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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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Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in Australia, Australia Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Why you should work in Australia?

Why you should work in Australia You probably already know what Working Holiday is and how to get Australian working holiday visa. We write about it all the time. However there is one very important question which you probably ask yourself – Why? Why to work in Australia, why to travel in Australia… Why Australia? That is actually very easy question to answer. Everybody talk about global finance crisis, a lot of countries suffer from it, but Australia remained relatively untouched by these negative effects. The extensive reserves of coal iron ore, copper, gold, natural gas, uranium, and renewable energy sources in Australia are attracting a lot of foreign investors and keep the economic in great levels. Also the country is leading tourist destination and its popularity is growing daily. This lead us to several reasons to work in Australia. Make some serious cash! Even tough the costs of living in Australia is high (higher than United Kingdom, Ireland and USA for sure) – the pay there is even higher! Australia offer one of the best average salaries in the world. You could easily make some serious cash, often double than your current one. In some job sectors the payment is even higher – one week wage is the same as one month in UK/USA. Even with the higher living costs there you could make as much as triple your average wage. Let’s be honest – this is pretty big reason to work in Australia! Job opportunities The unemployment rate in Australia is incredibly low – 5.2% (November 2012). While in other countries there is job shortage (several unemployed workers for one job opening), Australia has skilled workers shortage (more job openings than suitable skilled workers). This shortage gives lot opportunities to find good job with great payment. Even tough there is 6 month restriction for working with the same employer – finding good job twice for year in Australia is much easier than finding job in other countries (including United Kingdom/USA/Ireland). If you seek job in specific area you may have to send a lot of resumes, but...

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Posted on Nov 30, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday |

Australia and Urugay sign a Working Holiday Agreement

Australia and Uruguay have signed new Working Holiday Agreement that will allow their citizens to enjoy extended holidays in each others country. Uruguay is currently the last country to sign a Working Holiday Agreement with Australia joining other countries such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States of America. The Australian minister of Immigration Chris Bowen signed the agreement with the ambassador of Uruguay in Australia Alberto Fajardo in the Parliament house in Canberra. The agreement provides young university-educated Australian, who are aged between 18 and 30 years old to work and live in Ecuador for up to 12 months. The Working Holiday Visa will help its participants to experience new culture and will foster the economic and cultural ties between Australian and Uruguay.  Furthermore the agreement reinforces the mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries, which is based on shared interests, greater economic cooperation, and growing trade and tourism links. According to the Australian Immigration minister Chris Bowen there will be an initial limit of 200 people, who can participate in the program. In the upcoming months the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship will work hard in order to bring the agreement into effect so that young people from both countries can begin to enjoy the benefits of this visa program. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian Working Holiday Visa fast and hassle free today. Please visit our site for more information   blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday |

Australia expands its Work and Holiday Program

Australia is beginning to negotiate with Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel and Greece about establishing new Work and Holiday Programs. The new discussions with these countries show the value of the bilateral relationship that Australia has with those countries. Chris Bowen the Australian minister of immigration thinks that establishing a Work and Holiday Program with them will further strengthen the intercultural ties and the people to people links. Once the programs are implemented, young Australians and citizens of the partners countries aged between18 and 30 years will have the possibility to visit each others’ country. The will be allowed to work and travel within a limits of a year. Each of the work and holiday visa programs will have an annual limit of visa grant numbers. The work and holiday visa differs from the working holiday as it requires all prospective applicants to secure the support of their government. In addition to that they must hold or be studying towards such degree. The must be able to speak English at least at a high-intermediate level as well. On the successful conclusion of negotiations with each country, they would join Australia’s existing work and holiday arrangement partners: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. In the meantime the Nationals Farmer Federation wants changes to the Australian visa program to be implemented. They propose the agricultural work to be included to the occupations eligible for 457 Second Working Holiday Visa. The reason for this is that Australian farming industry faces serious workers shortage as the young Australians prefer to enter in different career fields Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian Working Holiday Visa fast and hassle-free today. Please visit our site for more information blog.visafirst.comMore...

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