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  1. Guest

    Looking for options.

    Guess I'll start with the cliche of 'hey everyone' =) I don't like to open new topics for questions that have previously been answered, but I've been searching the forums a lot and I think, with how confused I am, I would be better off opening my own thread for some direct advice. Although the forum name gives it away I'll start by stating the obvious: I'm looking at moving to Australia. My reason for deciding to make the move in the first place is due to my wonderful girlfriend living there (Brisbane), as time goes on it gets harder and harder to be apart from her, so I'm trying desperately to re-locate in some way, shape, or form as soon as possible. Although that was my deciding factor for starting my life out there... I have been learning more and more about Oz, and without really realizing it I've fallen madly in love with the place. My story is as follows: I'm 18 years of age, I left school officially in year 9 and was home educated until present, although I never sat my GCSE's, and therefore don't have any qualifications to my name. Now I realize that many people try and enter the fabulous country every year, and the process can be strict, but I know there is a way and I'm confident to find it, whatever it takes. I'll try and say the following without sounding like a hopeless teenager who has no idea whatsoever about anything (although, heh, I am) ~ I have never really had a set passion for anything, something I've focused on entirely and thought I'd like to pursue as a career; largely because of that fact, and also due to my circumstance, I will work at any profession and study/train for any skill that may get me settled there, and see it as an interesting adventure. There is so much information to be processed that I realized trying to find a set path by myself would be incredibly difficult. I have scoured the net clean for answers and solutions, due to the fact that I don't know of anyone in and around the area I live that could help me with the process. I know Australia is in desperate need of certain professions so my natural thoughts would be possibly taking an apprenticeship in one of the trades with the hope I could find a career in the professions it‘s most in need of. My second thought would be to find a place to study and go there on a student visa, but due to my qualifications, or lack there of, I'm not sure of any way to go about this; the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE and the Southbank Institute of Technology both look like they have promising answers, but even still I have no idea what it would take to go about studying there (I will email them both, respectively). It's a lot to sort out for someone of any age, I understand that, and while my friends are going off to uni in Bristol and Bournemouth, at 18 years old I'm re-locating to the other side of the world, it's a big journey and I'm aware of the work, but it feels 100% right and I have no doubts whatsoever... what's life without adventure eh? I'll save you the sob story and just say that I desperately need to be with my girlfriend as the time apart is unbearable, combined with my new found love for the beautiful country, it feels really like I'm away from home. If I'm studying or training to move out there I'd very much like to do it while I'm actually in Australia, it would save her having to come out here constantly and truth be told I don't think I can stay here much longer than the bare minimum amount of time to go about making the whole thing work. Financial aspects are a lot to think about and I'll be starting from scratch, over here in England we have a good life-style but we're scraping by, I will barely have enough to cover the costs of getting over there. I have a very small amount of money stored away and if it takes going to a university or something similar, I'll scrape the barrel of my college fund and borrow what I can from my parents to cover it. I guess my main question on the financial aspect is: will there be a way I can find a place to live? I know universities and colleges offer options for housing, will I be able to work jobs in my spare time to afford what they have to offer? I understand that apprenticeships pay, but since I would be having to rent, is it likely many people would accept a foreign tenant studying in the area? If not, are there facilities that cater to people in similar situations as me, possibly hostels or something similar? Basically, I have little clue as to what I will have to do, I often find leads and possibilities while I’m researching, but without any outside help I don’t really know any way of going about making them into plans. As I said, I will work, study, and train in absolutely anything that will get me over there. I’m young, willing to work, without disabilities or diseases (apart from very mild asthma) and although these may not be the days where elbow grease will get you by alone; I know it must help a considerable amount. I guess I’m asking you kind and knowledgeable people if you have any information in the slightest in regards to options I may have, because I’m more than willing to put the work in, whatever that may involve. Thank you all in advance =) I’ll be reading the forums and checking back regularly for any shred of advice you may have to offer; because where I learn a bit more about it all every day, some friendly advice from experienced people would go a long way to helping me on my journey. In the words of Ringo Starr: Peace & Love :tongue: Nathan :wink:
  2. Hi, I hope I'm doing this right, as I'm only new to using "online forums". My partner (from UK) and our 3 children are moving to Australia, I am currently already an Australian citizen (registered as their sponsor) as is our youngest. They are arriving on the Temporary Spouse Visa subclass 300. I know I will be entitled to Family Tax Benefits, but are there any other Centrelink benefits we could apply for or do we have to wait till after we get married and her visa becomes permanent to be entitled to anything else? We missed out on the $5,000 baby bonus by 4 weeks!!! (Cut off date was 22nd Feb 09 to apply for our youngest, and they arrive on the 19th March).
  3. Guest

    visa options for nurses

    I cannot go for a 175 visa as i haven't worked the required 20 hours or more for 12 out of the past 24 months. However i have a couple of interviews lined up where the hospitals are talking about sponsoring for a PR sponsored visa which i presume is the ENS 121? I know i will need to get my skills assesses for these but am i eligible to get one even though i haven't been working full time. (it says on the immi website that occupations in demand are exempt from this) and also will i have any problems with the skills assessment because i've ot been working full time. I've had a look on the anmc website and it seems that if i register with nursing board first i can do modified assessment which doesn't ask for any info on hours worked. also i have been offered a post on a 457 with PR sponsorship after 3 months either on the ENS or RSMS (cairns) and from others i've spoken to they did not need to get any skills assessment for these visas as they are already working in Oz as a nurse even though they have only been doing it a couple of months ot the 2 years that is supposed to be, is this another nursing exempt because of being on the csl? i thought i understood all this visa stuff but getting confued now
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    My Sons career options

    My oldest son is currently 13, will be 14 over the summer holidays. He is about to choose his options for school and has had sessions with the connexions people in school regarding career choices etc. He has come home and said he is quite interested in going into the Royal Marines, which i think is fantastic, i would only encourage him to do something like that. He would need A levels so therefore further educaiton would be necessary. Due to my partners age and my midwifery studying we would need to be emigrating in about three years time which would be Matts crutial time with starting his A levels and finishing school etc. Has anyone got any experience of this kind of thing, and what did you do. Obviously i wouldnt want our family decision to negatively impact on his further educaiton etc. Any advise or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated, along with your stories of similar situations. thanks em x
  5. Hi all, My wife and I came through Oz during our round the world honeymoon trip back in 2003, and of all the places we've both been Oz is the only country we've ever said we'd like to live in permanently. Recently we had a friend emigrate to Spain, and it got us thinking - we are both around 40 so if we're ever going to do something so radical now is the time. We went through the online imigration tests and our score is pretty crap. I'm a pre-sales software consultant and my wife is an office manager. Short of one or both of us completely re-training, or getting a sponsorship, I guess our chances are pretty slim of emigrating - just wondering if anyone has had similar experiences? Are there other options that we have not considered? Cheers all! Ken
  6. Guest

    scaffolding options

    Hi, does anyone know how a scaffolder can migrate to oz?? my partner has 13 years experience, advanced level, all his certs and has worked in scaffolding for 6 months for a company in QLD, and this company is desperate to have him back but scaffolding is not on the skills list for 457!!!!! any help much appreciated
  7. I need information on options for visa holders under contract. So, if the contract doesn't go through with my situation, I'm sent back. But, I don't want to be. So, what do I do to counteract this? As someone who is migrating, can you take advantage of self - employment options? I've worked from home before, and think I could do the same thing in a foreign country, but I'm not sure what is allowed.
  8. Hi there My husband and I have applied to SA SRS 475 visa. I am a policy officer, with quite a few years experience and my husband retrained last year as an Electrician (from Excavator Machine Driver). I have a degree and he has part 1 and part 2 of his electrician qualifications, allowing him to work in the UK as a domestic installer (which he has been doing for the last year). I read a post on this site that said the occupations under the 475 visa have changed for South Australia. I since checked and my occupation has been removed. Can't believe it. I am waiting for a decision from SA immigration dept but as I submitted my application at the end of October, I am assuming I missed the deadline for the changes. Does anyone know any more about this? I am now trying to think of other ways to emigrate. My husband and I attended an expo and thought the SRS visa was a good way to go as we like Adelaide and would be happy to locate there for min 2 years (we have a 2 year old so thought might be a good place to start). We had considered going on a student visa so my husband could continue studying electrics but don't think we could survive on 20 hrs per week earning in our areas of work. Also, we are 31 and 40 so not eligible for working holiday visa. I would really appreciate any help or advice anyone can give. Thanks very much, Charlie
  9. Hey, Ive been a learning disability nurse for about 4 years which I've really enjoyed and now I'm seriously looking at the option of going over to Australia next year sometime. However, I'm having great difficulty trying to find equivilant jobs over there. I know we are recognised in areas yet there doesnt seem to be a great demmand. Does anyone have any pointers? More than anything I want to go over there, so if Learning Disability Nursing isn't an option, would it be tough getting a job in another area (nursing or otherwise)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Cheers
  10. Hi I'm moving to Sydney, fly in 2 weeks time, on a Spouse Visa - other half is Aussie. I have 16 year-old son, who is remaining in UK till he does his GCSEs next Summer and will then join us. He's a good student and is at a very good Grammar School in Northern Ireland. What I'd like to know thow is what the easiest or best processes are to get him in to resume his secondary education before hopping off ti Uni. What are best options for him to resume his A-level (or equivalent) or 6th-form studies etc in our new location? Is it easy to arrange academic transfer to good schools? Id rather not go private, but may consider if no options, and will examine the selective route first - any one experience or know of similar at all ? All advice gratefully received! Best wishes S
  11. Guest

    utilities options

    Hi Our rental house has been approved, now we need to sort out conecting to utilities, does anyone have any recomendations, as the few comparision sites I have found require existing bills which of course we do not yet have. Any advice about internet/phone packages also appreciated. Thanks
  12. Hello everyone! advice needed. I am British - now with a temp. spouse visa* and my husband is Australian. My mum is 66, single, has a pacemaker and a bit of a dodgy tum but still works and is in general good health. She would eventually like to live with us. Now I have 2 brothers - although she only has contact with 1 of them am I right in thinking this will stop her from joining us? (50% rule) What other options are there? How long can a visitor stay for? I hear there is a visa for aged parents where they can stay a year? Is this correct? Any help/experience greatfully received! *Came through in 3 weeks! - many thanks to all for the help and advice
  13. Sorry to keep posting about this, but we are quickly running out of options and time. These are our three options - We may be able to get a furnished rental in the box apartments, hay st, perth, pool and gym, but we are unsure as to the area? Is this in a nice area or will we be disappointed with out choice? An apartment on Hay st in east Perth with pool and gym? Or a ground floor apartment in Subi with no pool just a terrace? I know a lot of people including my Hubby prefer Subi to central Perth but i really want access to a pool as I wont be able to work whilst im there so it will give me something to do (and hopefully get fitter). Any advice on areas on Hay St Perth / East Perth would be fantastic. Which would you choose and why? Many thanks Emma x
  14. Guest

    Options for PR?

    Hi All, I am here on a 457 visa, have been for 11 months along with my OH. We have settled in really well, and wondered what the options are for us to apply for PR? I am hearing all sorts of stories and can't really make any sense of the info on the DIAC site. Anyone have any info on how we can apply? I have been advised that if I remain with my employer for 2 years they can sponsor me for a PR but they aren't obliged to? :wacko: Thanks
  15. i am 42 years old and ihave been living in ACT for3 years as a finance manager on a subclass 457 visa .i have a 20 years old daughter who lives with me and who is studying in engineering firm fultime in university. i have got boy friend who is a New- zealand citizen since 1995,now i would like to apply for PR.what are the options to apply for austrlia PR plzzzzzzzzzzz ASAPPPPPPPP
  16. ok im tryign to get to grips with this, is there a link to a list fo the current visa types and how they work? :goofy: going gaga here. so far i have worked out 457 is a work sponsored visa for skilled worker to go to oz. if we go out on that then having lived there for 12 months will help us get a permanent visa? other visas im not sure about - there must be a list somewhere in lamens terms?? please TY
  17. Hi i have a couple of questions.... Im 29 and would love to live and work in Oz with the view to migrate one day. I have a posible Job offer working with adults with Learning dissabilities nr sydney which im in the process of finding out more about and to see if this is a genuine offer as it through a friend of a friend. I'm already in this line of work so would suite me well. If this job works out what would be the best visa for me to apply for and how long would i be allowed to do the job. And could it help me to eventually get permenant residencey? i would prefer to be about to stay in Oz for more than a year. Also i have a brother in Oz who is not yet a permenant resident but hopes to be and i have a australian niece hense a big part of me wanting to move to Oz. Also my boyfriend who is 36 and a graphic designer is also looking to migrate? he is very experienced in his work but is not qualified... We were looking at the regional skilled visa option, has anyone else done this? i get the feeling we wont qualify for it being that my job isnt listed and my boyfriend isnt qualified in his field although very experienced. I was wondering if anyone can advise of the best route for us to take as i have done loads of reserch and it is alot of info to take in and looks so hard to get it! Thank you
  18. Hi i have a couple of questions.... Im 29 and would love to live and work in Oz with the view to migrate one day. I have a posible Job offer working with adults with Learning dissabilities nr sydney which im in the process of finding out more about and to see if this is a genuine offer as it through a friend of a friend. I'm already in this line of work so would suite me well. If this job works out what would be the best visa for me to apply for and how long would i be allowed to do the job. And could it help me to eventually get permenant residencey? i would prefer to be about to stay in Oz for more than a year. Also i have a brother in Oz who is not yet a permenant resident but hopes to be and i have a australian niece hense a big part of me wanting to move to Oz. Also my boyfriend who is 36 and a graphic designer is also looking to migrate? he is very experienced in his work but is not qualified... We were looking at the regional skilled visa option, has anyone else done this? i get the feeling we wont qualify for it being that my job isnt listed and my boyfriend isnt qualified in his field although very experienced. I was wondering if anyone can advise of the best route for us to take as i have done loads of reserch and it is alot of info to take in and looks so hard to get it! Thank you
  19. Hi Wondering if anyone can help me I applied for a 457 visa via an on hire company in november 2007. They have not signed a labour agreement with the government so technically cannot hire people but can submit visas, therefore i am on a bridging visa until "the company" and the government come to an agreement. it has been some time now. Do i have any options which will allow me to stay in my job, and not leave the country? I wish to get away from the on hire company completely without leaving my job or the country. For example cancel my 457 application (to which i do not have a case officer yet) then submit a defacto visa (partner) in the two weeks or so i have to leave the country? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Dan
  20. I have been in Australia for just over 3 years on a company sponsored 457 visa. Im thinking about asking my employer to sponsor me for a permanent resident, if I can bear to lose the LAFHA! Im also quite keen to leave my employer and start my own business, and thats my driver for becoming a permanent resident. My question is: If I become a permanent resident am I then free to work for any other company or indeed create my own company?
  21. Hi, one of our two sons emigrated to Victoria in April, the other son lives outside the UK. OH's sister and family live in Sydney, I have one brother and family in UK. we realise we can go down the CPV/parent visa route (in 2 years or so when they are 'settled'), but are there any other options open to us? OH is the last relative, but I still have family here if I understand it correctly? still want to work until OH is 65, and would have lumps sum of £150k to take with us we are going for a holiday in September, so if there anything we could do then, ie possible employers etc, would be a good time to sort out many thanks Mopsy
  22. Hi, we have sent out hubbys C.V to quite a lot of Scaffolding Companies , but have not had one reply and not even a thanks but no thanks which has really disheartened us. Does anyone know if we could go out on a 12 month holiday visa, then hubby could get sponsored easier as being face to face, interviews etc. I know we would then have to change our visa over, but not sure if that means we would have to leave country and re-enter or some red tape like that? Or was considering getting me in on a Student Visa and hubby then doing the same thing as above? Just worried about the student fees cos I have heard they are mega bucks? Can anyone advise me, or throw any light on any of our ideas, either positive or negative? many thanks, ADAMS FAMILY FROM SIDCUP, KENT.
  23. I'm starting to come to the conclusion that i just can't wait till october to get downunder so i think i'm going to bite the bullet, go with less money and aim for flying out the first week of July!! :jiggy: I'm wanting to live somewhere around the northern gold coast ish area, basically somewhere within easy commuting distance to where all the work is. I'm not a fussy person am quite happy to live in a shack, caravan park, shared accomodation for while whilst i get a job sorted, am just a single chap emmigrating alone btw. Has anyone got any info or links on residential van parks or other cheap accomadation in that area? or ideas of areas near work at good prices? Mucho thanks!
  24. Hello My GF and soon to be wife as received an offer of a job in Australia. She it well qualified with a Masters in International Business, Media and Marketing, I on the other hand have nothing except experience. I have worked in the home automation/Smart home technology industry for 16 years as well as sales experience. My job was to install and program systems into luxury homes. (Lighting, Cinema Multi-room audio, Security etc). Some of my former clients were premiership footballers. Although I am not to concerned about going to Oz personally, I will if it means in the long run we will be better off because of my GF credentials. What I want to know if it can be answered, is how difficult is it for someone like me with no paper work. Many Thanks
  25. Hi everyone, I am just about to send off my completed application form to HIFX, as I need to send money to an oz bank account. This company has been recommended, but saw a financial advisor last week, who said it's worth shopping around. I had a quick 'shop around' the internet, but wasn't sure what I was looking for, and couldn't find much that made one company out to be better than another. Anyone with any experience of this, can you help, please? At the moment I just want to send over £100 a month to a Commonwealth bank saver account, but may be in a position to send more later on in the year, as and when (if!) the prices are good. It is likely I will need to send over £100 000 to finance a land purchase by December / January when the titles are ready. Any general advice will be gratefully received. Thank you in advance, Caroline JP
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