Hi, can anyone recommend a migration agent or someone with a bit of knowledge about the TRA assessment please?
I'm trying to get an idea if OH will be able to pass TRA assessment, as his situation is a bit complicated:
He's been self-employed (sub contracting) as a plasterer since end of 2004. However, before this his full-time job was as a quality control supervisor in a glass factory, which was shift work. As he hated this job and wanted to learn a trade, from 2001 he started, on an "as and when he could fit it round his shifts" basis, going with a plastering friend of his (who he still works with today), labouring for him and generally learning the trade from the bottom up.
I understand for the TRA assessment, he needs to prove 5 (or is it 6??) years experience in his trade, which he does have in a fashion, but because there was no "official" wages being paid, we have no tax return etc to prove this. His friend gave him his "old" tools as he upgraded his and my OH was just happy to have a light at the end of his factory working life tunnel!! His friend would be happy to provide a statutory declaration to this effect, but would the TRA accept this?? I have tried to contact a migration agent that was recommended on this site(gomatilda.com) but they are not getting back to me.
Can anyone shed any light on this subject because I would just like to know if we stand any chance of getting the TRA passed at this stage or if we will have to wait another few years - is it 5 or 6 years he needs???? Anybody who can help or has any other ideas how we can squeeze through (!!!) ; would be so appreciated!! I'm losing sleep over this, I am SO desperate to start the ball rolling.