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emmaj

I Need Some Help Re: Changing Visa's

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Hi,

 

Sorry i havent posted on here much recently but life is busy - in a good way :)

 

Hubs and i are currently sponsored but we want to apply for residency as soon as we can. Do we have to apply for a skilled visa first or can we apply for residency now? We have only been on this visa since June 2009.

 

Also, what would the cost be to do this? Any ideas?

 

If possible could we do all the paper work ourselves to keep the cost down or would it be best to get an agent? If so can anyone recommend someone pref in perth?

 

Hubs is an it consultant with out 10 years experience but no formal qualifications.

 

Or

 

Could we apply for a business visa so he could work for himself? Does anyone know what is involved in this?

 

Sorry for so many questions, any help would be great.

 

Oh also how long does this process take and will it be quicker because we are already working in Oz?

 

Many thanks

 

Emma


 

457 Visa Granted 4th June....Flying to Perth 6th July!!

 

 

 

JUST Starting To Settle & Enjoy Life In Perth!

 

 

 

PR Granted 22nd December 2011

 

 

 

Citizenship Granted 28th August 2013!

 

 

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Anyone?

 

Thanks

 

Emma


 

457 Visa Granted 4th June....Flying to Perth 6th July!!

 

 

 

JUST Starting To Settle & Enjoy Life In Perth!

 

 

 

PR Granted 22nd December 2011

 

 

 

Citizenship Granted 28th August 2013!

 

 

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Hi Emma,

 

Might be worth checking out the visa wizard to see which is the best way to permanent residency depending on your circumstances:

 

Australian Visa wizard - Visas & Immigration

 

From a 457, you've got a few options I can think of:

 

1. Apply for ENS - after two years with the employer on a 457 you can ask them if they'll sponsor you for permanent residency via 121/856 Employer Nominated Sponsorship. You can skip the two year wait if you have a positive skills assessment.

 

2. Apply for GSM - you can apply for a 175 General Skilled Migration now. Check out the options and requirements for it. The timelines depend on a number of factors and your skills.

 

There could be some other options (relatives here?) so might be worth checking with a migration agent...

 

HTH,

 

Mike


ENS 121 submitted 22/04/2010, approved 04/10/2010.

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