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Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Australia, Work & Holiday |

Reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement between Poland and Australia

Poland is the latest country to join the reciprocal work and holiday visa program with Australia. Thus, Polish and Australian young people aged 18-30, can now travel to each other’s country under this program. The places available are 200 for each country per year. Poland joins a number of countries included currently in the work and holiday visa such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey, The USA and Uruguay. For more information about the work and holiday program check 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 4, 2014 in 2 year Australian Working Holiday visa, Australia, Australia Working Holiday, Backpacking, Migration News, Working Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

The Conditions under the Australian Working Holiday Visa to be revised

Today, the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman announced that the conditions under the Working Holiday 417 visa are going to be revised because of some allegations that the working holiday makers are used as a free labour in regional areas. The working holiday 417 visa is granted to people under 31 to holiday and work in Australia for up to 2 years. Those who want to qualify for the second year working holiday visa, need to provide a proof that they’ve been undertaking work in a regional area and in certain industry for 88 days during the first year. The review of WHM visa will check the issues reported in the specific regions where many workers take temporary job. There were about 2000 requests for help from working holiday makers in the last 2 financial years addressing underpayment in sectors like hospitality, accommodation, agriculture, forestry and fishing. In addition, the Australian Fair Work undertakes investigations in other sectors known to hire a significant number of overseas workers such as horticulture, cleaning and retailing. The purpose of the current review of WHM visa is to ensure all those who work in Australia are treated fairly and that all overseas workers have the same rights as any other worker in Australia.   Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your working holiday visa fast and hassle-free 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 Dec 4, 2013 in Working Holiday Visa |

Greece and Australia sign a new Working Holiday Agreement

Greece will soon be added to the Working Holiday Visa program with Australia. The program will allow to young people aged between 18 and 31 years old to visit each other countries for a period of up to one year. Some Australian Working Union members have expressed a fear that an agreement with country such as Greece which have large rates o f youth unemployment might be disadvantageous for Australia. The reason for this is that there might be asymmetry between the numbers of people, which apply for the visa. As a result of these concerns the Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will meet Greece’s Ambassador to Australia. The will discuss whether a possibility exists that a lot of young people from Greece depart for Australia using the Working  Holiday Visa program, without having the necessary information and skills to be successful on the Australian labor market. According to the Greek community in Australia there are a lot of new people coming forms Greece since the beginning of the economic crisis, most of them however have wrong or inadequate information about living and working in Australia. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is calling for a moratorium on the working holiday visa programme amid worries that floods of young people from abroad means that young Australians are losing out on jobs. Nevertheless the immigration minister Scott Morrison said that the program will continue since its benefits are much more that the disadvantages that it has. Meanwhile, the Australian-Greek Welfare Society has organised an awareness campaign in Melbourne to inform the new immigrants about the visas and the immigration law in Australia. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

The number of Australian Working Holiday visas that Australia has issued rises significantly

According to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship there is a large increase in the number of Working Holiday Visas that were issued during the current year. Australian Working Holiday visas allow young people aged between 18 and 30 years to live and work in Australia for up to one year. In some cases those visas could be extended for one additional year. This happens when the visa holders agree to undertake job assignments in some pre-designated rural areas. All applicants must come from such countries with which Australia has signed reciprocal Working Holiday Visa agreements. The first Australian Working Holiday agreement was established back in 1975 and at that time only three countries were participating – United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland. Since that time Australia has signed working holiday agreements with various other countries. Presently more than 15 countries participate in the program in addition to the three initial participants. As of 1 November 2013 those countries are: Japan South Korea Malta Germany Sweden Norway Denmark Hong Kong Finland Cyprus Italy France Taiwan Belgium Estonia and Netherlands During 2012/2013 years more than 200 000 thousands Working Holiday Visas were issued to young people from abroad who want to visit Australia. The top five countries of origin for Working Holiday Visa applicants are: United Kingdom – 38,782 (up 8.6%) South Korea – 29,614 (up 8.1%) Taiwan – 28,599 (up 57%) Germany – 24,687 (up 17%) France – 22,539 (up 22.6%) DIAC notes that there were also large increases in the number of working holiday visas granted for Italy (up 64%) and Hong Kong (up 50%). There were also 38,862 second Working Holiday visas issued in 2012/13 to backpackers who had completed three months working in a designated rural area. Much of the increase in the number of Working Holiday Visa can be explained by the Global Financial Crisis which started during 2008 and which has led to record levels of unemployment in many European countries. In addition to the subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa, Australia issues subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visas to citizens of ten other countries....

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Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in Travel, Working Holiday Visa |

Free Giveaway: Enter to win Australian or New Zealand Working Holiday Visa!

There are many reasons why you should to go to Working Holiday in Australia or New Zealand. While most of the people want to go to Working Holiday because of the better payment and job opportunities, others want to travel or meet new people. Whatever the reason is – the Working Holiday is great way to give yourself one year away, make some extra money and explore the world. That’s why we decided to give a Working Holiday Visa for free! How to enter the Giveaway? Sign in with your Facebook or Email address below. You will be given the opportunity to earn more entries, this is optional and you can skip these using the ‘skip’ link in the bottom right hand corner. When the giveaway is over 1 winner will be chosen and all entrants will be notified More entries – bigger chance to win! Disclaimer You must be eligible for the visa you choose in order to take it. Check the 1st year Australian Visa requirements, 2nd year Australian Visa requirements, New Zealand Visa requirements or Work & Holiday visa requirements to see if you are eligible. The winner can choose which one of the visas to get as reward. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 25, 2013 in Australia, Working Holiday Visa |

There is a decrease in the number of Irish people applying for Australian Working Holiday Visa

Australian authorities have recently published data about the working holiday visa applications during the previous year. Surprisingly the number of Irish applicants went down by 25%. The may lead to the conclusion that the number of people that are coming from Ireland to UK is decreasing, but is this really the case. The basic statistics shows that between July and December around 6500 Irish citizens have received working holiday visa that is a 20% decrease in comparison with 2011. This figure however does not include the activity of the Irish expats that already live in Australia. If we dig a little deeper, we will see that there were 3,735 Irish expats who applied for a second year visa which was an increase of 33.7% on 2011. Official information also shows that there were 15,005 Irish people in Australia with working visas on 31 December 2012. Despite the size of Ireland this figure represents the fifth highest expat community in Australia behind the UK, South Korea, Taiwan and Germany. The demand for foreign skilled workers continues to grow in Australian. The mining industry and the construction sector are especially active in hiring such kind of foreign professionals. There was 18,4% increase of the employer sponsored visas granted to Irish citizens during 2012. The performance of the Australian job market is impressive given the fact that most of the world economies are shrinking due to the global financial crisis. The conclusion that can be drawn is that Australian remains attractive option for many Irish Immigrants. The underlying trend seems to be very positive with more Irish expats looking further afield for economic prosperity no doubt partly caused by the difficult economic situation in Ireland at this moment in time. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle free today. Please visit our site for more information blog.visafirst.comMore...

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