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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...

UK Points Based System Explained

Posted on Apr 21, 2009 in Living Abroad, UK Working Holiday, Videos |

Before the new system was introduced there were more than 80 routes for a non-EU national to enter the UK. The present, much more simpler framework consists of 5 tiers, which help people find the right path to the UK. Tier 1 is for highly skilled individuals willing to practice what they do best in the UK Tier 2 is for skilled workers (nurses, teachers, engineers, etc.) who already have a job offer to work in the UK Tier 3 is for a very limited number of low skilled workers needed to fill temporary labour shortages for a specific project Tier 4 is for students, continuing their education in the United Kingdom Tier 5 is for Youth Mobility and temporary workers (people who are allowed to work in the Uk for a limited time) For each tier there is a point target that the applicants need to meet. Points are awarded according to an objective and transparent criteria, allowing applicants to assess...

Australia Working Holiday vs. Work & Holiday

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Work & Holiday |

More than 12% of the temporary visitors in Australia use one of these visas to spend an extended holiday Down Under. There are some major differences between the Australian work & holiday visa (Subclass 462) and the Australian working holiday visa (Subclass 417) that you should know about: The Australian working holiday visa is for people from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom. The Australian Work and Holiday is for people from Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. The Work and Holiday visa is for tertiary educated people – continuing their studies after high school. The Work and Holiday visa travelers can not apply for a second visa, which is an option with the Australia work and holiday visa. If you require assistance with an Australia working holiday or work and holiday visa, you can always contact us. 24/7 status report on your visa is provided as...

Recent talks about Australian immigration

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 in Living Abroad |

I’ve been all over the Internet, browsing through a number of articles on UK and Australian news sites regarding the fact that Australia might no longer need skilled professionals. The Age and BBC both issued articles, revealing the main concerns and motives behind the decision to cutback skilled migration visas by 15%. Long story short – skilled individuals in construction such as bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters are no longer required, but Australia still needs doctors, nurses, engineers and IT specialists. It is all done with the sole purpose of assuring more Australians are able to find decent employment, or any employment for that matter. Immigration MinisterChris Evans added: “The Government will remove occupations from the list if demand for those skills can be satisfied by local labour.” Senator Evans stated that Australia will maintaining its skilled migration program, however it has to be better targeted so that migrant workers are meeting skills shortages and not competing with locals for jobs. Obtaining Australian Skilled Migration Visa is not an easy task and it requires a considerable amount of time to prepare. If your occupation is in the critical skills list, you might want to fill an application form. Australia is one of the countries making more effort in fighting the crisis and is most likely to overcome the financial downfall...

Australian Backpacker or a Trekkie?

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Well, if you are both than be sure you are near Sydney in April. The reason is no other than the world premiere of the latest Star Trek movie. Australian trekkies sure are lucky to be the first to see the latest addition to Gene Roddenberry’s universe. According to BBC the upcoming movie will have it’s premiere in the Sydney Opera House on the 9th of April. Leonard Nimoy, who originally starred as Spock had joined a cause for the movie to hold it’s premiere in a small Canadian farming town called Vulcan, however that initiative did not go far, partially due to the fact Vulcan has no...

Quick Australia WHM Program Facts

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Over 154 148 people were granted Working Holiday visas to Australia in 2007-08. It is expected that they would spend 2.4 billion Australian dollars while on a working holiday. About 8 % of all applicants will apply for a second working holiday visa. The 22% of the working holiday visas 2007-2008 were granted to UK citizens, followed by Korea with 21%. Australia has another 18 reciprocal agreements with other countries. On average working holiday makers stay in Australia for 9 months and spend $16,000 during their stay. Last fiscal year (2007-2008) 98% of all applications for working holiday visas were filed online. 89,568 of these visas (57.9%) were granted automatically. Only 0.6% of all working holiday makers overstayed their...