My wife & I have decided we want to Emirgrate to Austrailia and need some advice on how to approach it. We are looking to move over in the next 2-3yrs (To give us time to save up!!).
I'm an IT Support Techician (6yrs exp in various aspects of IT inc Networks, Server Admin, Desktop Support & Project management) & my wife is a Travel Agent (3Yrs experience). Two children (6yr old boy & soon to 15yr old girl).
This seems like a great site so I'm posting to ask a few queries I have (any responses most grateful!!).
1) We plan on trying to do the process ourselves to save money. In which order is it best to apply for things? I've been trying a free online tests but seem to fail because I don't seem to meet the Professional skills on the MODL list (and my our half's occupation isn't listed!!). Do you need to the Skills assessment first and them once this is passed go on with the other medical tests and Visa application?
2) Has anyone gone over to work in IT on this site? If so, which skills agency did you use? For a Computer Technician the 1121i form says to apply to TRA but I feel in have a more indepth knowledge of IT. I'm leaning toward, putting a skills assessment into the ACS (Australian Computer Society). I think I can put together a good case for being an all round IT Professional. Any advice?
3) Location - I have been looking around and we are thinking of the Perth area (possibly Adelaide). Any advice on an area that is reasonable for real estate (looking in the region of $300,000), good for young children (ie good schools & Colleges for my daughter, ex-PAT families) and also not run down (not that I'm a snob tho!!!).
4) Company sponsorship - Has anyone managed to get a IT company to sponsor them to move over there? I'm just trying to look at different options at the moment!
Sorry if I've rambled on!!! Any pointers would be great!