I am only going to Oz on holiday for 4 weeks and not moving there but would like the idea to in the future. However for now let me explain my current problem and i am some of you might have the expiereince to help.
Im planning on going to oz in april to visit my girlfriend who is doing a round the world trip. I originally applied for an eta visa online and it came back fine and was all paid for. Problem is i read the small print which said this type of visa is not ok with a criminal record which i was unfortunate to get april last year. I got common assault for pushing someone who was shouting in my face they fell over cause a minor injury. Made a mistake in my life and now its coming back to haunt me all the time. Most annoying when im not a violent person and never been in trouble in my life. I got 100 hours community service which i completed with good reports. Ive called the oz embassy in london and was told to print of a 48R form (visa) which i filled in details including criminal record and brief discription of what happened. I was told it takes up to 10 days but my be a bit longer due to my case. Obviously im in a panic now and even if i get the visa i still have to tick the criminal record box on the passenger form on plane.
Anyone have any expierence on this basically to stop me worrying or any advice? thanks