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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



How to Get Your Trade Qualifications Recognised in Australia?

There is a number of Australian visas requiring recognition of your overseas trade qualifications in order to meet the Australian standards. We’ve summarized below some of the most frequently asked questions everyone is interested in: Do I actually need skills assessment before I get my Australian skilled migrant visa? Yes, you do need it. In […]

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US Work and Tourist Visas – A Short Guide

For those of you hoping to move to the US permanently, the Green Card and permanent residency are definitely the best approaches. But keep in mind there are numerous alternative visa options for you to go and settle there. Travel Visa If you are Irish or UK passport holder a citizen of one of the […]

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What Industries are Hiring in Australia in 2015?

Looking for job opportunities in Australia? Check this research with the top industries looking to hire in Australia. Construction Sector – a growth of 8 % is expected in the building trades by 2018. And the demand is not only in the big cities but all across the country. Building trades including bricklayers, electricians, plasterers, […]

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Canadian IEC program opens (5th March) for Ireland!

There are three streams to the program: Young Professionals – OPENED International co-op internship – OPENED Working Holiday visa – Register now and get ahead of the crowd. The IEC program has opened for the Young professional and internship streams. You need a job offer/placement offering in order to be accepted onto one of these […]

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Stricter Rules for Canadian Employers Willing to Hire LMIA-Exempt Overseas Workers

Canada Immigration introduces new requirements for Canadian employers willing to hire overseas workers who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment. Employers will need to provide information about their business, job offer, how the employee and the job qualify for the processing. What categories are considered LMIA-exempt in Canada? These are intra-company transferees assigned […]

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eMedicals for New Zealand Onshore Immigration Visa

If you apply for the Nz Skilled Migrant visa, you must complete a General Medical Certificate and a Chest X-Ray as part of your visa application. As of 31 March, New Zealand, similarly to Australia and Canada will introduce medicals for all onshore visa applicants. A total of 72 medical clinics, 54 radiology clinics and […]

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New Straightforward Tourist and Business Visas to the UK

The changes will come in effect in April 2015 and will affect all business and tourism visitors as well as sportspeople and entertainers visiting the UK. The number of visitor visa programs will be reduced from 15 to just 4. People will be able to apply for the right visa type and they will be […]

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A Record Number Migrated to New Zealand in 2014

The net migration gain of 50,922 was almost doubled in 2014 compared to 22,468 from 2013. The number of migrants increased by 16 per cent while the departures fell by 18 per cent. The ASB Bank Senior economist Chris Tennent-Brown said: “The attractiveness of the New Zealand labour market relative to Australia’s and the rest […]

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11 New Countries Eligible for US H-2A and H-2B visas

The US government will add 11 new countries to the list of eligible nationalities for H-2A and H-2B visas this year. The countries to be included to the scheme are Barbados, Belize, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Madagascar, Portugal, Sweden. This change was announced on 18th January, allowing US companies to hire […]

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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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