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Posted on Nov 14, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Living Abroad, Migration News |

Australian tourism industry protests against the increase of the Working Holiday Visa prices

A lot of the members of Australian tourism industry say that they strongly oppose the increase of the price of Working Holiday Visa which is going to be implemented on 1 January 2013 by the government’s treasurer Wayne Swan. Around 30 of the most important backpackers product are represented by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC). The organization will spearhead the issue on behalf of the industry with a joint letter to the Treasurer. According to Peter Ovenden who is a board member of ATEC,  the Australian youth work and travel segment of the Australian tourism industry has been hit very hard in the last several years by the rising Australian dollar and the stiff international competition. An increase of the cost of the Working Holiday Visa will therefore mean an additional burden for the sector.  In support of his opinion Peter Ovenden cites a statistics which shows that although there is an increase in the number of Working Holiday Visas issued, there is a decrease in the money and the time which the average working holiday maker spends in Australia. Furthermore the latest overseas arrivals figures published last week by the Australia Bureau of Statistics show 5,1% decrease in the September quarter  arrivals from the UK and other countries in the Eurozone. This indicates the pressures which the global fiancial crisis puts on the international youth exchange industry. Australian Tourism Export Council recommends that some measures such as extending the regional working category, reducing financial requirements and allowing multiple visa opportunities can increase the ten-year spend of the working holiday makers with 700 million Australian dollars which will produce the necessary revenue effect for the Australian economy which the treasurer Swan searches to achieve with the rise of the prices. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your working holiday visa fast and hassle-free toady. Please visit our site for more information blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 16, 2012 in Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Taiwan is one of the largest source for Working Holiday Makers for Australia

According to recent statistics of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Taiwan is the fifth largest source of Working Holiday Makers for Australia after Britain, South Korea, Ireland and Germany. During 2011 there were some 130 000 people visiting Australia with Working Holiday Visa. Around 9000 of them were Taiwanese citizens. This is and 45% increase in comparison with the previous year – the biggest growth of any country participating in the program. Taiwan and Australia signed their mutual working holiday agreement in 2004. Australia is the only country which does not impose limits on the number of Working Holiday applications from Taiwan. Taiwan also has working holiday agreements with New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Britain and Germany, which all set annual quotas for Taiwanese visitors under the program. The number of foreigners coming to Taiwan is however much lower to the number of Taiwanese going abroad under the working holiday program. The reason for this is the fact that it is very difficult to find a job in Taiwan without speaking the local language. According to a recent statistics released by the Taiwanese foreign ministry only 928 people entered the country with a working holiday visa during 2011. Most of them come from Japan, South Korea and Australia. The Taiwanese Ministry is currently working on another working holiday agreements with Ireland and France. The ministry said that such programs were launched to encourage students to venture overseas to broaden their horizons and enrich their international experience and should not be seen as merely “laborers.” Visa First is a leading 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 Oct 10, 2012 in Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Ireland and Taiwan sign new working holiday agreement

Ireland and Taiwan have signed a mutual working holiday agreement earlier this month. The agreement will give the opportunity to young people from both countries to visit each other’s country for a period of up to one year. The new program will have an established quota of 400 people. It will start at 1 January 2012. In order to be eligible to participate in the program, the candidates must be between 18 and 30 years old. They will be enabled to visit the partner country for purposes such as tourism, work, or privately funded studies. During their stay they will have the right to apply for a temporary job to finance their extended holiday.   According to the Irish Foreign Ministry the program will offer a lot of advantages from both sides such as long lasting friendships between the youth of both countries. Furthermore it will help young people to expand their international experience and broaden their horizons by learning new language and experiencing a different culture and lifestyle.   Ireland is the eighth country with which Taiwan has launched such a program, after New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the UK, the ministry said. Taiwan is to become the seventh country to participate in Ireland’s working-holiday program, along with Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. An official source from the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry who wished to remain anonymous revealed that Taiwan intends to begin negotiations about establishing Working Holiday Program with other European countries such as Belgium and Netherlands. This is a clear sign that the Working Holiday Program is in accordance with the desires of young people in Taiwan to trave abroad and to take part in international youth exchanges. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Irish Working Holiday Visa fast and hassle-free. Please visit our site for more information Photo source: Flickr blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2012 in Work & Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Working holiday visa opportunities for Irish citizens

What is traveling? For some people traveling is to visit new places and meet new people. For others traveling is just moving from point A to point B. According to the dictionary traveling is “to go, move, or journey from one place to another”. For us traveling is all these things plus having fun while doing it. Working holidays offers you all that and even much more. What traveling means to you? But what exactly are working holidays? It is simple, working holidays are agreements between two countries that allow young people to travel to another country for up to 12 months and to find temporary work there to fund their stay. Here we will compare for you some of the most popular working holiday destinations that Irish people choose, like Australia, Argentina, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and USA. Age limits or how old should I be to apply for Working Holiday Visa? To apply for working holiday visa for most of the countries (Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Korea) you must be of age 18 to 30. For Argentina and Canada the age limit is 18 to 35. To apply for visa for Japan Working Holiday you must be age 18 to 25 or up to 30 upon agreement with the authorities. The USA Working Holiday program is the only one with age limit 18+. Working Holiday Visa duration or how long can I stay? Almost all of the working holiday visa programs allow you to stay in the country for up to 12 months, starting from the date of entry. Some of the visas are valid for 12 months from the date of issue (Canada, South Korea), or you have 12 months to enter the country before they expire (Australian and New Zealand Working Holiday). Only the visas issued from Argentina are valid for six months from the date of entry and you must enter the country within 3 months of the issue date. Some of the countries (like Argentina, Australia and Canada) allow you to extend your working holiday visa or...

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Posted on Sep 22, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Irish working holiday backpackers needed in WA

West Australia is launching an aggressive Irish recruiting program in search of more than 2000 working holiday workers in the tourism and hotel business (waiters, chefs, bartenders, receptionists, housekeepers and managers). The Australian Hotels Association discovered that less than 7% of all Irish working holiday backpackers are traveling to Western Australia to seek jobs, however because of the huge and fast turnover and the several new hotels planned to be built in Perth there is big need of workers in regional Western Australia. The state branch of the Australian Hotels Association said that there are 1500 unfilled positions for hospitality workers in Western Australia on any given day. Representatives from the branch will travel to Ireland next month with the mission to convince the eligible skilled hospitality workers (between the age of 18 and 30) to come to Perth and regional Western Australia on working holiday. They will target all Irish considering working holiday in Eastern Australia. Travel and Work Western Australia The Australian hoteliers will visit Dublin on October 2 and 3 presenting free seminars under the name “Travel and Work Western Australia”. In these seminars the Australian hoteliers will present Western Australia as “the most beautiful and dynamic” The chief executive of the Australian Hotels Association, Bradley Woods, also state: “At the ‘Travel and Work WA’ seminars, people will get information on Western Australia, find out how much they will get paid, and meet pub and bar owners, hoteliers and managers from hospitality businesses located in Perth and regional Western Australia, including beautiful Australian holiday destinations like  Broome and Margaret River.” Mr. Woods hope to double the percentage of Irish working holiday backpackers in Western Australia and Perth. Trying to attract more Irish workers he also says: “If you are an enthusiastic and experienced hospitality worker willing to travel to Western Australia then there may be a position waiting for you. Coupled with extraordinary travel opportunities, breathtaking landscapes and great weather, Western Australia (WA) could be just the overseas experience you’re looking for!” All visitors of the seminar will get a booklet with some basics about Western...

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Posted on Aug 3, 2012 in Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

New Zealand and Vietnam establish a Working Holiday Agreement

New Zealand and Vietnam have recently established a Working Holiday Agreement. The Working Holiday scheme will allow to young people from each country to spend up to 12 months working and travelling in the other country. Both the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs announced that the new agreement had come into force on 31 July this year. This is the first Working Holiday Visa program for Vietnam, New Zealand on the other hand has already around thirty such schemes established with various countries. The main objective of the new Working Holiday Scheme is to enhance the cultural exchange between Vietnam and New Zealand by enabling young people from both countries to stay as visitors with the possibility of working in order to finance their travel. According to the Vietnamese Minister of Labour the program will stimulate the mutual understanding between New Zealand and Vietnam by providing the working holiday makers with the opportunity to experience the culture, the lifestyle and the language of the host country. The agreement that was signed during December 2011 sets an annual limit of 100 people from both countries that will be granted visas. In order to receive a Working Holiday Visa all of the prospective applicants must meet the following requirements: They must be between 18 and 30 years old. They must possess a degree from an Institution of Higher education for applicants from Vietnam and National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 2 or higher for applicants from New Zealand. They must show that they have enough funds (at least NZ$4,200 (around US$3,400))  in order to support themselves during the stay in New Zealand. The New Zealand ambassador in Hanoi Heather Riddell, has encouraged all successful applicants to search for temporary work places, but has reminded them that the main purpose of the new program is to provide young people with the possibility to enjoy their holiday rather than to work. Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to obtain your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa fast and...

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Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Living Abroad, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Canadian companies are searching to employ Irish Working Holiday Makers

Canadian companies are searching to hire people from Ireland who have obtained their Working Holiday Visas during the current year. During the last several weeks, Visa First received hundreds of calls from Canadian employers who are looking for these Irish workers. According to the Visa First records, around 5400 Working Holiday Visas for Canada were issued during the last few weeks. The Working Holiday Program allows to young people to visit Canada and to work there for a period of one year. In order to be eligible all applicants must be aged between 18 and 35. Furthermore they must be citizens of countries with which the Canadian Government has signed a bilateral working holiday agreement. Some of the most popular professions for Canadian Working Holiday Makers are: chambermaids, ground workers, drivers, warehouse operatives and diesel mechanics. The increasing demand for Irish workers in Canada means that those people who were granted a visa during the last week will have high chance to get a job even before they have left Ireland. “This working holiday visa gives the bearer the right to work and travel in Canada for up to one year,” said Edwina Shanahan, manager at “From our experience most travellers would prefer to have a job secured before they travel so that they don’t waste any time and money once they get there looking for work. “We would estimate that approximately half of those who were granted the visas, maybe 2,000–2,500 people have not yet left the country on their trip, some people have not even booked their flights. We are confident that we could secure employment for approximately 80 percent of this group.” Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Canadian Visa fast and hassle free today. For more information please call: 01 878 3329 and 0207 659 9180 .   blog.visafirst.comMore...

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