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Hello There

 

Just in brief as have posted this on here before, My husband, two children and I are considering a move to Aus near sunshine coast, We have been researching lots and I still do not fully understand the visa process! :( I feel like I have hit a dead end!

 

I have emailied a visa agent who's details were given to me by someone on here, He has told us we are not eligible for PR visa and would need to go down the sponsored route, This worries me as I have read that if something doesn't work out with employer we would have to leave Aus within 28 days. (even though my husband has never had any issues with his job and has always been in long term employment, This still worries me)

If we made the move to Aus, it would be a massive move for us to uproot and start again I would want to hope it would be a permanent one, especially with two children and they are in a really good school here in uk if we took them out and came back we wouldnt get in again as they are a very over subscribed school!

I feel really deflated by it all, (I am not giving up so easily) but just feel deflated!

I assume that as my husband is in such a good job and in London they are crying out for good engineers in his trade I assumed it would be the same!

 

Can someone advise me, is the Sponsored visa a good route?

 

I know everyone has different circumstances but any information would be greatly received

 

Also is there a number I can call to get more information on the skilled job requirements? because my hubby is also a qualified Electrician so we could go down this route?

 

Many Thanks in advance

 

Sarah and family in not so sunny UK :(

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What reason did the agent give for not being able to apply for permanent residency?

 

You say your husband is an Engineer. What Kind of Engineer? Mechanical Engineers and engineering trades are in demand in many states so don't see why he can't apply for skilled migration. Assuming you are below the age limit of course.

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Why were you told that you would not be eligible for a PR visa?

 

Re the sponsored route, there are hundreds if not thousands of people who go on sponsored visas and encounter no problems. We have two friends who chose this route and are now Aus citizens, so it is not all bad.

 

I would not just take the advice of one agent, I would get a couple of opinions. My OH was also told his only option would be a 457 sponsored visa, which was incorrect.

 

Don't Give Up. Get as much advice from agents as you can. Most of them offer free advice, but even if you had to pay a small fee for their advice, it may well save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.

 

Good Luck.


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To be honest, it sounds like you have a pretty nice life already. Kids in a good school, presumably happy there, husband with what sounds like a well paid permanent job. If it were me I would prob have to think very carefully before giving that up for a 457 visa. You are entirely correct that should something go wrong you would have 28 days to either sort it out or leave the country.

 

Other things to consider on a 457 is that you could (dependant on state) have to pay school fees, you could not claim back any child care, no family benefit entitlements. This visa is always harder on the families with dependants than the singles, or couples.

 

It sounds like you have done the sensible thing by consulting an agent, and now have a true reflection on your choices. I understand It can be hard to let things go, and I sense that when you describe feeling deflated, but it's just that not everyone can make it to Australia....

 

Just wanted to add after reading two posts above, maybe a second opinion just to be sure might be an idea?

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If the only way i could get a visa to migrate here, was a 457, then i would go for it and apply for PR as soon as i qualified to do so. It would make things harder financially but if i could get PR after a few years as alot of the sponsered migrants do things would get a little easier and Australia is then my oyster, free to go where you want and when you want.

The flip side being ,on a sponsered visa sometimes the company sponsering you pay for your relocation so you can save quite a few thousand there ,that you would have to pay personally if on PR.

 

Just make sure if you do go down this route ,you are aware of what 'could' go wrong' and also make yourselves aware of how you could find and swap to another sponser should something go wrong with the original one.

 

Good Luck with everything

Cal x


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You have previously said that your husbands job is on the skills list and that he could get 85 points, so I don't understand why you have been told you could only move with sponsorship.

 

What occupation is it? By that I don't mean what is his job title, I mean what occupation is it on the SOL or CSOL. Can you tell us that and then we take it from there.

 

Here is the list, look through and confirm the occupation code and occupation title.

 

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/sol-schedule1-2.pdf

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Maybe he doesnt have the certs / paperwork required for PR. Despite the fact we came here on PR using hubbys trade , if we were to apply now we wouldnt qualify for PR ,leaving the sponsership route, this is because of changes made to the application process this last couple of years.

 

Cal x


If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place...

If you get a chance,take it, If it changes your life,let it. Nobody said it would be easy they just said it would be worth it...

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Maybe he doesnt have the certs / paperwork required for PR. Despite the fact we came here on PR using hubbys trade , if we were to apply now we wouldnt qualify for PR ,leaving the sponsership route, this is because of changes made to the application process this last couple of years.

 

Cal x

 

Well he has 85 points apparently so must be some qualification in there. Anyhow, I am on a mission to get to the bottom of this if I can, but I need OP to tell me what occupation code is and will then try and work it out from there.

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Hello All,

 

I am so sorry for not responding to your reply's sooner, I did post a reply but for some reason it didnt show up! (must of been me! sorry!)

 

Since writing this post I have submitted the skills form to the Visa Bureau, they seem to think that we will be accepted (We even received a congratulations email) but my husband needs to confirm his work, as he has a specialist job title that is not specifically on the list but he is also a qualified electrician (special class) so they are just making sure his job will be accepted for which he may have to take a skills test (which wont be a problem) His job is around in Aus and pays really well, and from feedback of others it should all be ok! they also emailed to say it could only take a 12 months max for completion (quick question here actually, we are planning on making the move in July/Aug 2014, as I graduate then! Once your visa is granted how long do you have to make the move? We will need to know this so we know when to apply for visa!)

 

They have also came back with results for the points and we have 75 (which is enough I believe)

 

I am baffled by the whole process so your feedback has been so helpful to us! Thank you!

 

I felt so deflated when the agent just blatantly said we wouldnt be accepted and wouldnt give a reason! he basically said its too complicated to explain! (hmmm, Strange!)

 

our next steps now are to continue with visa (time scales depending) and they we are booking flights to come to Aus to explore! can anyone advise anywhere relatively cheap to stay? We have been advised to come November time to experience some of your hotter temperatures (to ensure we can handle the heat) would everyone agree that this is the best time to come? (we cant make December)

 

Thanks again all and again apologies for the delay in reply!

Sarah (in SNOWY uk! (weather gets worse here!!)

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Guest KazG

We are currently using Visa Bureau and have found them to be excellent. We started the process in June and are nearing the end. They have kept us up to date throughout and given us so much help.

 

Good Luck

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How exciting kaz! Where are guys heading? Are you going soon? I don't want to rush into anything but all this talk and brain working over drive I gain as much info as possible I want to go now!! But I really should finish my degree!! (The only reason we are waiting until summer 2014) hopefully it will fly by! :)

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The plan is to go to the Perth area as we have friends there and hopefully won't feel lonely. Depending on visa time we hope to go Sept/Oct so we can get the house up to scratch and have some more monet saved.

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