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Kevin McAuley

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  1. Kevin McAuley

    The 101 on the 457 visa - How I did it

    If you’re thinking of moving to the land of Oz, and you fancy yourself to be a bit of a skilled worker, the 457 visa may be your way to do it. What it is The 457 visa, is technically a subclass of something called the Temporary Skilled Work Standard Business Sponsorship. The Australian Government has been working over the past few years to reduce the processing times for 457 applications, which is great news for people like you and me! What it entitles you to – The 457 allows you to stay in Australia for a period of 4 years. After these 4 years are up, your employer can either renew your 457, or you can apply for Australian Permanent Residency after 2 years (I’ll be sure to come back give you a rundown of this process if I eventually end up doing this myself) Conditions of the visa – There are a few conditions of the visa which you need to meet to continue being eligible. · You must work full time (i.e. at least 35 hours a week) for the whole duration of your stay. If you stop working for that employer for whatever reason, you’ve got 28 days to find a new employer to sponsor you, or unfortunately, you’ll have to leave Oz. · You can only work for one employer at a time. So no part time jobs or freelancing. Is it the right visa for you? The 457 may be right for you if: · You have a skill you think would be useful to an employer in Australia (whether it be a technical, professional or manual skill) · You want to move to Australia temporarily, with the intention to move permanently. How much will it cost? $350 at the time of your application. Depending on your employer, they may pay this fee for you, but be prepared to pay it if you have to. Steps: 1. Before you go – Start scoping out the job market in Australia BEFORE you leave, and think about what type of industry you’d like to work in. It doesn’t hurt to test the waters and start emailing a few companies to see if they’ve got any jobs available. 2. Working Holiday Visa – My suggestion would be to apply for a Working Holiday visa, which is easy to do online. Some of people use this as a kind of “foot in the door” way to actually get to Australia, and allows them to find a job while they’re actually there, at it’s often easier if you can meet with employers face to face, rather than over the phone or email. Almost goes without saying, but make sure you’ll be financially able to support yourself during your job search! 3. Make it clear to your company that you’re after the 457 sponsorship – I made it clear from day one that my goal was to get the 457 sponsorship through the company. So be upfront and let them know you’ll be willing to work hard for it. 4. Apply through your company – If all goes well and your company is happy to sponsor you, they’ll first have to apply to be a sponsor (if they haven’t already). I was lucky in that my company had already sponsored quite a few people before, but check that your employer is willing to do so (it’s a $425 fee they’ll have to pay, plus $85 to nominate you specifically). 5. Gather your documents – If your employer has sponsored a few people before, like my employer had, there should be someone within the company who’s experienced in the process and should be able to help you out by starting the application online for you. Then you’ll just have to go in and fill in your parts of the form. You’ll need to upload authorized copies of things like your passport, birth certificate (most post offices can authorise copies for you). 6. Apply – lodge the application online. Theoretically it takes 22 days for processing, but like I said, this should be much shorter now due to changes in the Australian Government budget. Things to keep in mind: · As I’ve said in a previous post, be prepared to work your butt of in the job you find – your employer must see you as a valuable employee. · Consider travelleing a bit first if you can, this is something I didn’t do and regret to a certain degree. · You could do regional work to get a 2nd working holiday visa which could then give you over 18 months to find that sponsor. That’s it! I know this all seems kind of complicated at first, and as with any applications through the government, it can be! But I hope this has at least given you a bit of an introduction and summary As always, feel free to PM me with any questions you have – happy to share my advice =)If you’re thinking of moving to the land of Oz, and you fancy yourself to be a bit of a skilled worker, the 457 visa may be your way to do it.
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    The 101 on the 457 visa - How I did it

    Hi Blossom, Thanks for the additional information. I guess that subconsciously I write for people like myself who are perhaps younger and single and forget to thing of those who have kids ect! Great feedback though. (Also not sure why it posted twice, thanks to Rupert for amending)
  3. Well... It's been quite sometime since I logged onto this forum but the reason I am back is because I know what it is like when you first start thinking about making the move, should you vs. shouldn't you and I remember getting some great information from other members of this forum that really helped me out. Honestly at the time I could not fathom how many things I would of experienced and how much has changed. Knowing what I know now I don't really think that you can grasp what it's like to take the plunge until you actually do it no matter how much great information you get from the people on here. That said, there are some things that you can learn and pick up that can make the transition easier such as knowing where to look for work, how to get a visa and technical things like that but your own individual experience will be yours alone and that is a good thing. I get asked a lot by friends at home now who see my photo's on Facebook what it is like here, if I enjoy it and how to do it. I managed to do it by getting sponsored with a 457 visa through my employer. Now while this option may not be the most appropriate for everyone or even open for all its probably worth looking into because there are still jobs that one can get without much experience previously and make it work, such as recruitment for example. How I managed to get sponsored is something I get asked a lot so here are a few simple tips that helped me that may help someone else: 1) Identify potential jobs that you would like that you get sponsored for 2) Start emailing directly for openings instead of waiting on job sites and state that you are planning on working in Australia for a long time 3) Use a working holiday visa to get to Australia and get your foot in the door (I know this isn't an option for all but it's what I did) 4) Work your butt off to prove yourself in the company (You may have to move into a new industry and learn quickly) 5) Enjoy Aussie life. I know that seems pretty simple but I did have to work hard in my jobs to finally get the sign off on the 457. If you are planning on trying the WHV to 457 route and have any questions feel free to hit me up in the meantime here is a little video I made in the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney to whet your appetite for your move...http://youtu.be/er16vXbpXaw enjoy
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    How I Got a 457 Visa (18 months in Australia Update!)

    Thanks Fleabo! Thanks moving 2... I have been working with your friend Serena Star Leonard recently? Go ahead PatrickG - Google me or go to my blog and hit me up anywhere you like (FB, LinkedIn Ect) I am not hard to find (Kevin James McAuley)
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    457 visa

    Hope it comes through for you!
  6. Hi Guys, Just wondering how many other people on here are trying to get a 457 visa? I am currently on a working holiday visa and trying to land the 457 with my employer. Is anyone else in the same boat?
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    Another '10 reasons' thread

    haha, I agree with domestic godess. If it's going worse than Ireland then you's are in bad way!
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    BBC iplayer now available as an iPad app

    Cool, Do you know if it works on iPhone so I can be a geek and watch Merlin!?
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    457 Visa - Advice needed!

    Sounds like you need to get a new job if the guys that you for at the minute won't give you a permanent role. Or else they need to offer you a permanent position, if they won't then you don't really owe them anything! When I was applying for jobs in Sydney I was saying on my cover letter that I was looking to get sponsored. If you have been working in your last job for 6 months then I imagine that you are fairly decent at it and getting a similar role will be easy enough, just say you are looking sponsored. Let me know how you get on.
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    Disaster of a First Day!

    Thanks guys. Yeah we can't (not that would of) because they think we have Mad Cow Disease..... MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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    Disaster of a First Day!

    Well guys I started working on Tuesday and had a shocker the rest of the week was awesome got to see loads of other cool sites like Martyn place, went out with a few peeps from work to the Rocks and to Kings Cross... Then to top it off we had a BBQ and drinks on the roof on Friday Certainly beats the working week back in the UK don't ya think?
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    Life in Cronulla

    I would like to but there is not enough light at this time of year and even in the summer it would be a stretch to do it and make it to the city. If you worked in Cronulla it would be easy but the city in all reality by the time you walk to the station ect is over an hour away. Lilli Pilli... You must have some coin! good for you!
  13. Well fellow Pomsinoz... I doubt that anyone here has made quite the hash of their first day in work as I managed to do when I started working in the city on Tuesday!
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    Life in Cronulla

    Hey, I currently live in Miranda with friends which is just down the road from Cronulla. But Cronulla is really nice, I was surfing down there this morning so yeah it is cool. There are a good few cafe's and bars but no where near as many as in the City area's. They are building a new suburb at the far end of Cronulla beach called Green Hills that might be worth checking out.
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    Sydney.....one month in living and working

    This is a great post mate. I am in a similar situation in that I have just been Sydney for over a month. The difference is I am 26 and don't have a lot of the same responsibilities and out lays that you have compared to myself. You do have to work hard Monday to Friday but for me, if I get to spend my weekends surfing and enjoying the nice weather then for me it's worth it. Hope it all works out for you mate. All the best, Kev
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    3 Weeks in Sydney... The Story So Far!

    Thank you! I really appreciate it!
  17. Well guys, About a month and a half ago I posted in this forum my reasons for wanting to go to Oz and my aspirations for when I got there! I just wanted to check in with ya all to let you know how well it is going! Firstly I managed to get in the country which was the first step! Next I managed to get myself a really good job started asap and will be doing that from this coming Tuesday in the CBD. I also updated my blog in the signature below with a more detailed account of my first three weeks down under for anyone that is interested (http://www.livinginsydneyandnsw.com/http://www.livinginsydneyandnsw.com/my-first-three-weeks-in-sydney-australia) Please let me know what you think! Kev
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    If Your Getting SICK of Waiting For a Visa Read This Now!

    D'oh! Thanks guys!
  19. Hey guys, I wanted to put this is here as I saw there are over 170 people viewing the immigration section of the forum. I am sure it is a long and arduous process and sometimes seems like it's never gonna happen but stick with it. I landed in Oz three weeks and it is amazing, seriously happy that I am here. So I just wanted to say keep going because I think it will be worth it for you! All the best, Kev P.S. I have recently updated the blog in my signature so if you would like to see how I am getting on then please check it out.
  20. Hi Guys, I am in the process of transferring my money to my Australian account. I have been looking at the various options such as Moneycorp that is advertised on this forum but the one that is the most interesting (because it seems to offer the best rates) is http://www.currencyfair.com. I just wanted to know if anyone else here had used it and how they found it? P.S. I wish I transferred my money a few months ago! The pound's value is shocking!
  21. Hi everyone, I am trying to organize insurance for my move to Australia. I am going initially on a working holiday visa though I will be trying to get a sponsorship so that I can stay longer. I am looking for holiday insurance that will obviously cover me if I have an accident or get sick but has a pretty low excess. The 96 pound policy mentioned in the title was found on money supermarket.com has a 100 excess. Obviously I am aware that if you pay for the more expensive premiums you pay zero excess but I do not want to spend a lot right now. I also want to be covered for activities like surfing. Also I want to have public liabilty in case I was to hurt someone doing an activity like surfing which I imagine could be easily done on a busy Ozzie beach. My question was just who you guys got insured with and if you are moving permanently then what do you do insurance wise for health and dentist? Thanks
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    Less Than 24 Hours!

    Any Advice guys!!
  23. Beautiful photo's susie!
  24. I am not in the same boat but I imagine that when you applied you applied because of the dream of better life. You gotta keep that dream to mind and endeavor to make it a reality if though if the amount to do and organize like schools for kids, jobs etc all seems like a mountain climb at the moment. Keep your eyes on the prize as they say and get out there!
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    How Much Should I Budget For...

    Guys I know this topic has been done to death with lots of general questions on the cost of living in Sydney but I have just received a job offer and am trying to plan where to live and how much I will need so I would love to get answers to this from people currently living in Sydney... My Job pays $43,000 basic which, after using an Aussie tax calculator, equates to $709 per week after tax (apparently). I will also get commissins/bonuses and might do other part time work but lets just stick with that for now! I want to live by the beach, the surf lifestyle is my primary motivation for moving so I will be living Cronulla, Coogee, Maroubra or Manly most likely and have been offered the above job in the CBD. I am looking at shared accommodation and it varies from $170-350 + per week some with bills included. My main question is how much should I budget for: Food (to buy groceries/ eat out sometimes/ get lunch at work) Travel Entertainment What else am I forgetting?? Thanks
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