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Posted on May 30, 2012 in Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

How to apply for a second Australian Working Holiday Visa in 2012

Since 2005 Australia made it is possible for Working Holiday Makers to apply for a second visa. There is however one very important requirement. People who want to become a second visa must prove that they did a “specified work” in an “eligible regional Australian area” for a minimum of 3 months. How is “specified work” defined and what kind of activities it includes? Prospective working holiday makers can check this on the Australian department of immigration and citizenship website. The list of specified work for a Second Working Holiday Visa originally consisted of only agricultural types of work, but it was later expanded The current list has five main categories of work. Here is the current list with the approved categories for year 2012: plant and animal cultivation fishing and pearling tree farming and felling mining construction People, who want to apply for a second visa can use as a proof the so- called Form 1263 (Working Holiday visa: Employment verification). It is crucial that all of the provided data is correct. It is a common procedure that Australian immigration authorities contact third parties in order to check the veracity of the information in the application documents for a second Working Holiday Visa. Another important requirement for prospective working holiday makers is that they need to have done work in an eligible regional area. According to latest regional postcode list published by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship eligible areas are the following: State/Territory Postcode Australian Capital Territory The Australian Capital Territory is not classified as part of regional Australia. New South Wales 2311 to 23122328 to 24112420 to 24902536 to 25512575 to 2594 2618 to 2739 2787 to 2898 Note: Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong. Northern Territory All of Northern Territory is classified as part of regional Australia. Queensland 4124 to 4125413342114270 to 427242754280 4285 4287 4307 to 4499 4510 4512 4515 to 4519 4522 to 4899 Note: Excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast South Australia All of South Australia is classified as part of regional Australia. Tasmania All of...

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Posted on May 29, 2012 in Travel, Working Holiday Visa |

The most popular travel routes in Australia

Many of the famous tourist routes in Australia are situated along the east coast of the country. Traveling from Sydney to Brisbane is one of the classical tourist routes that attract many foreign visitors. Sydney has something unique to offer to every individual tourist.  Traveling along the coast to Brisbane can also be very exciting and has many interesting intermediate stops. If you choose to this route your journey will start in Sydney – the largest and the most vibrant city in Australia. Sydney has a lot of famous landmarks – some of them like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge have become symbols of Australia. The city never sleeps, there is always something to do, somewhere to go, someone to meet. From pubs and clubs to 5-star restaurants everyone can find what he looks for.   Whoever likes to surf, there is a possibility for a so-called surf safari. Surf tours which start in Sydney and end in Byron Bay are organized on a daily basis. Along the way the most famous place for surfing on the Australian east coast are visited. Other highlights of the Sydney-Brisbane route are the large sand dunes around Stockton, which can be visited with motorcycle, quad-bike or off-road vehicle. Further along the road is situated port Macquarie. Many koalas can be seen in the surrounding forests. Further North, the way leads to Cuffs Harbour – the official banana-capital of Australia. The famous town Byron bay is also situated on the Sydney-Brisbane route. It has a reputation as a hippie town. Its famous Cape Byron Lighthouse is the most eastern point of Australia. Several Hundred kilometer down the road is Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Visa First is one of the leading Working Holiday Visa consultants for applicants from all over the world. We can help you to obtain your visa, open your bank and receive your Tax File Number number.   Find out more on our site blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 28, 2012 in Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Taiwan and France negotiate for Working Holiday Agreement

The Taiwanese ministry of foreign affairs said that Taiwan will continue its tries to establish Working Holiday Agreement with France. The country will propose the new French government a mutual Working Holiday Program after a new French cabinet has been elected. Taiwan has been trying for long time to sign a Working Holiday Agreement with France. Now the French Foreign Ministry finally supports the idea, but it will be ready to discuss the proposal only after the elections have finished. France currently has Working Holiday Visa agreement signed with numerous countries among which are: Canada, Japan, South Korea, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Germany. Foreign graduates that are graduating in Taiwan currently face a lot of restrictions if the y want to stay an work in Taiwan. They must have two years of related working experience and job offer, with a salary of at least NT$47,971 per month. There is currently a discussion in the Taiwanese government about loosening these restrictions in order the country to be able to attract new foreign talent. Lu Hsueh-chang, a legislator form the Chinese Nationalist Party, also supports this idea. The Taiwanese director of the Department of European Affairs James Lee said that the fact that second place that Sarkozy had on the recent elections, signifies the fact that the French nation is worried about rising economic issues such as high unemployment rate. Lee however argues that the working holiday visa will not contribute for increasing the unemployment rate in France, because the two countries will have an equal quota of Working Holiday Visa available to be issued each year. Visa First is one of the leading Working Holiday Visa consultants for applicants from all over the world. If you are interested in applying for one of the numerous Working Holiday Visa programs that we offer please visit the Working Holiday Visa section of our site in order to apply. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 17, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday |

Australia and Greece negotiating working holiday agreement

As the working holiday visa is beneficial for both Australia and the visa holders, Australia will be soon negotiating an agreement with Greece for granting the popular visa. Australia has agreements for working holidays with 15 countries so far. If Australia reaches an agreement with Greece, young Creek people will be able to go toAustralia for about a year and will be allowed to work while staying there and vise versa. Usually, this type of visa is granted for people between the ages of 18 and 30 years. This is not the first time both sides discuss such agreement. In the past, Greece would agree to let Greek citizens to live and work in Australia for certain period of time, but they would not want the reciprocity of the agreement. This time, however, things are looking more optimistic for both. Australia has working holiday agreements with the following countries: Belgium Canada Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Hong Kong Italy Japan Malta Norway Republic of Cyprus Republic of Ireland Republic of Korea Sweden Taiwan The Netherlands United Kingdom   blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 10, 2012 in Canadian Immigration, Living Abroad, Working Holiday Visa |

Documentary on working holiday program in Canada to be released in 2013

The Taiwanese Movie director Lin Yen-chieh is going to record documentary series that will record and chronicle the working holiday experiences of the Taiwanese youth in Canada. The purpose of the movie will be to increase the popularity of the working holiday program and to distribute the message that overseas work and travel programs can be much more than just fun and money-earning. Currently a large number of young Taiwanese are traveling on working holidays in many different countries such as Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and New Zealand. This gives them the opportunity not only to make some money, but also enrich their intercultural competence by immersing in a particular foreign culture and its language and establishing connection with a lot of new foreign friends. The movie director Lin Yen-chieh was himself one of the first people, which visited Canada in 2010 with a Working Holiday Visa, just immediately after the Working Holiday Program between Taiwan and Canada was established. At that time he was graduating student. The experiences that he gained while in Vancouver served him as an inspiration for the upcoming movie. The higher wages that he earned in Canada made it possible for him to work just few days in a week and he spent recording different events and people with his camera. After his Working Holiday Visa expired he decided to make a movie about six people, who are visiting Canada on Working Holidays. Each one is with different personality, but all of them are opened to foreign cultures and enthusiastic about their future. After the character casting has been finished Lin will spend one year with them in Canada documenting his/her experience. Up to this moment more than 20 people have shown interest to participate in the movie. The documentary will be most probably finished in 2013 and will take place mostly in Vancouver. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Australian tourism needs backpackers – changes in working holiday visa to apply

The Australian Tourism Holiday Council (ATEC) has proposed a change in the working holiday visa (WHV 417) to Australia, according to which backpackers will have to work in the tourism sector for three months. The changes in the working holiday visas to Australia are being discussed since last year due to controversial opinions. According to ATEC, the tourism sector has thousands of job vacancies that need to be filled up or else many tourism businesses are threatened to shut down. Thus, changes in the working holiday program are necessary. ATEC suggests that shortages in the tourism sector could be fixed if backpackers on WHV 417 are required to work three months in the tourism industry, as in exchange they will be allowed to stay additional 12 more months in the country. In addition, the age limit for working holiday applications shall be raised from 30 to 35 years of age. The costs for obtaining a working holiday visa shall be reduced, and multiple visa applications shall be permitted as one is between 18 and 25 years of age and the second one is between 26 and 35 years of age. “The current situation only sees around 22,000 people heading to regional areas to find work in defined industries to qualify for the possible second year extension,” explained Felicia Mariani, ATEC Director, and added, “There are 162,000 Working Holiday Visas issued each year in Australia; this means there are another 140,000 potential Working Holiday Visa visitors who could contribute to the Australian economy. “Within the 162,000 Working Holiday Visas issued each year, there is a clear desire from these people to work in the tourism sector and it is very likely the uptake on the 2nd year extension would be significantly higher,” she also said. The above-mentioned proposed changes to the working holiday visa, according to ATEC, could increase the annual GDP by A$85 million. Also, the working holiday makers will be allocated in particular regional areas in Australia which need boost the most. This way the A$2.3 billion dollars already spent by backpackers annually, would be concentrated in the...

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Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in UK Working Holiday |

UK Youth Mobility Scheme 2012 Available for Taiwanese citizens

New changes to the UK immigration rules have made it possible for Taiwanese citizens to apply for the UK Youth mobility scheme from January 2012 UK Border agency has allocated a quota of 1000 places for applicants from Taiwan for the UK Youth Mobility Scheme during the year of 2012. This corresponds to the number of places that the UK Citizens will receive in the Taiwanese Working Holiday Scheme. The application requirements for Taiwanese will be similar to those of other countries’ candidates. In order to apply for the program you must be between 18-30 years old. You have to possess maintenance funds in cash equal to £1600. Furthermore the prospective UK Youth Mobility Scheme candidates must send a color photo and their passport in support of their application. They must also confirm that no children under age of 18 lie under their responsibility. Appliers with Taiwanese passport must ensure that they possess certificate of sponsorship from Taiwan’s National Youth Commission. In order to obtain this document you have to register on the National Youth Commission website. You can check the details about the relevant deadlines and registration dates on the Youth Commission’s site as well.  You should also download the registration form and send it to the National Youth Commission together with a copy of your National ID card and proof of military service completion ( for males only). The maximum number of sponsorship certificates that will be issued in 2012 is 1000. If the applications exceed this number, 1000 of them will be chosen on a random basis. If the applications are less than 1000 all the candidates that meet the minimum requirements will receive sponsorship certificate. Visa First owns the largest working holiday center in London and is the No.1 UK Youth Mobility Scheme consultant for applicants from all over the world. We can help you obtain your visa quick and easy. For more information please visit the UK Youth Mobility Scheme section of our site. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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