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Hello everyone, My friend recommended me Pomsinoz to be the best to ask about migration to Australia. Let me describe our situation. Me and my girlfriend are both 22, Czech citizens, living in the UK. 1) I'm a front-end web developer / user experience designer with 3 years experience in the UK (as a self-employed worked for 5 companies, now working as a permanent for one of the biggest software companies). Before I moved to the UK, I was self-employed in the Czech Republic working for around 50 smaller clients. I finished high school (it's the highest degree you can obtain in Czech before going to university). 2) My girlfriend just started her professional life. Although she's just finished bachelor degree, she found a passion in training people in a gym. She's got 4 years experience working as a personal trainer while studying her uni. We are both looking for a work visa but if at least one of us could get it, we'll support each other. My girlfriend also found some courses she'd like to attend so student visa could work well. Do you think there is any chance I could get a business visa and work as a contractor in Australia? That would be the best case. We looked for as much information as we could but if you point us on the right direction (send us helpful links, tell us your personal experience, tips that can help us) we would be so happy. And of course, you will have a beer/tea/whatever you drink on us :-). We are more than happy to answer and questions that help you identify our situation better. Thank you very much. Jiri & Beata
Hi all, I'm new to the forum, so I don't know if this question has been answered already, I have been browsing the topics for a bit but haven't found anything, but I see you have helped many people gain some peace of mind, and I will be very grateful if someone could answer my questions. I came to SA on a 119 visa on April/2011. I have been working for my sponsor until July/2012. I have made a personal effort to remain with them but due to them not being able to afford my full time hours anymore and impending selling of the business I don't work for them anymore. I have gather my information about the posibility of cancellation of my PR (thanks to this forum and through an IL friend), but here are some questions I couldn't find an answer for regarding finding and applying for a new job: - Do I have to let them know on the interview about my special circumstances? - If a prospective employer asks my permission to check my work rights/visa status through V.E.V.O., what information can they see? can they see I am still suppossed to be on my 2 year contract with my sponsor? Can they reject my job application because of this? - I was granted the visa in a cook position (I have been a cook since I was 18 to pay for my studies), but 7 months after my visa was granted I finish an academic degree on science. Is it possible to take a new job on this or do I have to remain a cook until the 2 year period expires? I have been looking for a new job since July but haven't been lucky so far. Got only one interview and when asked if I had PR and when I arrived to Australia, the interviewer didn't seem to believe me. thanks in advance for the responses. Cheers
The Pom Queen posted a topic in Aussie ChatNot sure how this can be true, maybe ones on student visas will take any job going but I can't think that many PIO members have come over here as a skilled worker and just cleaned toilets. They clean toilets, drive taxis and wait tables - jobs that are so far "beneath" many Australians the federal government is considering importing thousands of migrant workers to fill critically short-staffed local industries. A growing underclass is developing in Australia - a country once respected for its work ethic - where entire service professions are being left to foreigners, The Daily Telegraph reported. Experts say high-paying mining jobs are luring young Australian workers from traditional fields such as retail and hospitality, while others would rather go on the dole than muck in and do certain jobs themselves. "I hate to say it but there seems to be a sense of entitlement among younger Australians," Tourism Accommodation Australia boss Rodger Powell said. "They believe jobs in the service industry are too menial or too low paid and they have been brought up to believe they are destined for something better instead of starting from the bottom and working their way up as generations did before them." The hospitality and tourism industry is so short staffed the government is in discussions to import 36,000 cooks, waiters and bartenders to fill vacancies with another 56,000 needed by 2015, according to federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen. Under the plan, tourism and hospitality employers would be able to bring in workers on a two to three year visa similar to the 457 visa program widely used in the mining sector. "Employers would need to show they are doing their best to employ and train domestic workers and paying market rates," Mr Bowen said. While hospitality is struggling to fill vacancies, some sectors are being shunned altogether. "It's rare to have an Australian work as a commercial cleaner," Australian Cleaning Contractor's Alliance director John Laws said. "It is is not an attractive position - cleaning has traditionally been done by people who have English as a second language." A spokeswoman for the cleaning union United Voice said cleaners were among the worst-treated workers in the country, with one of the highest turnovers of staff at 40 per cent. She said competition for contracts was so fierce some companies were bidding at a loss and using illegal practices such as cash-in-hand payments. A black market of illegal workers is said to extend across other businesses including restaurants and general labouring. In the carwashing sector, the majority of workers are from overseas. Indian accounting student Sanjay Kumar, who works part time at the Baywash Carwash in Summer Hill, said the high cost of living in Australia meant he had to work hard to make ends meet. "It's expensive here and I need the money so I wash cars to help but I love doing my job. Everyone is nice," he said. YOUNG and Districts Chamber of Commerce secretary Thomas O'Brien said most fruit pickers were overseas backpackers and, while some locals did it, others were too lazy and had a "welfare state" mentality. Orchard owner Alan Copeland said growers relied on travellers such as Chung-Jen Wang, 29, of Taiwan, and Yoshimi Ohta, 26, of Japan, "to get the fruit off" or risk financial ruin. "People say they're taking Australian jobs," he said. "They're not taking Australian jobs, they're doing jobs Australians won't do." University of Shizuoka graduate Ms Ohta said she enjoyed fruit picking "more than I was expecting". "It's an experience and the money is OK," she said. NSW Taxi Council boss Peter Ramshaw said, while the industry was always looking for drivers, its problem was more of a lack of taxi licences. And, with Australia's generous welfare system, those who can't land a high-paying job are in some cases better off on the dole. Analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals the average cab driver takes home $527 a week after tax -- just 40c more than the $526.60 a single parent gets looking for a job. If the same parent gives up looking and goes on parenting payments they jump to $641.50 a week -- just $7.50 less than a cleaner gets scrubbing floors 38 hours a week but still more than car detailers ($569.80) and dishwashers ($631.54). Tertiary students, the backbone of retail and hospitality, who are eligible for rent allowance can get up to $522.10 a week, almost as much as waiting tables ($569.80) full-time. Transport and Tourism Forum chief executive John Lee said it was a global phenomenon, with migrants and working travellers the only people "willing to get their hands dirty". "Getting Australians to do these jobs - cleaning toilets, portering, any hard work - is impossible," he said.