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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



Australia expands its Work and Holiday Program

Australia is beginning to negotiate with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel and Greece about establishing new Work and Holiday Programs. The new discussions with these countries show the value of the bilateral relationship that Australia has with those countries. Chris Bowen the Australian minister of immigration thinks that establishing a Work and Holiday Program with […]

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Taiwan is one of the largest source for Working Holiday Makers for Australia

According to recent statistics of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Taiwan is the fifth-largest source of Working Holiday Makers for Australia after Britain, South Korea, Ireland and Germany. During 2011 there were some 130 000 people visiting Australia with Working Holiday Visa. Around 9000 of them were Taiwanese citizens. This is a 45% […]

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Ireland and Taiwan sign new working holiday agreement

Ireland and Taiwan have signed a mutual working holiday agreement earlier this month. The agreement will give the opportunity to young people from both countries to visit each other’s country for a period of up to one year. The new program will have an established quota of 400 people. It will start on 1 January […]

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Working holiday visa opportunities for Irish citizens

What is travelling? For some people travelling is to visit new places and meet new people. For others, travelling is just moving from point A to point B. According to the dictionary travelling is “to go, move, or journey from one place to another”. For us, travelling is all these things plus having fun while […]

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Irish working holiday backpackers needed in West Australia

West Australia is launching an aggressive Irish recruiting program in search of more than 2000 working holiday workers in the tourism and hotel business (waiters, chefs, bartenders, receptionists, housekeepers and managers). The Australian Hotels Association discovered that less than 7% of all Irish working holiday backpackers are travelling to Western Australia to seek jobs, however, […]

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New Zealand and Vietnam establish a Working Holiday Agreement

New Zealand and Vietnam have recently established a Working Holiday Agreement. The Working Holiday scheme will allow young people from each country to spend up to 12 months working and travelling in the other country. Both the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs announced that the […]

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Canadian companies are searching to employ Irish Working Holiday Makers

Canadian companies are searching to hire people from Ireland who have obtained their Working Holiday Visas during the current year. During the last several weeks, Visa First received hundreds of calls from Canadian employers who are looking for these Irish workers. According to the Visa First records, around 5400 Working Holiday Visas for Canada were […]

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Australian Working Holiday Makers Who Work In The Hospitality Sector Call For Visa Extension

Hospitality jobs are one of the most popular choices for Australian Working Holiday Makers. Thousands of young backpackers, however, cannot extend their stay in Australia, because the tourism industry is excluded from the list of occupations that are eligible for Second Working Holiday Visa. The Federal Australian Government is currently under pressure to allow working […]

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Top 4 job areas for New Zealand Working Holiday Makers

Searching for a new job can be a stressful experience for everyone. Therefore we decided to put together a brief list with some occupation fields that are available for people, who are in New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa. Adventure Tourism There are many opportunities for adventure tourism all around New Zealand. Adventure tourism […]

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