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Do you Know Your Working Rights in Australia?

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Australia |

The 10 basic rights all employees in Australia are entitled to are: Maximum of 38 hours working week for standard week plus additional hours Annual leave – four weeks paid leave Parental and adoption unpaid leave of 12 months with an option to request another 12 months Personal / carer’s leave of 10 days Request flexible working arrangements Public holidays leave Log service leave Community service leave Notice of termination and redundancy pay Provision of a Fair Work Information Statement What are the minimum pay rates for foreign workers? In Australia, all employees are treated equally regardless if they are temporary work visa holders or Australian citizens. No one should be paid less than the minimum wage. The national minimum wage in Australia as of July 2015 is $656.90 per week, or $17 .29 per hour. Can you be paid in cash? Yes, if your employer decides so and as long as the appropriate taxes are paid to the Australian Tax Office. Alternatively, you can be paid using cheque, money or postal order or money transfer into your bank account. You should also be getting superannuation. Taking your wages in cash and not paying any taxes is against the Australian laws. All employers should issue a payslip within 1 day of your pay day. What are your working rights as a 457 Visa holder: The employers hiring overseas skilled workers on 457 visa need to ensure the conditions and pay rate offered are not less favourable than those offered on their Australians working the same or similar job in the same workplace. You and your family can be covered all travel costs in case you need to leave Australia – you only need to request this in written You are only required to provide the duties related to your approved occupation Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Canadian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share...

Australian Skilled Migration Update – September 2015

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Migration News |

Applications for the old skilled visas, subclass 175, 176 and 475 visa that are no longer eligible under the new General Skilled Migration Program have been capped and taken to have never been made. The Australian Immigration will issue refund of the application fees, but could a refund compensate people waiting for their applications to be processed for 5 years and more! Most of the Skilled Independent 175 visa applications have already been allocated and processed but the most affected people were those submitted family sponsored applications. This underlines again the current government policy to reduce the number of family migrants. Current Update on the SkillSelect From October, there will be two invitation rounds which will mean shorter waiting time for visa invitation There were only 20 invitations for accounts in the September round. It is expected that the minimum score for invitation in this occupation would be 65 for the rest of 2015. There are no more available places for External or Internal Auditors for skilled 189 visa and family sponsored 489 visa until July 2016. These occupations are only eligible for state nomination visas (subclass 190 and 489). Anyone willing to gain more points and thus increase their chances for visa invitation may consider any of below options: Improve their English language scores Claim points for spouse’s skills Complete a professional year program in Australia Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂  ...

Update on the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Canada, Migration News |

Alberta The Alberta Nominee program announced they will not accept new applications before 27 January 2016. The pause in processing new applications will ensure current applications are assessed on time. Alberta has been granted 5,500 nominations for 2015 by the Federal Government. As of September Alberta has issued 3900 nominations. British Columbia No more applications will be accepted for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee program. Applications will only be accepted for the following positions: Health care professionals for Skilled and Express entry visa and Northeast Pilot project. Applicants can apply for BC Provincial program again at the beginning of 2016 when a new point-based system will be introduced. Nova Scotia The province of Nova Scotia will increase the number of immigration nominations for its two express entry streams, increasing the number of nominations to 1350 for 2015. Ontario The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program is now called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. The name change does not affect the eligibility criteria or the requirements. The total number of nominations allocated for Ontario is 5,200 for 2015 including Express Entry and Immigrant Nominee program. Ontario has introduced two Express entry streams for skilled workers who want to settle down in Ontario: Human Capital Priority Stream French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Saskatchewan  There’s a threshold on the number of nominations that will be accepted for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. There are three streams in Saskatchewan – International Skilled Worker Stream, Saskatchewan Experience Stream, Enterpreneur and Farm Stream. There are 3,849 nominations left for International Skilled Workers for 2015.  1,000 applications left for the Express Entry and additional 1,000 applications left for International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand stream. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Canadian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂...

5 Tips for Working in Australia

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Australia, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

If you are looking for a career challenge in a country of almost unlimited opportunities, Australia should be your first choice because the demand for qualified overseas workers in most Australian sectors is really strong. The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week and the employees are entitled to four weeks annual leave. 1. Working in Australia as a backpacker Looking for job in Australia while you are travelling is much more different compared to job search at home. You may need to consider different opportunities you would never have done before or accept weird working hours. Backpackers are allowed to work only 12 months. Those looking for a longer term job can apply through SkillSelect for permanent positions. Working Holiday makers who intend to work in construction, will need the so called “white card” and a day of safety training. And those intending to work behind the bar and to serve alcohol, should have passed RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) training. You can find a lot of vacancies online while still at home. Some of the most popular websites for job search are Gumtree, Backpacker Jobs and Seek. If you want to extend your first Working Holiday visa with another 12 months, you need three months seasonal job in regional Australia. Gumtree is a good place to look for seasonal jobs. Remember, don’t pay anything upfront as a ‘deposit’. Get familiar with the Working holiday visa  1. Working in Australia as a backpacker We are sending people to Australia for so many years now. Are you eligible? Check the main requirements below: – be aged 18-30 – hold an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months after your proposed return – have no dependant children – be able to prove sufficient funds – be of good character and meet the health criteria. Look for the cheapest flight to Australia The flights are cheaper in April, May, June and November, so if you want to save some money book your flights around that time. Another saving tip: If you are sure you won’t be getting a...

Living in Australia After Graduation

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad |

If your study in Australia is near to its end and if you are not ready to leave Australia just right now, then you have no other choice but stay and look for a job! There are a number of options for those of you seeking a job in Australia. Job Opportunities for Graduates in Australia There are a lot of job opportunities for graduates from tertiary universities in Australia. Some of the most popular websites to look for a job are seek.com and gumtree.com where you can find great job vacancies for international students. Another option is the local job market. Skilled graduates from Australian universities are in high demand in the country, especially if their English language skills are advanced. A number of industries such as hospitality, health and tech Industries are growing in Australia and there’s a desperate need for skilled workers. Australian Graduate Visa Options Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) To meet the criteria for this visa, you need to be undewr 50 years old and have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from the Skilled Occupation list (SOL). You also need to be in Australia in order to aply for this visa; Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) This visa is for engineering graduates to gain up to 28 months skilled experience in Australia. To be eligible you need to be under 31 and in the last 2 years you have completed an engineering degree at one of the universities recognized by the immigration authorities. Cost of Living As a young working professional you need to have a clear idea of the cost of living in Australia. Those who have already lived in Australia as students might be aware that the salaries are good but the daily expenses are pretty high in Australia too. Cost of Living in Australia, 2015 Source: Numbeo.com Markets Avg. Milk, (1 liter) 1.47 A$ Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.84 A$ Rice (1kg) 2.93 A$ Eggs (12) 4.65 A$ Cheese (1kg) 9.68 A$ Chicken Breasts (1kg) 11.03 A$ Apples (1kg) 4.19 A$ Oranges (1kg) 3.70 A$ Tomato (1kg) 4.68 A$ Potato (1kg) 2.96 A$ Lettuce (1 head) 2.43 A$ Water...

Changes to visa law could help address skills shortages in Ireland

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Migration News, Press Releases |

Businessworld.ie: Changes introduced today by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) regarding the eligibility of certain occupations to apply for work visas, will go some way to addressing skills shortages in the country according to visa experts at www.visafirst.com.  Manager and Migration Expert with www.visafirst.com, Edwina Shanahan, claims that the changes will definitely be seen as a good thing for those sectors that are struggling to fnd qualified staff to fill certain roles. She claims that www.visafirst.com are often contacted by employers based in Ireland who need to look overseas for staff simply because the level of technical expertise in certain occupations is not available amongst the Irish workforce. In the year to date there have been approximately 4,136 permits issued in Ireland to workers from overseas – predominantly filling posts in the medical and nursing and ‘service industry’. Read full article here:...

Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Australia |

Melbourne has recently been ranked the most liveable city in the world for the fifth year in a row. And we absolutely agree with this! The city is home of great number of attractions and plenty of surrounding destinations. Look at the top 10 places that you should visit in Melbourne according to us: National Gallery of Victoria The National Gallery of Victoria is free, apart from special exhibitions. There is a Kids Space on the ground floor for the children to play in. Designed by Sir Roy Grounds, the National Gallery of Victoria’s international art collection is really outstanding. You can spend a wonderful day enjoying the paintings, sculpture, fashion and photography exhibitions there. To go there use tram to St Kilda Road (multiple routes) or train to Flinders Street. It is open every day from 10am-5pm. Free City Circle Tram This is the best way to get around the city using the free City Circle Tram. It takes around 30 minutes and you can get on and off as many times as you wish. The City Circle Trams stops at places of interests such as Aquarium, Federation Square, Parliament House etc. The tram runs every day between 10 am and 6 pm. Royal Botanic Gardens One of the city’s most impressive treasures is the Royal Botanic Gardens and you can set aside a few hours to take a walk there. It is open every day from 7.30am till sunset. Enjoy a variety of trees, plants and flowers set on 38 hectres of land by the Yarra River. Australian Centre of the Moving Image This is the first centre of this kind in the world dedicated to the cinema and TV shows from the earliest time till the modern videos, moving image from the digital era nowadays. Films and documentaries are screened every day and there are many workshops even for kids. The centre is open daily from 10 am till 5 pm. St Kilda Beach One of the most favourite attractions to relax in Melbourne is St Kilda. It is near to the city surrounded by some...

Canadian vs U.S. Immigration Policies

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 in Canada, Living Abroad, USA |

Canada and the United States have very different immigration policies. One of the biggest difference between the migration systems of both countries is that Canadian immigration is based on employment and qualification while the U.S immigration is based primarily on family ties. Canadian migration policy is an example of employment-based system with a lot of programs enabling the economically-depressed regions to attract more skilled workers from abroad. Approximately 2/3 of all immigrants relocating to Canada are coming via different employment-based programs, while in the USA only 15% of all permanents residents are admitted on the basis of employment. 2/3 of all immigrants in the United States are accepted because they have a close relation to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Provincial Nominee Program In Canada The Provincial Nominee Program in Canada contributes for increasing the share of new permanent residents in less populated provinces. Generally, the PNP immigrants do well in the labor market. In comparison to that, there are no similar state programs in the United States. The U.S. immigration policy remains entirely in the hands of the federal government, compared to the de-centralized migration programs in Canada. Some of the most recent changes in the Canada immigration policy: – Change in the point system used for skilled visa. The focus on the age, Enlish or French language skills and having a job offer was increased while the emphisis on the formal education was decreased. – A separate program was created for skilled trade workers – Federal Skilled Trades Program. – Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – allowing temporary workers and international student switch easily to permanent residence. – Start of the Express Entry system in January 2015 to accept economic immigrants. While the US government has made almost no changes to their immigration policy since 1990s. The only major change have concerned the unauthorised immigrants. U.S. Green Card Lottery vs Canadian Express Entry There is no such program like the U.S. Diversity Lottery program in Canada. However, selected applicants in the Green card lottery are allocated on a random basis. Canada has another sort of pool called...

Labour Agreement will Lower the Income Threshold for 457 Chefs and Cooks in Australia

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia |

There is a shortfall of 56,000 Chefs, cooks and restaurant managers on Australian market according to Restaurant & Catering Australia. Employers say these are among the most difficult vacancies to fill. Cooks, chefs and restaurant managers were in Top 15 of the nominated occupations for 2014-15. And the sector demanded easier conditions from the Government to get overseas workers for these vacancies through the 457 program. It is expected that the industry will require additional 43,700 jobs by November 2018. As a result of this and to deal with the constant shortages in the sector, a historic labour agreement was negotiated with the Australian government for Cooks and Chefs. Waiters will also be included after national endorsement of this occupation. The labour agreement will lower the income threshold by 10% for restaurants should they meet particular criteria. Industry Labour Agreement outlines some specific requirements for both the business and the overseas worker, such as industry recognition through award programs, la carte menu, having uniformed staff and a maître d’ etc. for the employers; and certain skills, qualifications and English language requirements for the employee. Food and Accommodation sector in Australia was the largest user of the 457 temporary work visa program for the period 2014-15, with 4,350 approved applications. Mr. John, Hart Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO said: “Skilled migration has contributed to the evolution and fusion of cuisine types here in Australia. With migration comes innovation and new ways of thinking about food and the restaurant experience. With skilled migration also comes job creation for local Australians. The reality is most businesses find it difficult to remain open when they cannot find suitably trained staff. The facilitation of a small number of skilled workers under this agreement will ensure businesses remain open, are productive, and have the capacity to hire and train local workers Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share...

New Zealand Immigration Rule Change

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 in Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration |

From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements the applicants who can get 140 points get residency. Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to fulfill the places, it will be easier and more attractive for overseas workers to settle outside of Auckland. Government’s goal is to spread migration across the country. People who get the extra points will need to spend at least 12 months in the Southern region of New Zealand, which is an increase from the current 3 months. It was also announced that streamlined labour market tests will now be available nationwide not only in Queensland, to make the whole process more expedient for both the employees and the employers. The new change will enable the employers to get advise from New Zealand Work and Income service before they lodge the visa application, rather than Nz Immigration contacting the Work and Income service after the visa lodgement. Another change that is coming up is that people applying for an Entrepreneur Work Visa who want to set up business outside Auckland will get now 40 bonus points rather than the current 20 points out of 120 points to get residency. It’s not only about the perspective migrants though. A new pathway to residency was announced for all long-term temporarily visa holders in the Southern parts. This policy will also allow low-skilled workers based in the South Island whose visas rolled over for more than 5 years to be offered residency where they have put down roots. There are many migrants who settle in Auckland and at the same time many employers based in other parts of the country experience difficulties in finding enough skilled workers. Prime Minister John Key who announced the policy earlier said we could not be sure how many migrants will move elsewhere as a result of the policy but it was likely to be effective. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting...