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Hi Guys, I have reviewed the SkillSelect system that has been introduced and see the following options for me to get PR : 1. Transition Stream - Pretty straight up. PRO - Pretty much a win under the newly announced rules, employer absorbs costs. CON - I become "eligible" to apply for the Transition stream on 16/07/2013 if I stay with the same employer My 457 was granted ONSHORE on 16/07/2011 and I have been with the same employer since. Employer is eligible for sponsorship and I have aready discussed te possibility for when the time comes New CSOL has my nominated occupation for the 457 (i.e. I can nominate the same occupation which was approved for 457) 2. Direct Entry - Ambiguos as to whether I will be eligile even PRO - Possibly get PR sooner and get my personal life on track CON - I understand I need to submit a skill assessment, Need EOI fulfilled, costs and ambiguity Age : 29.4 Education : Masters in Marketing from the University of Sydney completed Dec 2011. Work experience : 1.5 years relevant Austrlian work experience. 3 years work experience in Asia prior to starting my Masters in 2010. IELTS score : 8.5 (expired) I plan on finding a sound Migration Agent/Lawyer to discuss my situation, however I aware that there are some reputed agents on here such as Raul who tell it like it is and will enable me to understand what things really mean. Waiting to apply under the Transition stream is a good year away but high chance of things going smoothly and economically viable. However it leaves me battling my personal life due to curtailed freedom. If applying under Direct Entry is a viable option and will see me even save 6-8 months in the process towards becoming Permanent I an live with the ambiguity and costs as it means a whole lot to me. Your thoughts?
Winstonsmith posted a topic in UK ChatHello everybody, I'm currently on my 457 Visa with a 2 year date (with the same employer) of January 2014 before I can apply for the 186 Transitional Stream for permanent residency, which is something I would really like to achieve seeing how far I've made it. My boss has said he would help me with sponsorship with the implied condition that I continue to work for them. Unfortunately that 13 month target seems an impossible goal, let alone the time it takes to apply etc. This is due to the fact that I'm incredibly miserable at work and therefore also in general. In my 12 year working life, I've never worked with such horrid people and worst part is an absolutely intolerable boss. The same boss who will decide on whether the company sponsor me for PR. This is all a new experience for me and It's giving me serious doubts about whether putting up with it for PR is worth it. However I feel as if I would be an idiot to give up the chance to get PR, even if I should not use it in the future. This situation is making me seriously consider whether I have a future in Australia at all. I know that my work life is the biggest factor in my dissatisfaction with my happiness here, but I can't help but fear that 'suffering' through the next 12months+ the application time is worth the end result. My questions to anybody who can possibly offer any advice on the situation are as follows: Assuming I submit my application ASAP roughly how long would it take for the visa to be granted? If I were to be granted PR and then quit my job, would my manager have any power to cause problems for me? Is this unhappiness and uncertainty worth it for the PR that I may not even use, considering my plan after getting PR would be to travel before trying a return to the after being away for over 5 years? Sorry to be so vague everybody, I know there are many out there who have similar feelings and that only I can make these decisions, but I really would appreciate any input, advice or to hear peoples experiences who have been in the same situation etc. Happy Christmas everybody and thanks in advance, Stan