand are available at places such as vineyards or farms that cultivate kiwis, strawberries, apples, and avocados. This type of work is hard and physically demanding but could be a great opportunity for people who are searching for short-time employment. It should be noted that fruit picking is a job that depends on the weather and on the season. Therefore people, who want to work in this area, should be more patient and flexible attitude towards the job. Hotels, Tourism and Hospitality Working at hotels, bars, pubs, restaurant, hostels etc is another popular opportunity for New Zealand Working Holiday Makers. A job such as waitressing for example provides excellent opportunities to meet new people and to get the feel of the city in which you are working and travelling. When you become an expert in a particular city you may consider taking job in a hostel, advising other tourists and working holiday makers about local events, travel and sightseeing landmarks that are interesting to visit. A lot of those hostel positions may provide you with accommodation as well. Ski Resorts The mountain range South Alps extending along much of the length of New Zealand’s South Island feature many world-class ski resorts. Two of the most popular are Queenstown and Wanaka. Those resorts offer a lot...

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Posted on Aug 22, 2008 in New Zealand immigration, New Zealand Working Holiday |

New Zealand Working holiday visa over 30

Is there a way to receive New Zealand Working Holiday Visa if you are over 30 years? The short answer is “No, you can’t.“. However that doesn’t necessary mean that you can’t go to New Zealand. Many people doesn’t realize that there are a lot more options to work in New Zealand except the Working Holiday. You can easily obtain either New Zealand skilled migration visa or General Work Visa and get there. Here is real example: One of our visitors had an interesting query about New Zealand Working Holiday visas.  In short the person is interested whether there is a way for him to travel on the Working Holiday Program despite the fact he is 34 years old. As you already read – he is not eligible for the Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand, however he has several alternative options. Please, read down to find out what they are. Veronica: Welcome to the Visa First live chat! How can I help you today? VisaFirst client: I will be traveling to New Zealand for holiday next month and wanted to know if there is a way to qualify for the Working Holiday visa if I am over 30. Veronica: We can help you get a visa through sponsorship or applying for residency. Veronica: Unfortunately you cannot qualify for the Working Holiday visa if you are over 30. VisaFirst client: I don’t really want to apply for residency, I only plan on being there for 6 to 9 months. What would I need to qualify for sponsorship? Veronica: What occupation do you hold? VisaFirst client: I have been in restaurant and retail management for the past 10 years. Veronica: OK, would you by any chance be able to find an employer in New Zealand willing to sponsor you? VisaFirst client: Probably, but not until I arrive there. Would I need to have a sponsor before arriving in New Zealand? Veronica: Unfortunately you will need to find one before arriving in New Zealand VisaFirst client: Would the position have to begin right after arriving in NZ? I was hoping to...

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