Iíve gotten in a bit of a pickle and I am hoping someone might know the next best route..
Quite a while ago, I purchased a home here in Australia. To get my initial visa, I dealt with and visited too many migration agents/solicitors here in Australia and paid quite a bit of money for not much advice.. I was traveling in and out of the country on a tourist visa and was stopped at the airport one day. I was threatened to be kicked out because it was looking like I was trying to permanently live here. In other words, I was allowed by the government to buy a home on a tourist visa, but that set up flags that I was trying to live here. I was able to show everything I had done up to that point to get a visa and demonstrated the run around I was getting with migration agents, etcÖ Because I had it well documented that I had actually tried getting a proper visa, I was given an ultimatum. The option was to get a proper visa in the next 3 months, or get out of the country.
Iím here in Australia now on a 457 visa. The company I work for is run by two brothers. When I started the job, the two brothers ended up having issues/words about the business and pretty much split. I got stuck in the middle of the family quarrel and the main brother of the company pretty much just let it fall apart. It has been put on my shoulders to continually bring in money for the business to pay for my life here, or risk having to move on as the two brothers in the company arenít going to bother.
I have now spent money for my 457 visa, for ACS certification, 176 Visa application, and more. I did manage to get SS from NSW and was hoping that it would be my golden ticket to finally get PR here in Oz and not be tied to a business ever again (especially a family business).. I have been here for 2.5 years now and with owning a home and having my whole life here, I have a lot to lose.. I donít want to leave Oz as Iíve always wanted to make a life here and I truly feel there is no place better in the world for me to live.
With the financial issues in the country, the business Iím working for will probably be closing doors soon.. So today I went to the University to look at classes so I could switch to a student visa. I already have a Uni degree, but am willing to do anything to pass time till my 176 visa gets approved.. If that ever happens due to the reprioritizing of us 176 SS people..
I was thinking about it and wanted to know if it would be possible to get a bridging visa till my 176 gets approved or declined? I am a self funded retiree, and can live on my funds for however long as need be.. So that wouldnít be an issue for me.. I just really want to get away from the business Iím with.. Iíll pre-empt this before someone says, ďgo find another sponsorĒ.. Iím living in rural NSW where there arenít a lot of people willing to pay someone $60,000 a year for IT skills.. I was lucky the first time around (so I thought).. So any advice would be greatly appreciated..
Thanks and aloha