A free roadshow for Irish jobseekers looking for work in Australia, New Zealand and Canada will take place to Silversprings Hotel in Cork on Wednesday 7th December.
The VisaFirst event, aimed at the unemployed Cork people, kicks off at 7 pm and is one of a number of events aiming to place over 20,000 Irish workers in employment overseas by the end of 2012. ...
UNEMPLOYED people who would like to work abroad have been invited to a free information seminar in the city next week. The briefing is being organised by VisaFirst.comat SilverSprings on Wednesday, December 7, at 7pm. ...
The number of Irish people leaving for a new life in Australia has increased by a quarter in the past year. New figures from Visafirst.com showed a huge jump in the numbers applying for a permit to work Down Under. ...
The Irish exodus to Oz surged to 30 000 in 12 months to June this year. With no sign of a let-up in the downturn that has consigned almost 450,000 people to dole queues, job seekers are moving to Australia at an alarming rate. ...
By Declan Clune www.anzoutlook.com
The Western Australian Local Government is crying out for highly skilled migrants from the UK and Ireland. A massive skills shortage threatens the start and continuation of major planned resource and infrastructural projects in Western Australia. ...
Since 1 July 2011, applications from people who apply for permanent residence through the RSMS are accorded the highest processing priority of all skilled visas.For more information on the RSMS visa, go to http://www.visafirst.com/en/australian_regional_sponsored_migration_scheme_info.asp
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced the inclusion of Perth in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). The minister also agreed to include Perth as a regional area for family sponsored applications through the regional General Skilled Migration programs. ...
Irish Daily Mail
The high-tech industries desperately need skilled workers but many of these are being turned away by immigration officials, according to visa experts. One in every five visa seeking staff from abroad are being rejected, Visafirst.com has found.
Last year there were more than 3,200 applications to the immigration authorities by services sector companies, which includes IT firms, to allow them to employ individuals from outside the EU. ...
YOUNG farmers will be among the thousands of Irish people drawn to an Australian recruitment drive in Dublin this week.
Multi-skilled farmers will be among those keenly interested in the public seminar being hosted by Western Australia’s Training and Workforce Minister Peter Collier in Dublin’s City West Hotel at 5,30 pm on Thursday. ...
Northern Territory suspended receipt of GSM applications until 4 July 2011.
Thousands of young Irish people have already packed their bags and left. Many thousands more are set to join them soon. ...
The Australian Government aims to halve processing times for 457 visas from the current median of 22 calendar days.
The program is uncapped, demand-driven and highly responsive to the economic cycle. It provides a flexible avenue for employers to fill immediate and short-term skill vacancies where Australian workers are not available
The Australian Government has announced the introduction of Regional Migration Agreements (RMAs). These agreements are a new migration initiative that will bring together employers,local and state government and
unions to cooperate on addressing local labour needs.
EMAs will be custom-designed, geographically based migration arrangements that set out the occupations and numbers of overseas workers needed in the area. ...
The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a new temporary migration initiative called Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMAs).
EMAs will streamline negotiation arrangements for access to overseas workers and guarantee fast processing times for visa applications.
Through EMAs, major resource projects will be able to access overseas labour for genuine skill vacancies that cannot be filled from the Australian labour market.
The EMA will set the terms by which overseas workers will be engaged on the project, as well as outlining training commitments that must be met by the project. ...
The Australian Government has decided on a major reform in the way Australia selects skilled migrants, the Skilled Migrant Selection Model (the Model). Prospective applicants first submit claims for skilled migration through an Expression of Interest and subsequently may be invited to make a visa application. ...
Short-term Visa Waiver Programme will apply to short stay visitors of 14 nationalities who ordinarily require a Visa to enter the State and will apply over a period from July 2011 to October 2012.
The scheme is part of the Government's job creation programme.
The plan was drawn up following in-depth discussions with representatives from the tourism industry. ...
DROP-OUT: Massive surge in teens joining brain drain
THE rising cost of third-level education in Ireland is leading to a "mass exodus" of Irish students to Australia. There has been a 40pc increase in inquiries from Irish students about Australian one- year temporary visas in the first quarter of this year, according to Visafirst.com, which provides global visa and travel support services.
Ireland's young are leaving the country at a quickening pace due to the lack of job opportunities and the increasing costs of higher education, it said. ...
Ireland April 21st, 2011
MORE AND MORE people are choosing to skip these shores and head Down Under, according to a company which assists people in travelling to Australia to work. Visafirst.com says it has seen a big increase in enquiries so far this year from people, especially students, looking to travel on working holiday visas. ...
There is expected to be a scramble from Irish emigration hopefuls for Australian visas before a July deadline when changes to "points system" disqualify thousands of skilled workers. The changes will mean a significant tightening of eligibility requirements and may disqualify thousands of valuable skilled Irish construction workers who would previously have been accepted for the Australian Skilled Migrant visa programme, according to Visafirst.com today.
"Approximately 2200 Irish construction workers were granted skilled migrant resident visas to Australia in 2010 and the figure is expected to rise in the first 6 months of 2011 as unemployed workers scramble for places. ...
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There is expected to be a scramble from Irish emigration hopefuls for Australian visas before a July deadline when changes to "points system" disqualify thousands of skilled workers.
The changes will mean a significant tightening of eligibility requirements and may disqualify thousands of valuable skilled Irish construction workers who would previously have been accepted for the Australian Skilled Migrant visa programme, according to Visafirst.com today.
"Approximately 2200 Irish construction workers were granted skilled migrant resident visas to Australia in 2010 and the figure is expected to rise in the first 6 months of 2011 as unemployed workers scramble for places. Come July 1st many of those workers who would have had no problem in obtaining a visa last year will now be turned away. ...
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com
Australia is toughening up its immigration laws – Irish workers without third level qualifications or a second language will find it harder to emigrate down under.
The Irish Times has reported that Australian authorities are to bring in new rules designed at changing the profile of immigrants looking for a new start. As a result university graduates and professionals who are fluent in a second language will find it easier than ever to move to Australia on work permits.
But skilled trades-people, particularly in the building industry, are going to find it harder from this summer on to live the Aussie dream.
Those without a recognized education qualification could even find themselves ineligible for a visa under the new system which comes into effect on July 1st.
The Times reports that workers in about 200 different occupations are awarded “points” towards gaining a visa depending on the shortage in Australia of workers in their field.
Under the new proposal, applicants will still have to work in one of the designated occupations to qualify but will no longer be awarded points for their job.
Instead, points will be awarded for higher educational qualifications, language skills and relevant work experience.
Irish applicants aged between 25 and 32 with a third-level degree in one of the designated occupations would meet the new points criteria and older or younger applicants could still be eligible if they hold a PhD.
The paper claims that applicants with a recognized apprenticeship qualification will now need to have three years’ work experience in their designated occupation or one year’s experience if it was completed in Australia.
Applicants who have no degree or recognized apprenticeship are unlikely to meet the criteria unless they have eight years’ relevant work experience outside Australia or five years in Australia.
Those without formal education qualifications will find permits hard to come by even though there are points for sponsorship by a family or local government in Australia, and for having a second language, those without formal qualifications would find it difficult to amass enough points.
An estimated 2,200 construction workers from Ireland were awarded skilled migrant resident visas to Australia in 2010. ...
Business and Leadership
Australia is changing its qualification system for working visas from July 1, leading to a rush on visas from Irish emigrants.
The new points system will disqualify thousands of skilled workers from Ireland, including construction workers, but could be good news for professionals such as teachers and accountants.
Australia is tightening its eligibility requirements come July 1 and many who would previously have been accepted into the Australian Skilled Migrant visa programme will now be refused.
About 2,200 Irish construction workers were granted skilled migrant resident visas to Australia in 2010. That figure is expected to rise in the first six months of 2011 as unemployed Irish people rush to emigrate before the amendments are made.
Edwina Shanahan, a manager with www.visafirst.com explained, “Come July 1st many of those workers who would have had no problem in obtaining a visa last year will now be turned away. ...
Olivia Kelly, Irish Times.
Third-level graduates and professionals who speak a second language will find it easier for emigrate to Australia under new rules that come into force from July 1st. however, skilled tradespeople, such as builder or carpenters, who do not have a recognized education qualification, could find themselves ineligible for a visa under the new system
Workers in about 200 different occupations are awarded 'points' towards gaining a visa depending on the shortage in Australia of workers in their field. ...
Construction workers could soon find it difficult to secure a visa for Australia with new rules expected to favor accountants and teachers. There is expected to be a scramble for Australian visas before a July 1 deadline when changes to a ‘points system’ will disqualify thousands of skilled workers from securing a visa.
Visafirst.com said that construction workers may suffer because of the new system as there will be a significant tightening of eligibility requirements which may disqualify thousands of skilled Irish construction workers who would previously have been accepted for the Australian Skilled Migrant visa programme. ...
The Irish Sun
Graduates will find it easier to emigrate to Australia under new rules being introduced in July. But skilled trades people, such as builders and carpenters, who do not have a recognized education qualification could be ineligible for a visa under the new system.
Edwina Shanahan of visafirst.com said 2,200 construction workers were granted visas in 2010. ...
The number of foreign students and their dependants coming to Britain could be cut by around 100,000 a year under plans unveiled by the Government today.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the "radical" clampdown would close fake colleges and block entry for those who cannot speak good English.
There will also be tougher restrictions on non-EU students staying in the country after their course finishes - including a rule that they must find a job that pays at least £20,000 a year.
It is expected the measures will reduce the number of student visas issued by 70,000-80,000 annually - equivalent to a 25% fall.
Officials indicated the number of dependants coming to the UK was likely to go down by around 20,000. Visafirst.com can assess your eligibility for a UK student visa priori to lodgement, email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
The Australian Financial Review today highlights the looming skills shortages that will soon be affecting the Australian resources sector (particularly mining and construction). In response to the upcoming crisis a special taskforce, known as the Resources Employment Taskforce, has been established.
85% of mining companies are expecting skills shortages of engineers, geologists and construction managers in the next five years, this sector has been pushing to fast track the 457 visa process. ...