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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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What’s New on the Australian 457 Business Sponsorship visa?

There are few changes on the 457 Business Sponsorship Visa that came into effect recently. 1. English Language Requirement Although the Government didn’t support expanding the list of nationalities exempt from English language test, there are still good news. In addition to IELTS and OET, the Australian government starts accepting TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE and […]

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5 Facts About the Australian Work 457 visa That You Need to Know

The Australian Sponsorship visa, subclass 457, is a temporary work visa allowing you to work in the country for up to 4 years. It’s also a pathway to permanent residency. This is one of the most famous Australian visas, 13,980 sponsorship visa applications have been lodged for 2014 program year ending 30 Sep which is […]

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New 1-Year Australian Visa for Overseas Skilled Workers

Australia considers introducing a new one-year visa to allow overseas employees working in the country for up to one year without applying for a 457 visa. The government wants to ensure the companies have more flexibility to hire the most talented people. This new visa is going to replace the existing subclass 400 visa, allowing […]

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OVER 22,000 IRISH MOVED TO AUSTRALIA IN THE PAST 5 YEARS

According to the last Settlement report of the Australian government, the exact number of Irish people settled down in Australia in the last five years has reached 22,170. Brokedown in figures, this means 4,434 a year, 369 a month and 12 a day, which is a great increase! The number of people classified as skilled […]

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TOP 10 Best Paid Jobs in Australia

If you are wondering who’s getting the highest salaries in Australia and expect these are mining engineers and dentists, you might be surprised to see that crane, hoist and lift operators earn well above the average Australian pay of AU$ 34.70 an hour. Another profession that you’ve probably not expected in this list is the […]

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Streamline Processing of 457 Visas Next Year

The Australian government announced changes on two visa programs taking effect next year – the sponsorship visa (subclass 457) and the investor visa. Sponsorship visa (457 subclass) Generally, it should become easier for the business to hire overseas workers on a sponsorship visa. The processing of all three parts – sponsorship, nomination and visa applications […]

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Moving to Australia

No matter if you are planning to go to Australia as a Working Holidaymaker, to work under the business sponsor visa (457 subclasses) or to migrate permanently, you need to plan everything in advance. So, where to start? Make a Plan If you’ve made your mind to travel overseas, it’s good to discuss your plans […]

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Australia is Top Spot for Irish

More and more young Irish people are jetting off to Canada and New Zealand – but Australia still leads the way as the nation’s favourite immigration destination. Migration Index reveals that Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Wexford are the top five “feeder counties” while construction and engineering are the top two industries bringing the Irish […]

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From Madrid to Sydney

A reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement were signed yesterday between Australia and Spain. It will allow 500 young people from both countries to head overseas on a holiday and be allowed to work or study. It will also give them a great opportunity to discover a new culture and exchange experience. It’s slightly different […]

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