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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 lot...

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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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Posted on Jun 5, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News |

Working Holiday Visa Lottery in Germany

Australia is a top choice destination for a lot of young people from Germany, who want to travel. Many students visit the country after high school or after university in order to gather valuable working and international experience and to improve their English language skills. In order to let young people to fulfill their travelling dreams, the government agency Tourism Australia organizes a working holiday lottery in cooperation with several Australian states. The prizes are 12 working holiday visas together with exciting jobs. As an additional stimulus will serve the fact that the winners will have a possibility to take a friend with them so that they can travel and work together. All Germans between 18-30 years can participate. An additional requirement is that all participants involve their friend in the game. Later they can choose one person from their Facebook community and travel with him/her in Australia. In Queensland there are two exciting jobs that the winners can take. The first possibility for the winners is to work as a Reef Guide on the biggest coral reef in the world. The employer will be the leading Great Barrier Reef tours and cruising company Quicksilver. The participants will have the opportunity to gain experiences in different touring tasks as well as to participate in the local program for supporting and promoting sustainable ecotourism in the area. The second winner will also have the opportunity to work as a Reef guide, but with different company – Cruise Whitsundays. He will have to work together with marine biologist and divers. Their tasks will be to learn as much as they can for the current state of the reef and then to transmit this knowledge to the tourists. The jobs will take place between September this year and March next year. There will be also a possibility for a weekend work. The salary will be the usual for the sector (around 18 dollars per hour) Visa First is one of the leading independent Working Holiday Visa consultants. We can help you arrange your Working Holiday Visa and your journey to Australia. Find...

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Travel |

Backpackers jobs in Australia

The Working Holiday Visa allows young people not only to travel to Australia, but also to work for 12 months, so that they have enough money to finance their adventure. Finding a job provides all backpackers with an opportunity to explore the labor market in Australia and to settle down in one place for a longer time period, in order to be able to experience the Australian day-to-day life. Because of the recent resource boom, which Australia is experiencing it is now relatively easy for most young people to find a temporary backpacker job. Typical working holiday jobs include: farm work, fruit picking, field work, tourism and cuisine/gastronomy. With a little bit of luck it is also possible to land on well-paid office jobs, which will later look good in the CVs as well. The so called temporary jobs in which someone works with a certain employer for up to six months are very common in Australia. This is really good for backpackers, because the working holiday visa allows its holders to stay with a given employer for a maximum of six months. The farm work and fruit picking jobs that are in the rural areas are really easy to obtain and the competition is not very big. Work positions in the large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, can however be more competitive and therefore a good English language skills can be advantageous. There are some things that should be taken into consideration before starting to search for a work. The first one is – opening of a bank account. This is a requirement in many cases, because most Australian employers do not pay salaries in cash. The international transactions are very expensive so there is no way to avoid the opening of an Australian bank account. Furthermore it is recommended, that all backpacker apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). The Tax File Number has to be shown to the employer before the beginning of the job. Without TFN it is still possible work legally, but the taxes that must be paid will be around 50%....

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