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We are a Kerry family heading to NSW hopefullly in July all going well and would love to see that there are other families like us going too. Mostly people are heading for Perth is their any reason for this?

Our 457 visa was lodged on the 7th of May and our agent told us to give it 8 weeks so the countdown has begun... 6 weeks to go

I won't be working in the begining, so I can assess everything like schools, transport, and most importantly where to shop economically. We have had the low life, the high life and now what we want is something in between with the added bonus of the good weather ...i mean come on ...when the sun shines...... everyone has a smile on their face .....yes even in moaning Ireland.

We are not going over to Australia with rose tinted glasses, far from it ,we know its going to be hard and alot harder than people who came to live in Ireland had it but do you what..... We can always say we tried it and will never be lft wondering what if?

Australia here we come.... lol yah in 6 weeks time...:biggrin:

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Hi Kerrygal,

 

We are living in Wicklow and hoping to make the big move to Oz .... we have victoria SS and our 176 has gone in...god knows how long we will be waiting!!! Especially with all the changes to SOL, which my partner is now no-longer on.... thank god we submitted prior to the changes!!!! I too have noticed that anyone we speak to from Ireland, does seem to be heading in the Perth direction. We are heading to Melbourne. I envy you heading off in 6 weeks.....

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Well were suppose to get our visa granted by then wont be going untill kids finish school and get everything sorted but ya hopefully heading in the middle of july.

All these changes to the sol list is crazy when you think about it if Irleand had the same insight that Australia has it might not be in the situation it finds itself in these days.

My husband found himself unemployed shortly after christmas and the day he went in to draw his stamps there were three eastern europeans just in the country 3days signing on lol

This will not be happening in Australia. If the Irish government could take a leaf out of australias book who knows what would happen .. there may even be summer jobs for our sons and daughters this year This is not a moan just an observation....

Good luck with you applcation and just think positive everything happens for a reason if its meant to be well it meant to be...

Feel free to pm anytime

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Thanks Kerrygal - totally agree with your observations!!! This country is in a mess and I really don't hold out much hope for the further generations of kids coming up behind us!!!

The very best of luck to you and your family for your big move. I will deffo be in touch!

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Guest bcfrug

Hi Both,

 

Nice to see some Irish people in here too :)

Im not sure where im headed yet. Have SS in for WA and have visa lodged so waiting on the visa now. I should get SS this week as im due now.

Where in Wicklow are you from GKCM05.

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We are living in Bray, Melbourne is our intended location for Oz, athough at the minute it just seems years away!!!!! It's great to have a few irish here, although it seems to be the same issues for all regardless of where your coming from.

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Hi KerryGal,

 

We're planning the big move too here in north Kerry. Haven't told anyone yet. We're still at the early stages yet though. Would like to go to Sydney as we have friends over there for the last few years.

 

Due to get my skills assessment back today (hopefully), letter was sent to mig agent last friday from ACS so they should have it by now. Will be applying to ACT for SS then and applying for the 176 visa at the same time....then the big wait.

 

Will be looking to get employer sponsorship in the meantime so as to a quicker way of getting over there....

 

Bloody changes to the SOL, suspended visa applications & new SMP's are just slowing things down even more.

 

BTW, i agree, this place is in an awful state, plus the hopes of of more than 2 weeks of sunshine a year looks promising :biggrin:

 

Best of luck to all who've posted,

 

Harry.

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Hi Harryob1

We have told our parents and some close friends as they started to notice we were going here and going there ie medicals, x-rays, passports , school reports etc but it will be a shock for most when they find out.

 

By any chance did ye have nat west to yer home in the last month. We had them and they said they had an appointment in Ardfert the same day?

 

I have an Uncle and Aunt in Sydney and cousins but i thing we have to be near my husbands sponsor and he is in Port Maquaire.

 

Not sure yet where we will be based?

 

It would be nice if we could stay in touch we are adults 40 and 38 kids 18 16 and 12 sorry about no names will publish all when we get out visa .....

 

How long more do you think you will be waiting?

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Hi Kerrygal,

 

yeah, we're going to hold off telling anyone until we know we're definitely going. Will probably have to go over to try to get an employer sponsor if possible or else we'll be waiting for the state sponsorship to come through.....

 

I don't really know about nat west....nobody like that called to us at all.

 

BTW, how did you husband get sponsorship? Was it though his current employment or did ye have to go looking? Not being nosey, but it's just i'm going to have to go looking fairly soon. Our skills assessment should be in once we get notified by our agent, after that we'll be applying for ACT state sponsorship and the visa, so the timeline all depends which way we go to get over there.

 

Nice to know that someone from the same locale will be going thought the same experience as us (at some stage). We're in the same age bracket 37 & 35 and a 2 year old.

 

well, i'm sure we'll be in touch...

 

Best of luck,

 

Harry.

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Hi Harry

 

Well at first we did up the resume and sent it off to 100's of companies. No joy ..Then a friend of our suggested his brother in Port Maquaire and straight away things started rolling.

You said you had friends in sydney could you ask them if they have any contacts that could sponsor you.

Anyway hope everything goes well for both families whenever it happens..Up Kerry

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Hi Kerrygal,

 

thanks for the info....we've got them to ask around but nothing definite as of yet. There's a couple of maybe's but we'll just have to see if a job comes out of it.

 

Either way, i think i'll be trying to get a few interviews set up and head out there soon enough.

 

Harry.

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Guest Raoulff

Hey,

How are you all?

Im from Dublin, was in Sydney 4 years ago and I work as an I.T contractor.

This country is in a terrible mess, its not that I wanted to end up back here but what can you do?

If i could get a longer term contract I can set up a LTD company and send myself as an employee to Oz but because of the way the market is here at the moment it doesnt look like its going to happen.

I dont have a degree or a diploma but have workign in I.T over ten years and am Microsoft certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft certified technology specialist and Microsoft certified information technology professional. Anyone any other ideas how I can get out there?I was at a visa first lecture but I feel all they want is your money..Anyone have similare experiences?

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Hi Raoulff,

 

Best bet, i would say, would be start a new thread listing exactly what qualifications you have to see if you have enough to get certified by ACS. I wouldn't be confident that you will get many answers on a thread 'Any Irish Heading to Oz'. Once certified by ACS, then then that opens some avenues as to what type of visa you can apply for.

 

If you're not certified by ACS, then as far as i'm aware, you will need to get a 457 visa to get to OZ. Not positive about how that works with contract work but i'm sure somebody on this board will be able to inform you correctly.

 

Start a new thread and see who replies....there's some wise and informative people here......

 

 

Harry.

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Hi Harryob1

 

Got our visa yipee going to australia

 

Good luck to everyone else with their applications

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The very best of luck with the move.I'm here in NSW,originally from Galway,so if you need any info on the practical day to day living here don't hesitate to ask.Sometimes it's hard to find out about the little things before you arrive.

Mind if I ask which part of NSW you are coming to and what made you decide on that area in particular?

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Hi Raoulff,

 

Best bet, i would say, would be start a new thread listing exactly what qualifications you have to see if you have enough to get certified by ACS. I wouldn't be confident that you will get many answers on a thread 'Any Irish Heading to Oz'. Once certified by ACS, then then that opens some avenues as to what type of visa you can apply for.

 

If you're not certified by ACS, then as far as i'm aware, you will need to get a 457 visa to get to OZ. Not positive about how that works with contract work but i'm sure somebody on this board will be able to inform you correctly.

 

Start a new thread and see who replies....there's some wise and informative people here......

 

 

Thanks Harry

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Hi Harry

 

Well at first we did up the resume and sent it off to 100's of companies. No joy ..Then a friend of our suggested his brother in Port Maquaire and straight away things started rolling.

You said you had friends in sydney could you ask them if they have any contacts that could sponsor you.

Anyway hope everything goes well for both families whenever it happens..Up Kerry

 

 

Hey Irish people

Im from Ireland and am living in Melbourne. I have been living in Australia now for 6 yrs, I lived in Adelaide for 6 yrs and have just moved to Melbourne a few weeks ago.. We have 2 children and we are loving it here.

If any of you guys move to Melbourne I would be happy to meet up.

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Guest gill1362

Hi guys just wanted to join in. Hubby about to do round 2 of interviews for a job in Sydney. Still in shock at how quick things could move if he's successful. Think he'll have to go out alone and I'll follow with a 3 and 1 year old (god knows how I'll manage the flight) just fed up working our asses off in Ireland and having nothing to show for it - anybody out there in Sydney?

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Guest davemc

I'm heading to Sydney in a few weeks - I've got no work visaa at the min - but i plan to get sponsored - fingers crossed. Hope to god it works out.

 

Lost my job last wednesday - booked flights on thursday... two weeks in Thailand, then arrive in Sydney on Mar 24th.

 

wish me luck - friggin need it :)

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Guest kerrygirl

HI Kerrygal, my husband and I are all ready visas in hand, just must get the courage to make the move ,see we are working, its hard to justify the move then ,but its our dream! All our children are adults, his in Australia mine here, its tough to leave!!!! Need some movivation please!!!!!

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Hi guys

 

I am originally from Donegal, but been living in the UK for 12 years. Myself and the wife have started talking about it to family and friend, partly to prepare them - as it will be quite a shock if we announce "right, we're off down under, see you in two years for a visit...hopefully.....!"

 

I have family in Sydney, she has distant relatives in Perth, but WA seems to be where the work is for me, so we are aiming for WA SS.

 

Good luck to all!

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Guest CiaraT

Hi all! Hubby & I heading to Sydney in c. 3 weeks with our 3 month old. Visas through. Movers coming wednesday. Just waiting for flight dates from his co. We're renting the house here & only bringing minimal furniture. Is that a good idea? I've heard ikea there not as cheap as here and was contemplating a quick trip to dublin for flat pack! Also if anyone has advice on where to live it would be appreciated! Hubby's job based in Minto, Campbelltown & I've been looking at mount annan/elderslie or the castle hills area or, for beachside, around wollongong. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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