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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...

Who wants to marry Clo?

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Ok guys, so who is up to it? 🙂 This is one of the reasons I love the internet so much – the wackier the idea – the better! It seems that a lot of the working holiday makers will do anything in their power to prolong their stay, or even to permanently immigrate to Australia. Marrying an Australian citizen is one of the ways you can migrate and start a new life Down Under. It is not rare for backpackers to find their better half while traveling the Outback. On the other hand, there are a lot of people willing to marry a citizen only for the sake of becoming a citizen themselves. This is a common issue to every single  immigration authority, not only Australia. Not anyone can join the group on facebook.com, so potential candidates will undoubtedly go through a screening process, before they can have their...

$900 handout for Australian residents amended

Posted on Feb 15, 2009 in Migration News |

Australians will get the $900 cash bonus they had hoped for after all. Senator Nick Xenophon joined with the Coalition to scuttle Prime Minister Rudd‘s stimulus package. Subsequently, this Thursday, Australia became the first country to vote down a stimulus package, designed to head-off a recession during the economic crisis. The Prime Minister immediately reintroduced his emergency economic plan into Parliament and the package passed in a rare Friday sitting. The amended package will leave low-income workers and single income families $50 short. They will not get the promised $950, but $900. Those earning less than $80,000 will too receive $900, while people on incomes of between $80,000 and $90,000 will receive $600, and those earning between $90,000 and $100,000 will get a $250 bonus. The savings on this package will go to aid the jobless. Children from low and middle income families will too receive $900. Students and people outside of the workforce will receive $900 to spend on learning and training. The current plan is expected to boost the economic growth from 0.5 to 1.0 point in the next two years. If you still have questions about the stimulus payment or if you want to find about getting yours, I’d like to direct you to contact a team of tax speciallists on australia@taxback.com or talk with the staff live online...

Australians face discrimination

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 in Migration News |

As bizarre at is may sounds, Australians have hard time with discrimination in their motherland. Recently, there have been several cases where Australians are not allowed to enter a club or sleep over at hotels and hostels. Some hotel owners and publicans favor backpackers and international travelers over Australian citizens. According to a Alex Bushnell,  The Tin Bar (located in Brisbane) recently refused entry to him and two friends on a “Backpacker Night’’ because they did not have international passports. He had to  head back to the Down Under Bar & Grill on Edward Street. The Tin Bar’s manager, Brad, comments “Australians can come in any time they want” adding “On our backpackers’ and students’ nights we throw a bunch of parties and you need an international student card or passport to get in’’. Bunk backpackers’ hostel will welcome anyone to drink in its bar, however they have a strict “no backpack, no dorm room” policy, allowing only travelers to stay in for the night. Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland commissioner Susan Booth clearly states that it is against the law publicans to refuse entry based on nationality. She admitting that this is not a precedent and it’s been going on for a while. According to Ms. Booth, Queensland’s Hotels Association will be reminded of the law if complaints...

Thieves blew up an ATM earlier this morning

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 in Migration News |

At 1:15AM, this morning, thieves blew up an ATM device and the better half of a ANZ bank at Latrobe ( Northern Tasmania). The police are searching for two people who are believed to be involved. One of them is believed to be injured from the explosion and in need of urgent medical attention. The plunderers got away with a considerable amount of cash. Police are reaching out to people who might have information about the robbery. Crime Stoppers are available on 1800 333 000 to take any related phonecalls. Now, prospective backpackers, don’t get any funny ideas about raiding unprotected ATM devices. You might be better off finding a decent job...

Australia – Hit the road!

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Wondering what to do this summer? Why don’t you and your friends take your trustworthy backpacks and hop across to Australia? An Australian working holiday visa and a ticket and all that is between you and 12 months of excitement. What next? Go on ebay.com.au and buy a rusty old camper van. You can find them for as low as 1000AUD. It will be you home for most of the time. Care for it, as it is your new mate. It will always let you stay in for the night and it will not hasitate to give you a ride to th next town. The van on the picture even has a fridge and a gas stove installed. Be sure to get yourself familiar with common regulations. Road fines are the last thing you want, while crossing the country. If you are interested to see what the top 20 road fines are, you can visit this ABC blog...

The Australian citizenship test

Posted on Jan 28, 2009 in Living Abroad |

For over 2 years now, those who want to become Australian citizens have to pass the citizenship test, by answering questions about Australia’s values and history. Currently, you can sit the test in one of the many test centres spread all over Australia. The exact locations of all test centres can be found here. According to official figures from the snapshot report, 96.3% of all who took the test passed it from the first or second attempt. The high pass rate indicates that the assistance provided to applicants is clearly helping. Applicants who take their time to go through the resource book and do a bit of homework, usually have no problem in passing the test. It is common to hear cheers coming from the testing rooms. If you would like to know more about the test, please visit the citizenship test overview...

The Internet and senior Australian citizens

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Last year, I’ve read about a new initiative of the Australian Government to open internet cafes for senior citizens. What are internet cafes, but a place where senior citizens can gather to discover the world of versatile communication by becoming familiar with the Internet. For young people might seem as a good initiative, but for older people sites such as “Seniors-On-Line” mean a lot more. The Australian Government provides great support by acknowledging a number of sites aiming to provide computer and Internet education, discounted computer parts and systems, as well as discounted internet access for senior citizens. If you are traveling to Australia this year, don’t get surprised if you happen to stumble into a senior cybercafe. If you happen to be in a situation where a senior citizen is about to give you advise on how to customize your firewall, you should hear what he has to say, before making a fool out of yourself...