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



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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New 10 Year Visa Announced for Investors and Professionals in the UAE

The UAE recently announced that it would issue 10 year visas for professionals and investors and allow 100% ownership in mainland companies. These changes come as part of a plan to encourage foreign investment and attract talent and will be implemented at the end of 2018 as part of reforms focusing on fostering growth in professions and […]

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FRAUD ALERT

We are getting reports that some people are receiving suspicious emails from a company called – Visafirst Global Fastservice. In the emails, Visafirst Global Fastservice claims that they are the real Visa First. We can confirm that this company is NOT associated in any way with Visa First. The fraudulent company (which also goes by […]

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UAE Visas and The New System Aiming at Qualified Talents

UAE recently announced new entry visa system. The country which is located in the Persian Gulf is globally famous for its natural resources of oil. Last few decades the Emirates are trying to turn this paradise of sand, sun and oil into business and tourism paradise. It obviously works quite well thanks to its rulers. […]

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Meet us in Australia!

Are you looking to remain in Australia but not sure of your visa options, then meet a registered migration agent! Declan Clune, a registered MARA agent is meeting clients across Australia helping people to find their options to stay on. Migration talks are taking place across the country: 19th October Monday Sydney 21st October Wednesday Brisbane 23rd October […]

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First Express Entry Draw for Canadian Residency Planned for Next Week

Since 1 Jan 2015, the Canadian government launched the new Express Entry immigration program to enable skilled people all over the world to migrate to Canada faster. The skilled migration applications were processed in order of receipt before but now the immigration authority will pick up the top-ranking candidates. It is expected that the first […]

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Immigration Reforms Agreed Between Australia and China

These immigration reforms are part of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. These reforms include: Extending the Work and Holiday program between both countries to include Chinese nationals. It currently allows up to 5000 visas per year; intra-corporate transfers for Chinese people for up to 4 years; Business visitors from China will be allowed to stay […]

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Canada or Australia is the best choice to relocate?

Edwina Shanahan, a managing director at Visafirst.com looks at the pros and cons of both countries. 1. Lifestyles of Australia and Canada Both Australia and Canada are ranked very high on their lifestyles. While Australia boasts of its nature, good climate and people’s attitude to newcomers, Canada is also proud of its wild nature, advanced […]

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