I am new to this website and I was wondering if I could get some advice from people who have been through the visa process. I am at the early stages of my decision on which was to approach working in Australia. My story is a long one so to cut a long story short I currently have 6 years experience working as an IT Infrastructure Team Leader/Manager for EDS/HP here in the UK. I met my current G/F who is australian in October and she is living here with me in the UK until we decide on where our future lies. As I see it I have three options.
1) Obtain a working Visa in hope that my skills are required and my job is on the skills shortage list.
2) Transfer with the company I work for (if that is possible)
3) Civil Partnership (in the future) But as far as I can gather the Gay rights are not as open as here in the UK?
I know the Visa application can be a long one and can be quit expensive. I have been on a few websites who act as agents and charge but I am a little wary of these. Has anyone used them and are they any good?
I have quite a few questions but for now I wont go on and on and on, I hope I have given enough info for someone to point me in the right direction.