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  1. Hi all I couldn't see any general discussing on here in respect of migration to Australia as a solicitor. My position is as follows: I was called to the bar in 2008. I lived in Melbourne (working as a paralegal on a working holiday visa) from April 2009 - March 2010. I then cross qualified and have been admitted as a solicitor after 2 years with my current firm London (City firm - property litigation). I have always intended to return to Australia (probably Sydney). Before my current NQ position was confirmed I was applying for jobs in London and Australia and definitely had interest from Australian recruiters (although hadn't heard anything back from firms). I had intended to apply for an Independent Skilled Migrant visa if I was in this position, on the basis that I would want to return within the next couple of years anyway and the rules will change on 1 July (scary stuff). I'm now concerned that getting admitted in NSW (a criteria of that visa), while living and working in London, will prove too administratively difficult and also that I don't have time to do this and submit my visa application before 1 July. Also, it would obviously be far more straightforward to obtain sponsorship (to be employed as an Overseas Lawyer), then cross qualify with the support of a firm further down the line if necessary. Does anyone have similar concerns/issues? Is anyone else looking to migrate as a lawyer, or has anyone managed to do so? What is you experience of the job market for foreign qualified lawyers in Australia? Feel free to discuss this and anything else! Tips and advice appreciate, but also questions - I guess the idea of this site is can all help each other and - if nothing else - provide moral support! Thanks. Shelly
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