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  1. I have always had a dream of moving to australia but things in my life have so far prevented me which leaves me in the position that I am 31 with a daughter, I am a qualified hairdresser and have been for 3 years and have an NVQ 3 and my partner is a part qualified electrician hopefully will be fully qualified next year at an age of 42. I have been told that my best chance is to take my ILETS english and get my NVQ3 turned into an AQFIII and then work with my AQFIII over here for a further year and hope that I can still get state sponsored at a cost of £1900. Or wait till my partner qualifies and try get VETESSES and wait a further year then again apply state sponsored?? I have been told that because I didn't do a full apprenticeship my quals don't count and need to get AQFIII status? Has anyone else been in the position because I don't think if we wait a year we will get enough points due to my partners age - any help would be greatly appreciated I'm so confused over the different things i have been advised by an agent?? I really don't think we are going to get there and am devastated
  2. Guest

    457 - taking forever!

    Hi guys - new to the forum, so im sorry if all this has been mentioned and discussed before. Currently waiting on my 457 to (hopefully) be granted. Sponsorship and nomination visa's all ticking along nicely. But my part of the visa seems to be at a standstill. Submitted begining of June - but i havent heard anything. I have submitted all paperwork that i am aware that needs to be submitted. But stil just appears at the processing stage. Its killing me, im itching to get out there! Without a date its hard to completely prepare by selling car, packing things etc. Nightmare! Anyone else in the process? Or heading to Melbourne way?? Thanks in advance Lani :biggrin:
  3. gypsy10

    Its going to take forever :O(

    I've been reading some peoples posts and they submitted their visa apps. early 2008 and are still waiting waiting waiting. We've only just got our positive skills assessment in July and can't even apply for a visa yet! I wonder how long we'll be waiting just to apply for the visa. :wacko:
  4. Guest

    Heading back, but not forever

    Hey everyone, how are we all? Ok, I'm on the verge of getting my PR via the ENS visa... I really can't wait. Any how, I want to head home after it's been granted for a little while, 6 months max maybe. Been out here for four years and am just in need of home for a bit, you know? Good pubs and gravy. Anyhow, that's not the issue. My girfriend is Australian and would love to come too, sweet! she's used her working visa thanks to a very stubborn immigration officer who insisted she activated it when we went back for a short holiday. It was never used (properly) and the time on it has long but vanished. So, I'm looking for some advice on going the other way for an australian... is their an equivalent site with helpful tips for going to the uk? ozinpoms.com maybe?! As we may go for a while it would be handy if she could work, both for monetary and social reasons. Without the working holiday visa though we're a little lost as to the best approach... Any help VERY much appreciated, Cheers! :smile:
  5. I put in for my spouse 801 and 820 in last week and received a letter saying i'm on a bridging visa does it really take them long to process as 6 months seems to be a long wait . I know it worth the wait and i handed them all the documentation they need as they where suprised I was really orgzinsed Myself and the wife spent hours making sure we had everything and every base was covered No idea what they where expecting:unsure::unsure:
  6. Hi, This may sound like a silly question but if i manage to get a skilled worker visa for my ocupation do i have to do this job when i get to Oz or can i change my career when i get there? thanks Sam
  7. Guest

    Jaguar Man -- Forever

    JAGUAR MAN -- FOREVER Ron Gaudion is standing outside his garage in the winter sunshine painstakingly rubbing back the duco from the bonnet of a 1957 Jaguar XK140 - the 3500th. hour he has spent during 30 months, working on the car. He had discovered the wreck near Sydney. It had been left out in the open for years and its floor had rusted back to the fire wall. Next to its cloth-covered chassis in the small garage behind him, is a gleaming white 1963 Mark II he has taken five years to bring back to the mint condition it was in when it left the Coventry factory more than a quarter of a century ago. The green Connolly leather upholstery is as new; the walnut facia is faultless and glints in the sun. In the centenary year of the British motor industry, Jaguar aficianado Ron is looked upon in Australia with some awe. He was part of the "family" who created Jaguars at Browns Lane and was intimately associated with the D-Type wins at Le Mans in France; the only engineer to prepare and crew each of the Le Mans-winning D-Types in their three victories. What is it about a Jaguar that causes enthusiasts’ eyes to glaze over? Ron admits: ‘Even talking about it makes little pins and needles still shoot up the side of my face.’ When he first applied to work as an engineer at Jaguar they said there wasn’t a job. Then somebody told him about a special project in which 100 D-Types were to be built. This time he was taken aboard. ‘I was 23 and had never been in a Jaguar in my life. I’d restored an old Austin 7 and raced an MGTC on hill climbs.’ Then they asked him to drive a D-Type to the airport to be flown across to Le Mans. ‘All you could feel was this throbbing power and hear the sound of the exhaust; it was fantastic. ‘It was the first time I’d even been in top gear! I’d helped shuttle the cars around at the factory, but never on the road. There were six cars being taken to Le Mans and I was last in line. I had no idea where I was going, except to keep an eye on the car in front. ‘We were going through these winding country lanes when all of a sudden a farmer drove his tractor out in front of me and I lost the others. To catch up, I had to put my foot down. I would have been doing about 155 mph, but I wasn’t sure because the car only had a rev counter, no speedometer. When you are doing 120 and you put your foot down, you still feel the thrust in your back.’ Ron’s blue eyes are shining with the memory of it. He’s asked "How many Jaguars?" ‘I’ve had 11,’ he nods towards the garage, ‘with these two. I’ll sell the XK140 and keep the 3.8. It’s an enthusiast’s car - a classic.’ It was an old car—but not a Jaguar—that set Ron up for life when he had left Coventry and his job looking after the D-Type driving Ecurie Ecosse, the Scots team which was the first private team ever to win at Le Mans. He was having an after-hours drink in a Victorian country pub. ‘I was with a friend talking old cars. You could find them in old sheds with chooks living in them if you looked hard enough.’ Listening into the conversation was a man further down the bar who said: ‘I know where there’s an old car.’ He took Ron to see a tobacco farmer at the tiny settlement of Dandongadale who took him to a shed. There stood a 1919 30/98 E-Type Vauxhall; its hood in tatters, the stuffing protruding from its seats and the inevitable chickens roosting in it. The farmer said he’d had the car for 29 years and Ron could have it for £125, but he wanted a last drive in it before he got rid of it. ‘He hooked the old car up behind his tractor, driven by his wife. The engine gave a couple of "choofs" and a few bangs and burst into life! It was running roughly; but after all those years lying there, it was actually turning over. The farmer opened up the bonnet and twiddled with the carburettor idling needle and it then went perfectly. The whole family got into it, they drove through paddocks over pot-holes and over stumps and then it was handed over to me. It had no brakes - the footbrake was seized solid and the handbrake useless.’ Ron drove the car 170 miles to Melbourne behind his brother in a Holden, nudging the front car when the gears didn’t help slow the Vauxhall quickly enough for him. ‘It was a scary trip, particularly going down the Great Dividing Range.’ Ron worked on the Vauxhall for five years, stripping it down to its bare chassis, removing every nut and bolt. An English enthusiast heard about it and offered him $130,000 for it. It went back to where it had been produced and financed Ron’s Jaguar passion for life. ‘I was glad it went back to England. It would have hurt me to see somebody else driving it about Australia.’
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