Welcome to the official Visa First blog!

Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



10 Reasons To Visit Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire, an exotic country in western Asia and eastern Europe. For many travellers, Azerbaijan is not always the first country that comes to mind when planning a holiday. But it’s time to think again! This hidden gem is full of historical and cultural heritage, hospitable locals and endless sights to see. […]

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Sri Lanka Will Reopen its Borders in August

Do you dream of feasting on delicacies on Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches? Well, that dream may soon become a reality! That is because Sri Lanka will reopen its doors to tourists from August 1 but under strict guidelines. Sri Lanka had its borders closed in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, […]

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Why You Should Start Planning Your 2021 Australian Working Holiday Now

Australia is world-famous for natural wonders, pristine rainforests, bright beaches, stunning wide-open spaces and epic landscapes. The country has been a favourite destination for backpackers, and if you have decided to head off on a working holiday in Australia, it’s easy to understand why. After all, you will be able to earn money while visiting […]

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Why Choose Visa First?

Visa First is an Irish-based leader in visa processing and immigration services. We process short-stay tourist and business visas, employment permits and working holiday visas. If you’re planning to travel, vacation or study abroad, and you require a visa or work permit, we can help you apply for the one you need. Some of our […]

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UK Ancestry Visa – All You Need To Know

Are you dreaming of moving to the UK to live and work? If so, there are many routes you can choose to take when applying for a visa. If you have a grandparent who was born in the UK, you may be able to apply for an Ancestry visa. In this guide, we’ll cover everything […]

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76% of Would-be Irish Travellers Hopeful of Venturing Abroad in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for thousands of Irish tourist’s 2020 holiday plans. Despite this, according to a new survey conducted by Visa First, 76% of Irish travellers are hopeful that they will be able to fly abroad in 2020. Furthermore, 78% of respondents stated that they would feel comfortable visiting other countries after […]

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Irish Working Abroad on Short-term Visas?

COVID-19 and your Irish short-term visa The Visa First team is fielding a large volume of calls from Irish people both at home and abroad. They are concerned over the implications of COVID-19 on the working holiday or business visa they currently hold – or a visa that they have already applied for and which […]

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8 Things You Never Knew about Oman

Let’s face it. Most people don’t even consider Oman when they’re picking their next holiday destination. But this is a BIG mistake! Oman is unlike any other country in the world – chock-full of hidden gems, sights to see and natural beauty. But the word ‘hidden’ is a problem. Many travellers are completely unaware of […]

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New Saudi Arabia Holiday Visa is a Game-Changer for Local Tourism

The birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia is well known for its vibrant culture, rich traditions, striking red sea beaches, and breathtaking mountains. Some of the most attractive destinations include Jeddah, the Sarawat Mountains, Masjid Al Haram, the Nabataean ruins in Madâin Sâlih, the 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites and more. Arabic is the official language […]

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