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

Irish working holiday backpackers needed in West Australia

  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...

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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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Posted on Jul 18, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News |

Australian Working Holiday Makers Who Work In The Hospitality Sector Call For Visa Extension

Hospitality jobs are one of the most popular choices for Australian Working Holiday Makers. Thousands of young backpackers, however, cannot extend their stay in Australia, because tourism industry is excluded from the list of occupations that are eligible for Second Working Holiday Visa. The Federal Australian Government is currently under pressure to allow working holiday makers who work in hospitality related jobs, the same one-year visa extension, which is available for backpackers, who are doing work in regional farming, mining, forestry, fishing or construction sector.  Recently a new research made by the Australian Tourism Export Council was published. It showed that such a move can bring around 225 million dollars in the local economy in the next ten years According to the statistics of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship nearly 22 000 young travelers extended their Working Holiday Visa by completing three-month specified work in regional Australia. Some critics have expressed the opinion that adding hospitality industry to the list of the eligible Second Australian Working Holiday Visa occupations will do more harm than good. According to them this will lead to over flooding of the hospitality-related jobs with applicants, who want to extend their visa, which will create a lot of competition and make it more difficult for individual working holiday makers find a job in the sector Business owners from the tourism filed, however, think that the possibility of over flooding the job market with applicants is very low. The industry expects that more than 55 000 working places will go unfilled by the end of 2015. The influx of working holiday makers in the hospitality field can be life-saving for many businesses. Visa First is a leading immigration consultant. We can help you apply for your Working Holiday Visa fast and hassle-free today. Please visit our site for more information blog.visafirst.comMore...

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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...

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Posted on Jun 15, 2012 in UK Working Holiday, Work & Holiday |

UK makes the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme availbale for South Korean citizens

South Koreans will soon be able to participate in the UK Youth Mobility Scheme. On 12th June the governments of Britain and South Korea signed an agreement, which will allow 1000 young people from South Korea to work and travel in UK for up to 2 years. In addition to that, the same number of British citizens will have the opportunity to visit South Korea. The British ambassador to South Korea Scott Wightman issued the following statement, concerning the new agreement: “We are extremely pleased to welcome South Korean young people to our youth mobility program. This is a significant opportunity for both the UK and South Korea, an opportunity to strengthen and build on the cultural and economic ties that exist between us and to promote mutual understanding” The Youth Mobility scheme will provide opportunities to young Korans to experience the British lifestyle, to expand their cultural competence and to significantly improve their English language skills. Furthermore it will allow them the boost their CVs with high-value international working experience, which will give them important advantage when they return in the domestic job market. On the other hand many young British people will be able to have a first hand encounter with the fascinating culture and traditions of South Korea. In order to apply for the UK youth mobility scheme the South Koreans must secure a certificate of sponsorship, which is issued by the South Korean immigration authorities. The Youth Mobility Scheme is part of the Tier 5 UK’s points-based system for visa applications. Therefore all of the applicants must score 50 points on total from all of the following categories. • Nationality – Being citizen of South Korea is worth 30 points • Age – People, who are under 31 years, will gain 10 points • Maintenance funds – £1,800 cash funds or more are equal to another 10 points. The official start date of the UK youth mobility scheme for South Korea is still not set, but will most probably be at some point in the next few months. Visa First is one of the leading...

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Posted on Jun 6, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News |

Small number of incidents may give a negative image of the Irish Working Holiday Makers

Small number of Irish working holiday makers, who were involved in several shoddy incidents may give a bad name to the vast majority of young Irish people, who are coming to Australia on a working holiday visa. Currently there are 21,753 people from Ireland in Australia under the working holiday visa program. This is an absolute record number, which is 50% higher than the same period of the previous year. Nevertheless it is expected that even this number will be surpassed when the new statistics is released in the end of this year. There is also a record 20% increase in the number of Irish people, working in Australia with a 457 Visa (Australian Sponsorship Visa). This visa is usually given to professionals in areas such as engineering, medicine and computer science. During this year however a small number of working holiday makers were involved in a set of incidents that may hurt the image of the Irish community in Australia. In January for example a group of Irish people were charged with working illegally on a building project in New South Wales and were consequently deported. In February in the same province there was a similar incident registered. In Queensland, small number of bitumen-layers was requesting payments of several thousand of dollars for a low-quality work. During April and Irish man was convicted for using stolen credit cards. Michael Hegarty from County Meath, together with to accomplice from Australia, bought stolen credit card numbers from internet and managed to spend 35 000 Australian dollars from them before being caught by the police and convicted to 90 days in jail and 150 hours of unpaid community work. The money was mainly spent for limousines, luxury hotels, and expensive meals at local restaurants. In May a group of Irish Working Holiday Makers in Perth were warned by the police, that they may be deported if they do not stop with their antisocial behavior. The police was seeking help from various GAA clubs to spread the message. In one email that was sent by one such club to its members it...

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