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Illegal Workers Cost More Than What They Are Worth

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 in Australia Working Holiday |

Australian employers  are now encouraged to use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service as part of a national campaign designed to educate employers about the importance of legal workers. The participating organizations in the campaign are the National Farmers Federation, Australian Workers Union, Horticulture Australia Council and the Australian Industry Group. Whether you are an employer illegally hiring foreign workers, or an employee illegally working in Australia, there will be serious consequences. For example, employers  will “face fines of up to $13 200 and two years’ imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $66 000 per illegal worker,” says newsroom.immi.gov.au. The Fair Work Ombudsman campaign  is to  spread light on the subject specifically in the horticulture industry because a huge number of the backpackers in Australia occupy this field, and ” it was crucial for the industry complies with immigration requirements in its employment practices,”  Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said. In short, if you plan to go to Australia to work, make sure your visa status allows you to as your employer is highly likely to check your visa entitlement. VEVO, being an online system for organisations to check visa holder entitlements, appears to be of a great help to confirm workers’ eligibility. It is mostly used by labour supply companies and employers, education providers, or other organizations that need to check whether the person is permanently or temporarily in Australia. In addition, visa holders can also take advantage of the system as they can see details regarding their visas.   For more information on how to use VEVO, visit www.immi.gov.au...

Hit The Road, Jack!

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 in Working Holiday Visa |

Who said travelling is for the youngsters? Seniors now, more than ever,  have reasons to reach their dream destinations, and more importantly have lots of advantages as being older. So, why not hit the road? Nothing can stop the adventure-seeking folks– after all, age is just a number for them and cannot be an excuse to live in monotony and boredom. Interesting enough, the number of these folks is growing despite the economic downturn–“59 per cent of 55 to 64 year old will not let the current economic downturn hinder their plans to see more of the world,” a recent survey showed. They are also likely to wander around Europe, Australia and New Zealand as top destinations. Another survey from last October indicated that people over 65 don’t dream back on their past, but rather envy the young about their lifestyles: “Seventy per cent wished they had had more sex, 57 per cent would have liked to have travelled more, and 45 per cent wished they had quit their jobs and changed profession,” per www.independent.co.uk. For travelling, however, it is never too late, thus there is no need to envy the youngsters. Here’s why: Senior years are a great time to travel because age brings respect, which is particularly important for older women who want to travel alone. As a senior solo female, you will be far less disturbed by unwanted male attention. You will get the sympathy of local women too, which comes handy at times. Older travellers are more financially stable too, thus they have a high impact on the tourism industry. Those, who have difficulties funding their travel, however, can enjoy a variety of discounts and privileges. “Even if your college days are a distant memory, it’s possible to travel on a student discount over spring break this year,” says www.chron.com. “Student travel agencies are beginning to actively court non students and older travelers, extending their low prices to the not-so-youthful set. Though it has quietly offered discounts to non students for years, STA Travel began actively promoting “flights for everyone” on its home page late...

Backpackers Flooding NZ and Australia

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in Working Holiday Visa |

Although the travel industry in Europe, North and South America, Middle East  and Asia Pacific is scoring fewer tourist visits recently due to the recession, Australia and New Zealand are blooming in the backpacking sector. Last year, the global travel decreased by four percent, according to the Tourism Research Australia International Visitor Survey. At the same time, the number of backpackers going to Australia increased by two percent, their expenses–by 10 percent, and the total number of visitors in the country, over 15 years of age, was up to 5.17 million. Per www.news.com.au, “Australia has done what it always does well – held up when the chips are down,” Matt Hingerty, managing director at the Australian Tourism Export Council, said. He added that such results bring optimism and enthusiasm amongst the members of the tourism council. New Zealand is not falling behind the Australia’s promising outcome in the tourism field, and specifically the backpacking. The reason is backpackers acquire less funds to travel compared to regular tourists. Thus, many traveller enthusiasts go on a trip as backpackers, find temporary jobs while in New Zealand or Australia, and still enjoy the adventure. “Today’s backpackers were tomorrow’s high-spending tourist families,” Hingerty said. In a previous post we gave our readers a rough idea of how much they could earn in different parts of Australia. Official figures for November 2009 are now available on www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/...

Female Backpackers Travelling Alone

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in Working Holiday Visa |

As a female wishing to go on a trip abroad alone, lots of concerns pop up and discourage even the bravest sometimes. It’s the safety factor everyone has in mind. Is it really safe for a lonely female backpacker to travel in a foreign country, and will she enjoy the trip as much? At the end, isn’t it better to just pay loads of money for an organized tour? According to an article at www.news.com.au/travel, “solo female travellers attract far many more kindnesses, invitations and favors than solo male travellers or groups.” Although it could be true, however, solo females attract negative attention as well, and become an easy target for kidnappers, pickpockets, drug-dealers, etc. Truth is, safety is never guaranteed and it mainly depends on your behavior and look, as well as how well-informed you are. If you can’t find friends to come with you, however, there are several tips that will definitely minimize the risk and will ensure more relaxed and fun experience. Research well the desired destination, and learn about some of the main characteristics of the country and its nation through travel guides and the Internet. It is vital to know the region before you go there as “In many countries, clothes and comportment are perceived as mirrors of your moral values,” says www.news.com.au/travel. Also, travelling alone is not the best time to wear expensive accessories, jewelry and brand clothes:” The wealthier you appear, the more likely you are to be targeted by thieves,” adds www.helium.com. Here http://www.reasonpad.com/2009/06/the-safest-countries-in-the-world-to-visit-and-stay/, one can check some of the safest countries in the world to visit, some of which are New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Sweden. Being adventurous does not always mean “going with the flow.” Book a place to stay ahead of time, and choose carefully the location of the accommodation–call the reception desk; check online forums, blogs, opinions, etc. about the place. According to www.helium.com, “It is also worthwhile to avoid the cheapest areas (they are cheaper precisely because they are more dangerous).”  In addition, you are less likely to get in trouble in well-lighted and busy areas....

Call home for free

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 in Uncategorized |

There are probably many ways you can phone home, while you are abroad. Most of them are relevantly cheap, but over time it can become a considerable expense, especially if you like to hear from your friends and relatives often. Nowadays most people use Skype for text, voice and video chat. It’s a convenient and free way to communicate depending only on an active Internet connection from both sides. Sadly, not all of us can be in front of the computer all the time, or have restricted access to the Internet at work. Further more, making a landline call has its advantages. Many people can answer the phone, quality can be better and it is more likely to reach people. JustVoIP.com There are many VoIP services that charge close to nothing for international calls and most of the times mobile calls are at a pretty decent rate too. After researching the topic myself I came to understand that www.justvoip.com is probably the best offer one can get. It’s easy to start using their service. You simply download their software, create an account and purchase credit. You’ll now say “Hey, I thought it’s free”. Sadly, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Not 100% free, but still the best offer around You can start with only 12.50 Euros (10 Euro in credits, 2 Euros in VAT and 0.50 processing fee). You can then check the rates yourself, but just to give you a quick example – 10 Euro equal 142 minutes to UK mobile phones (0.07 cents per minute) and unlimited calls to any landline number in the UK for 120 days. Once you top up your account you can call friends and family in Australia for free. If you like call Australian mobile numbers it will cost you only 0.055 Euro cents per minute, or 181 minutes with Australian mobile numbers for only 12.50 Euros. Use JustVoIP services without a computer It gets even better. If you don’t have a computer to place the call, you can dial your local access number from a landline or mobile...

UK Student Visa Application Process

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 in Videos |

Over the last year or so, the UK Border Agency put a lot of effort to restructure the immigration and customs regulations. A part of these changes is the new Tire 4 points based system( UK Student Visa ). The new scheme allows international students to enter the UK and undertake a study course of more than 6 months. At the very start of the UK tax year (06.04.2009), the UK Border Agency uploaded a video showing the basic steps you need to take in order to obtain a visa. The procedure seems clear enough, however if you have any queries, or problems you can always drop us a line at ask@visafirst.co.uk, or even fill in a UK Student Visa Application...

Young Irish love affair with OZ still going strong

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 in Living Abroad |

Edwina estimates that between 3,000 and 4,000 people have emigrated with her company so far this year. Teachers who are finding it hard to get jobs in Ireland because of the cutbacks to the education sector will have no trouble finding work in Australia,  according to Edwina from VisaFirst. “Teachers are sponsored by the Stare in Western Australia and they are really saying ‘we need you now over there‘.” She added: “They’ve changed he migration policy now and individual states have their own shortage list of skilled workers. Before July of last year, a carpenter could apply to anywhere in Australia, but they’d have a waiting list of up to one year.” Meanwhile, those who are looking for work closer to Melbourne and Sydney will also be in demand. In New South Wales they’re looking for accountants, people in the financial area or computing, engineers, and people from pharmacy or medical backgrounds. “It’s easier for native English speakers to apply because any other nationalities have to do an English test before they can...

Get your visa and flight as soon as possible

Posted on Apr 27, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

The recession has a negative effect on many aspect of our lives, but this is the natural way of the economy to bring order to itself after years of frivolous spending by the common consumer. It is always darkest before the dawn, that good old idiom says, but that isn’t necessarily true if you act on time. In recent news an article covered the fact that a lot of backpackers from the UK and Germany are rushing down to Australia in 2009. If you are amongst those people willing to spend the next year in Australia, then there isn’t a better time to get your Australian visa and book your flight. Obtaining a visa might take you between 2 days and two weeks, depending on the approach you chose to obtain one. You can do it by yourself, however if you need it in a hurry it is better to go through an agent, since it will cut most of the hassle and you application will be processed faster. Currently you can book a ticket from London to Sydney on British Airways’s site for as low as 518GBP. This will be the price you pay if you book now for any date of the period ~01/05 – 15/06/2009. This will soon change, however you have the great opportunity to book a cheap in the next few days. Airlines will not be able to sell low cost tickers for much longer so this summer is you chance to book a low cost flight from and to Australia. It is a great time for working holiday makers from Australia to travel to the United Kingdom and for UK backpackers to jump over to...

Backpacker Boom in Australia

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Videos, Working Holiday Visa |

More and more people head off to Australia. Young individuals, left with no alternative, head Down Under to spend the next 12 months in search for adventure and temporary job placements. The rising number of people travelling on the Australian working holiday visa will definitely have a positive effect on Australia’s economy. Despite the rising number of working holiday makers from Germany and the UK, the tourism industry will suffer a drawback, but less devastating than predictions from last year. If you are considering a working holiday in Australia and like what you see in the video above, why not give it a...