6 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

by BobinOz on March 19, 2009

in Moving To Australia

Gone are the days when you just jumped on a boat and turned up.

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It’s Different Now

Now things are a little more tricky. In this very straight forward and quick guide, I’ll run through 6 ways to emigrate to Australia. Please be aware this post was written March 2009 and although I do try to keep it up-to-date, it is always wise to doublecheck over at immi.gov.au/immigration.

Employer Sponsored Workers

If you can find an employer who is prepared to offer you a job, this can be the quickest way to get your first foot into Australia. It can easily lead to a permanent residency. Work for the same employer for two years, keep your nose clean and apply for residency.

This works for approved skills only and provided the employer can satisfy the government that no Australian worker is available for the job. For highly skilled jobs it is possible to come straight in on a permanent visa, dependant upon available schemes.

Professionals and other Skilled Migrants

Or the General Skilled Migration programme, as it is also known. This for those over 18 and under 45 years old (Update: Now 50 I believe) who speak good English. The jobs lists are a bit of a minefield but there seems to be the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), Critical Skills List (CSL), Employer Nominated Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL) and the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL).

Confused? Yep. Me too. The easy answer is at the end of this article, so don’t panic.

Business People

Again, I believe this option is only available to those over 18 and under 45 years of age (Update: Now 50 I believe). Known as a Business Skills Visa, you will need to establish or invest in an Australian business.

Provided your business successfully complies with the requirements, for example, by employing the necessary number of Australians, this too can lead to permanent residency. I believe buying a franchise can work.

Doctors and Nurses

There is a shortage of both doctors and nurses and as such there are many opportunities for those with qualifications to move to Australia on a permanent basis. I have more information which doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals might find useful. Please visit my page about nursing in Australia.

Investor Retirement

Finally, if you are over 55 and without dependants, excluding your spouse, and can prove you are self funded, it is possible to retire in Australia. You will not get a permanent residency but you do get a four year visa. You can re-apply each time it is up for renewal and as long as you still satisfy the requirements, it is likely to be renewed.

Update: I think the conditions that appliy these visas has now changed, check out immi/retirement visas for more up-to-date information.

Working Holiday Visa (WHV)

The Working Holiday Visa is clearly not permanent. But for those aged between 18 and 30 it’s a fantastic way of visiting the country to see if you like it. You are allowed to work for the entire period if you wish, although you can only work for a maximum of six months with any one employer.

However, if you have a skill which is in demand here, then coming over for 12 months and demonstrating your skills to a number of employers may well lead to a Employer Sponsored job offer. This could be one of the fastest ways to get here in small steps. Holiday Visa – Sponsored Visa – Permanent Visa.

The WHV and the similar Work and Holiday visas are only available to passport holders from qualifying countries, at the time of writing (see the Australian Government website for updates) they are…

WHV: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Work and holiday: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

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This is not intended as an exhaustive list or even an authoritative guide. A couple of pages to give you an overview is never going to tell the whole story. And that’s all this is. An overview. The rules change all the time and they are extremely complex.

For example, the government announced a reduction in the nation’s skilled migration intake at one point. The building and manufacturing trades were the ones hit. The idea was that companies would have to find bricklayers, plumbers, welders and carpenters domestically to combat the downturn in the building trade. But even so, employers who can’t find workers locally can still go abroad for them.

If you want to see how complex it all gets, head over to immi and take a look around. You can see all the latest job lists and see how the points system works. There is a pretty good search box top right that usually goes to what you have asked for.

Getting Professional Assistance

And I mentioned an easy answer to all the complications earlier. Get a Migration Agent. Make sure they are MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) registered. They know all this stuff inside and out.

I now have such an agent working with me on this website, I’ve known him since late 2011. He is very good at what he does and can give you a professional assessment based on the exhaustive information he will ask you to provide.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

I’ll talk about migration agents next week. If you want to read about them now, go to Moving to Australia Part 3

For a full chronological list and brief description of all the posts in this series about how I moved to Australia, please visit my page How to Move to Australia.

Don’t want the expense of a MARA Agent yet? Then please read my page about Getting a Visa for more help.

Please note: I am not able to answer individual questions about getting a visa.

Finding a Sponsorship:

Many of you in the comments below and in personal emails to myself have provided me with details of your occupations, and have asked how you can find work and sponsorship in Australia. Please read my page Getting a Job Sponsorships in Australia and Finding Work.

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lakshmi narayana July 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

hi,
i am holding student visa and staying in victoria.i want to get PR in australia.i am from india.my father have sold all his property in india and he has send me to australia.i can’t go back to my home country.i must and should get PR here.if not i have to kill my self.can you please give me one good idea to get PR.one of my best friend aged 45,can i get PR through him.if yes,how?please help me.
i cant live anyware in the world except in australia.please help me.

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BobinOz July 22, 2010 at 12:17 am

Australia is a nice country but it is not a utopia. Nothing is worth ending your life for, especially a life where you have so much ahead.

I am not an immigration agent and do not have any power or influence when it comes to the Australian government giving out permanent residency in this country. I simply cannot help.

You need to speak to a registered MARA agent, I talk about them in my post about MARA agents here

Do not pay any agents any money in advance other than an initial consultation fee, usually around $100. From that first meeting they should be able to tell you if you have any chance at all of PR in this country.

Do not pay any other money unless they are definitely going to put forward an application for you to the government.

That’s my best advice but please be aware that I am not a professional in any manner and I am just trying to be helpful.

Good luck.

Cheers

Bob

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Emeke uchesco December 29, 2011 at 2:53 am

I nid a canada woman to marry

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BobinOz December 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Try Canada.

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Christopher February 19, 2014 at 7:04 am

Canada has very harsh sentances for marrying a citizen for immigration purposes. It’s not recommended.

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Farah December 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Dear ,
If you can get married this person who is 45 years of age so you can get immigration of Australia. or you can get marry for the citizen of Australia so you can get also get citizenship of Australia this is the easy and fast way.

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shawn popi March 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

i am 17 years old i find 1000$ par month job in australia i am 12th class pass in india i can speak few english pleas tell me jobs name and how i can got pleas send me answer on my email

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Susie August 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Just curious, regarding the Business People visa, why is the cut-off age at 45? Can a person older than that be accepted and if so, must they start a buisness in Australia? Can they just pay an amount of cash (eg. similar to Canada’s investor program, where you pretty much pay $400,000 to live there)… I read something like $1,500,000… what does this mean. Ahhh… driving my head in!

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BobinOz August 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Hi Susie

I am no immigration expert, so take no notice of me. But my understanding is that you do need to be under 45 to apply for a business start-up visa. That’s the kind of visa I was originally going to apply for, before I realised I was totally over the hill and handed the responsibility to my younger wife.

I think there is, or was, some kind of retirement plan where you did pay a bucket load of cash to get in. But I’ve just had a look at the government site, and can’t find any evidence of it now. But if you want to check around, go to http://www.immi.gov.au

They’ve got a good little wizard to guide you through. Even if there’s nothing there, it’s worth keeping a look out, things change all the time.

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subash bastola October 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Sir i am Subash Bastola. My home country is Nepal. I studied Mining Engineering from Instituto Superior Minero Metalúgico De Moa, Cuba. Currently i am in Nepal. Unfortunately in my country i cannot practice as a Mining Engineer because we do not have a single Mining Company. Moreover Australia is the country which has always fascinated whole world. I would like to know if i am eligible to get a permanent resident in Australia.
Cordially,
Subash Bastola

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BobinOz October 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Hi Subash

It’s good to hear from you and as much as I’d love to give you a straight answer, it doesn’t work like that. Getting into Australia as a permanent resident is a long and involved process. The only one who can really answer your question is your allocated case officer after your application has been received.

What I will say though, is you may have a chance based on your mining engineering skills, depending on what qualifications you have in that field. Australia, as you probably know, does do mining and lots of it.

May I suggest you read this post about moving to Australia and have a play with the Australian government’s Visa Wizard, you’ll see a link to it on the page.

Good luck!

Cheers

Bob

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awadkhan March 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I am a cricketer I played for Bahrain u19 elite cup 2013 and I want to go to Australia is their any easy way

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Not that I know of, but you should be speaking to a MARA registered migration agent, they are the ones that know all the rules.

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Nepali November 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hi Subashji,

I am also Nepali, studying Mining Engineering in Canada, my situation is a little different from yours since I am here with my parents. Nevertheless, I think you could apply to Canada as we’ve many mining companies, and many mining exploitations.

Regards,

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jawad January 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

i hv done BS hon’s in telecommunication,one year job experience as network engineer.i would be able to handle all IT stuff.I,ll be glad if u responded.Hv a good day

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Mulls February 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Also remember that the qualifications you have from Cuba may not qualify you to work in the Australian mining industry we have very strict qualification requirements – which mean you maybe required to under go further study if you get in to Australia.

I have just been through this with a friend from Italy he had qualifications as a pharmacist in Italy which were not recognised in Australia but were in other countries.

Good Luck.

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viral November 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

hi there i am also confuse about pr i finish my diploma and just wondering about pr

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BobinOz November 15, 2010 at 1:13 am

Hi viral

I don’t really understand your question, PR is permanent residency and that’s what they call one of the visas when you come to live here permanently. Now, getting hold of one of those visas isn’t easy. But if you clarify your question for me I will try to help. What is it exactly you want to know?

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Niamh November 17, 2010 at 4:14 am

hi there,

Just curious as to how to get sponsered easily over in oz. Lived there for 3 years from 2004-2007, on whv’s and sponsership. Due to family reasons, left and now in Canada for the last 2 years. Really Really want to go back to oz, but look’s like there is a lot of competition now with companies sponsering and is harder if your not in the country already. Any suggestions. i am a qualified Carpenter.

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BobinOz November 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Hi Niamh

As you probably know, it’s not easy to get the job sponsorship here in Australia. As I haven’t been through the process myself, I can’t offer you any advice based on experience. All I can suggest is that you search online for suitable vacancies and send them your CV or resume. Your background of having lived here for three years should help, I would think.

You can read about searching for jobs in Australia in my post about finding a job in Australia.

Other than that, would you qualify for a another WHV? Not sure if they let you do it twice, but if they do, must be easier to get a job while you’re here than not I would think.

Sorry I can’t be more help, but good luck with your search. I hope you get an offer.

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ksir shrestha November 25, 2010 at 12:16 am

hi, i want to know about skill occupation list.

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BobinOz November 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Sure, it’s all here

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Rodney November 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

I do believe the law of marrying an australian citizen will still get and keep you in australia,
I have a friend who got paid 10.000 aus to marry a foreigner,
They are both very happy,
I have often thought of doing the same, as I am a single aus male,
Worth looking into,

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shell June 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

Rodney, are you married yet? Young free and dying to get back to oz! Will pay 10,000 no problems lol! Scottish chick, 30, hotty lol! I miss oz so so much.

Miserable scot back in uk 4 months after 2 year working holiday visa and absolutely hating it! :@(

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BobinOz November 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Sounds a bit dodgy to me, but hey, not a word to the taxman, plain brown envelope, what could possibly go wrong? Of course, you do realise that the moment you get married half of everything you own would belong to her. Including half of that $10,000.

Mate, there has to be a better way? Although your friend sounds happy….

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junior December 4, 2010 at 3:00 am

hi,
im a malaysian and i wish to migrate to australia. i understand that if i want to get a PR in australia, i can set up a business in australia right???what would be the min cost do i need to set up a business in perth???as for ur info, i would start either a aquarium shop or a food centre.
please guide me.

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BobinOz December 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Hi Junior

Yes, I think you’re right, if you set up a business you can get PR in Australia. Last time I looked I think the rules said you would have to employ at least two Australians to qualify. As for how much it would cost, who knows? You would have to lease premises, which would involve some advance payments, fit out your store and pay for stock. For these sorts of businesses you’re looking at, well, I’d be guessing, $200,000 or more?

I know you can buy franchises for $100,000 or less, but these are the sorts of figures you’re looking at. But to get a more accurate figure, you need to ask someone who really knows, because I don’t.

Or, if you’re female, you could always marry Rodney (see above) for $10,000. Maybe cheaper. Just kidding of course.

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khan December 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Hi there i am a New Zealand citizen can i get a PR in Australia if yes whats the best way i am a truck driver in New Zealand at the moment ?Thank You

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BobinOz December 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

You’ve got no chance mate, we’re full!

Sorry, I’m just practising my Australia/New Zealand rivalry banter, we all have to do it.

But seriously, I’m pretty sure those who want to come here from New Zealand can get in reasonably easy. But how easy, I really don’t know. I always think the quickest way in is to get a job sponsorship, so if you can get someone to offer you a job as a truck driver here, I don’t think anything is faster than that.

Other than that, check out my post called Questions About Moving to Australia and make sure you click on the link that says Visa Wizard.

Good luck!

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Bob Allen January 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

New Zealanders are entitled to stay and work in Australia under the conditions of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (see http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Foreign-Relations/Australia/0-trans-tasman-travel-arrangement.php). They can also access the public health system of every Australia state for emergency treatment.

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BobinOz January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Bob for clearing that up.

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Peter January 14, 2012 at 6:51 am

Dear BobinOz,

I found your site both informative and refreshing and it gives me hope to try again!

I am British 63 and my wife is South African and 50. I was a Civil Servant and now I teach. My wife is a SA qualified teacher. We have two daughters who are 9 and 12.

We left SA. In 2008 and went to Italy as they accepted us and gave us Permanent Residence, and we both teach.

I went to Sydney in 2007 with my brother and fell in love with the place. Would love to live and work in Manly along with my wife and daughters.

I went for an interview for a sponsored job offer at Manly College for Tourism and Management. I was offered a part-time job but this was not good enough for Immigration.

Can you help or offer any suggestions?

Our two daughters would be an asset to the country and my wife is a special needs qualified teacher.

Grateful for any tips or advice. If we can be accepted in Italy which is non-english speaking we should be able to make Australia?

Cheers and a Happy New Year…
Peter

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BobinOz January 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Only a MARA registered migration agent can help you, I am not qualified. I’ll be setting up the help you need on this website very soon though, so stay tuned!

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BobinOz February 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi Peter

Okay, it’s all set up. Given your brief details, it probably won’t be easy for you to get a permanent residency visa, but it may not be impossible either.

Take a look at my page offering a Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free but it isn’t expensive either. And it will give you a chance to get the answers, one way or another. Good luck!

Bob

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Farah March 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Dear,
Yes you can apply for PR for Australia from your country .
just contace me or any consultant in your country

Thanks
Farah

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Roman Ali December 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hello mate. My wife is register nurse in Pakistan. She done the diploma and have 2 years of expericne. Please let me know how she can get Job there and what is the best possiblity. I know that she might require 7 IELTS Bands to begin with but still things are not clear.

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BobinOz December 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Hi Roman Ali

I would think you have a reasonably good chance of getting in, although I’m not sure if your wife might not need four years experience before she can apply. I am also unsure what level of IELTS she would need either.

I’m going to ask around and if I come up with anything that could be of use to you, I’ll send you an email. Good luck!

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Lucas Ighedosa December 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I am Lucas From Nigeria I reall want to Spend my Time in Australia And also Work there what can i do?

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BobinOz December 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

It’s not an easy place to get into Lucas, the best I can suggest is that you click on the link that is in my post above, where it says immi, and then on that page click on the icon top left that is all about finding a visa. You can then work through their wizard to try to find out how you can qualify.

Good luck!

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Brooke December 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Australia is easy to get into. Half the migrants that come over here dont speak english or know our customs. But dont expect to get a good job! Australians don’t hire Indians because too many of them lie on their resumes, dont know how to work and can’t speak English. Indians only work in car washes, 24/7 deli’s or cleaners.
Australians dont like immigrants because they don’t follow our ways of life. Australians are very racist especially if your Indian.

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BobinOz December 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Hi Brooke

Do you think Indians lie on their resumes? Do you think Indians don’t know how to work and can’t speak English? Brooke, are you racist especially against Indians? I’m not accusing, just asking.

Because I don’t think you talk on behalf of the Australian people. I think the vast majority of Australian people are not racist. Every country has a small minority of racists, it’s just the size of that minority that varies.

I think most Australians are tolerant and very welcoming of other cultures. I do agree with you though that any culture that comes here and refuses to integrate into Australian society is going to find it much harder to be accepted here. And for those that don’t accept our religious and moral ways and try to impose their own, as has happened, it may even lead to tension and I understand that. As they say, when in Rome…..

Cheers

Bob

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Brooke December 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm

No not at all racist! Not at all! I know how that could have been viewed and Im sorry for the confusion! (I myself am I Australian born Japanese woman). I worked in recruitment for 2 years and saw how people around me refused to hire Indians because of the reasons I said before. The moment a Indian name would pop up in the resumes it would go straight in the bin. Even though I thought this was unfair I can understand why they did so. Alot of the Indians that came over here couldn’t understand English and lied a lot on their resumes. It was sad to see because Ive actually had a Indian woman cry right in front of me because people would not give her a job because of her race. I think what I SHOULD have been saying instead of being so blunt is to say that if you are Indian BE CAREFUL! Dont lie on your resume and make sure you speak fluent English.
I know that not all Australians are racist but…a lot of us are but its hidden alot from the government because we try very hard to put the “Mixed culture” approach to other countries. Don’t be fooled. Australia isn’t a land of dreams.

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Sandeep April 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hi Brooke,
I am not very impressed with the statements you made in the above posts for Indians, but certainly want to comment that India is just not a country, it has diversity in its culture and for your information Indians are playing marvelous job in different fields and countries and definitely are in much demand. Indians are rich in there culture and they can speak English very proficiently and fluently but I cant ignore few exceptions as well. Please do not be so country biased and respect every humans not judging their cast and color as this shows your education level. People are migrating to Australia not for listening this kind of statements but for living and want to be part your country growth. Please do not use this kind of words this reflects a country image and people behavior.

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BobinOz December 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Hi Brooke

Glad you are not racists, I hope you didn’t mind me asking.

Sound advice too, nobody should lie on their resume no matter where they are from. In fact, nobody should lie at all.

When I was young, I told a little lie on my CV. It was in the “hobbies and interests” section, someone suggested I put down photography because it sounds a little sophisticated. So I did. The interviewer asked me what kind of camera I used. I wasn’t ready for that one!

It didn’t go down well.

By the way, I meant to point out from your previous comment that “Australia is easy to get into” just isn’t true. It’s a very difficult country to get in to, I have thousands of readers who would dearly love to come here but cannot get a visa. For those people, unfortunately, Australia is a land of dreams.

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NC May 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Hi Brooke
Thanks for all your candid comments, I am a 29 years old Indian female living in Aus for last 8 years.I came to this country when I was only 21 and I practically spent my adulthood here..I already had a new-age degree with advanced Computer skills…I worked as a kitchen-hand cos of the perceptions people like you hold for a whole community…I hold 2 Master degrees both from Oz(elite Unis),I was very high-achieving all the way, scored 8 bands in academic module so I ofcourse speak very good English..After graduating from my 1st post-grad degree as an International student,I applied for almost 250-300 jobs in pretty much every occupation,registered with recruitment agencies, applied for graduate programs,No-one wanted to give me any chance without local experience…I was called for interviews only when I dumbed down my credentials. One interview was so good,I almost received an offer but the lady whose position I was getting (cos she moved up the ladder) felt threatened as I was talking to the director about my future plans which were really impressive and promising…She stopped him and said we’ll get back to you….

The work ethics in your recruitment agency did not surprise me and you did not seem really bothered admitting that it was ok to do that cos Indians lie,Recruitment agents should not be biased and judge-mental…But you are Australian why do you worry…Please do not label a whole race based on a handful of experiences,there are almost 250,000 Indians in OZ, I bet you haven’t seen all of their CVs as they automatically go straight to the bin cos of their names….how ironic,some-one might have spent so many sleepless nights to prepare a perfect application……I am happy to know that all those latte-sucking *bright sparks* in their glass-walled offices are NOT RACIST…..Good on ya….

P.S. I hope you understood my English.

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happy May 31, 2011 at 4:47 am

Hi NC,

I Love You.

Racism is there, will stay, but exposing it now and then will curtail it.

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Happy

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NC June 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

Thanks happy,

you are very kind. I used to be polite 8 years ago but life made me bitter.

I hope people achieve open-mindedness by understanding what lies beneath the skin-color.

Cheers
NC

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Vinod June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Hey NC,

I’m an Indian student, 21 years and in Melbourne since past 3 years pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree in Mechatronics , and I plan to get a grad job as soon as I graduate.
Your experience has put me into a million thoughts. I know there are the graduate programs, online applications, recruitment agencies but how can I actually ‘get’ the jobs if my potential employers are gonna judge me by my race?

I can converse in english fluently, have a 7.5 module score and a Distinction average at Uni. I don’t have any local experience. What should I do to get the job I want? I’m asking you this because you have been through this phase, and you’re probably the best one to advice after the gazillion applications and interviews you have given.

Please guide me along
regards
Vinod

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NC June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

Vinod,

If you are completing an under-grad degree from an Aus Uni and your English language skills are at advanced level,I don’t see any hurdles for you. I have seen so many friends and their friends who did get good offers after Under-grad degrees. In my case I was over-qualified.
My suggestion to you will be:

1. Register yourself with your Uni’s career services, get an updated Resume’ and cover letter with their assistance.
2. Subscribe yourself to the jobmail with some career websites and every now and then sit down to make notes of the requirements e.g. what kind of software you might need to learn, what are the different roles branching out of your occupation, what is the pathway to your dream job.

3. Start applying for summer jobs or cadetships or internships now,normally they want the students in their penultimate year or in pre-final semester. I won’t mind working for nothing if it helps in my resume’.

4. Most importantly, ‘you have to be very sharp about all your skills (the skills you noted from job advertisements), you should be able to convince the interviewer that you have done your homework.’

5. Speak to your friends, spread the word around that you are interested, graduate programs are very good opportunities to discover yourself and outshine everyone. I will suggest to look at ‘selection process’ of the companies you are interested in….they normally have everything there whole year..you can prepare yourself in the meantime.

You didn’t mention what year you are in, Good luck with everything, I hope it helped.

Remember, ‘you only have those chances to shine, they don’t know you,you have to tell them who you are.’

Bye

NC

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NC June 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi Vinod

Here is a link you can use

http://www.gradconnection.com.au/internships/

Cheers

NC

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Will Wightman August 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

A nicely worded comment.

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Vik-ya December 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hi Bob..

Nice to see your inputs to all prospective immigrants.. You have been very fair in answering your views. I have a few info from you. Hope you would have all..
1) My wife is getting an offer from a company in Australia. She’ll be coming thru Work Visa / Permit. How does the companies see a resume with out PR? Do they encourage people to work thru work permit.
2) What benefits would PR get over Work permit’s?
3) If i move thru work permit, will my kid be deprived of any facilities over PR kid?

regards,
Vik-ya

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Kumaresh December 29, 2010 at 2:26 am

Hi,
I am a CSE graduate from Bangladeshi Engineering University(www.ruet.ac.bd) and have been working in software industry since 2005 in Bangladesh . I want to get PR in Australia . But I don’t know details procedure and there is no well known reliable source.

Could you please help me in this regards?
Thanks
Kumaresh

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bearcatasia December 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Suzie,
Approach State for Sponsorship (in our case it is Tasmania as the whole state is ‘regional’, the business plan is a beast. You have to come up with something that they need and money talks…not so much cash ahead as overal spent once done (invested). You have a chance if you are proposing this venture in a ‘regional’ area. We actually visited and spoke with their economic development people to find out just what they wanted in regards to new businesses and the answer was eco-tourism with high end accomodations. Won’t say what we plan to do but to say the least they are happy with the proposal. The state can make an exception on your age if they feel you are bringing something they need to the area. Form 949 must be signed and stamped showing the exception and the whole sponsorship package submitted with your visa appllication.
Hubby and I are 58 and 56 respectively. Of course then there will be the medicals for us old farts hehehee. We got the sponsorship, now working on our visa application without agents…………wish us luck and good luck to you!

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BobinOz December 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hi Vik-ya

Thanks for your question, before I can try to answer you I need to clarify the exact type of visa your wife is coming here on. You call it a work visa, but I need to know if it is a employer sponsored workers visa or a working holiday visa.

On the basis that you say your wife has an offer from an Australian company, I’m guessing it’s an employer sponsored workers visa and if it is, it doesn’t matter how companies see a resume without PR as your wife will have to work for the company she has an offer from. Looking for work is not an option. She would normally be obliged to work for that employer for at least two years after which, or even during which, she could apply for PR. Once she has that, she can then apply for other jobs if you wanted to.

I’m pretty sure that those on a sponsored workers visa have the same rights as those on a PR visa so I don’t think you or your kids will miss out on anything that is usually available to those with permanent residency.

If it’s a working holiday visa then I think that is totally different. Not sure you’d get any benefits at all.

But as I’ve said many times before, I’m not an expert, this is just my best answer. I hope everything works out good for you.

Cheers

Bob

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BobinOz December 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Hi Kumaresh

The best place to start is at the Australian government’s website which you can get to here…

http://www.immi.gov.au/

Click on the blue space called “finding a visa” and go from there. Other than that, you could pay a MARA registered migration agent to help you.

Good luck!

Bob

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sandeep July 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Sir, same case with me , M.Tech in Computer Engineering and have the desired experience . ,now looking for migration in Aus , plz help me about IT scope in Aus as i m in good job in INDIA

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BobinOz July 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Same answer then.

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BobinOz December 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Good advice there bearcatasia for Susie. I’d just like to add that apparently, and I don’t know when, but apparently the age limit is going to be raised to 50. So that takes the pressure off for some of the old wrinklies.

As a peer old wrinkly, I assume it’s okay for me to use the term?

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Kumaresh December 30, 2010 at 2:31 am

Hi Bob,
Thank you for your quick suggestions. I will start very soon.

Kumaresh

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BobinOz December 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Kumaresh and good luck with your plans to come to Australia, I hope it works out.

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Daniel January 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi mate, i am planning to do diploma of computer systems engineering (2 year program) in tafe western australia. Will I be eligible to apply for a permanent residency once i get my diploma degree? And the place where im gonna stay is not in the specified regions list. ( http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/specified-regional.htm )

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BobinOz January 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi Daniel

You’ve got me there with that one, I honestly don’t know the answer. But if it is a qualification that Australia has on its skills list, I’m pretty sure you’d be able to seek a job sponsorship which will lead to an opportunity to apply for permanent residency.

So you are definitely taking steps in the right direction, but maybe you’d be better off running it past a registered Mara migration agent to be sure.

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sandi younger January 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Hi Bob can yoiu put me in contact with your freind who finds work for nurses.I am currently sister on neonatal unit here in not so sunny Devon.Husband is secondery school teacher.We hope to move out with our 3 smallish children asap so could do with at least one firm job
Thanks Sandi

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BobinOz January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hi Sandi

He is jumping on a plane to England in a couple of days, he’ll be gone for about a week. So I’ll get hold of him when he gets back. I’ve got your email address, once I’ve spoken to him I’ll get in touch with you direct.

PS. Not so sunny here either, I’m hoping it’s just a short glitch :-)

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Chris Darch January 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hi Bob

Fantastic site and i really admire your honest opinions
and insights. My Wife and i are looking to move out
to Australia from Inverness, Sharon my wife is in the last
couple of months of her nursing degree which were hoping
will come in handy. We have two young children 10 and 7
but were hoping to make the move sooner rather than later
before my 10yr old start high school in a year and a half, were looking as Brisbane and was hoping you could maybe help with sudgestions on a Nursing graduate post or work visa’s in hospitals after sharon has qualified. I am a retail manager and would you think there would be possibility of employment for me in Brisbane? Sorry for so many questions any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Kind regards

Chris Darch

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BobinOz January 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hi Chris

Thanks you compliments, most appreciated. Yes, if you want to move out here, I think you need to move fast. Your eldest is quickly approaching the age when it’ll be difficult to convince him that the move is a good idea.

Your best way in would probably be through your wife’s qualification, although I’m not sure they don’t require some actual work experience as well as the qualification. Let me have a word with someone who knows and I will get back to you.

Cheers

Bob

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Lee R January 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Hi BobinOz, searching the web and found your site very informative and much eaiser to understand than the official oz site.

Do you know if its possible to use my S.I.A Security Door Supervisor qualification or my ITQ Level 2 in IT so access Australia or maybe you know of a sponsorship?

Really want to leave the united kingdom, everything goes up and living goes down and just hate the weather and people here.

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BobinOz January 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Hi Lee

Not sure how your qualification will be regarded here, that’s something you need to discuss with a MARA registered migration agent I think. For help with sponsorship, check out my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

Good luck, Bob

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Gillian January 17, 2011 at 1:50 am

Hi guys,
i’m new in here. just a little too confuse! i tired to read all the comments above so i reckon the better way is write my own one.
i’m studying high school in australia. this year, i’m gonna do the hsc and get into uni, i’m wondering abt which jobs can able to apply the PR== kinnd hard! i hope someone can send me the newest list jobs. thank guys!!!!

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Chris Darch January 17, 2011 at 2:00 am

Hi Bob

Cheers that would be most appreciated, fingers crossed hopefully we can achieve to come out soon. Yeah he’s really keen which is such a bonus sad to leave friends and family but he understands that it should hopefully give us all a better standard of life. Were a keen outdoors family and love our sports especially football both watching and playing. I will miss my five-aside footie but hopefully will find something.
Also i was pleased to see how many retail manager jobs that are available in brisbane and the rate of pay seems much higher than the UK $50,000 to $65,000 average.

Thanks again look forward to hearing from you Bob

Best regards

Chris

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BobinOz January 19, 2011 at 2:08 am

Gillian, sorry, don’t understand the question. And how can you study high school?

Chris, yes, I’ll get back to you.

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Tauseef ahmed January 21, 2011 at 3:23 am

Hi Bob how are you.
Myself Tauseef Ahmed living in Australia(Melbourne),from the past 3 years on student visa.
I have few questions to ask you I am working in a bakery from the last 3 years as a baker and studying baking course and hopefully I will finish my cert 3 in baking very soon.
Am I eligible to apply for permanent recidency after finishing my course or is there any chances to get employer sponsor ship after finishing my cert 3.
I hope to here from you soon

Thank you
Tauseef ahmed

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BobinOz January 23, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hi Ahmed

I’m good, thank you. I’m not a migration agent so what I am about to say is pure guesswork, so take no notice of me. But I would be surprised if a student visa could in any way lead to permanent residency. On the other hand, if you could get a job sponsorship because of the skills you have learnt, then that could lead to permanent residency.

So I think you would at least need to secure a job sponsorship next. But if you want to know the correct answer, you will probably need to speak to somebody else.

Cheers

Bob

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BobinOz January 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Chris
I’ve spoken to my contact now, he thinks most employers looking to sponsor will like to see at least 2 years work experience. But he also says you might qualify for permanent residency when your wife qualifies. Then when you get here and you don’t need sponsoring because you already have a visa allowing you to work, you’d both then be in with a good chance of getting work.

I think, by the sound of it, you need to talk this through with a MARA registered migration agent.

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Julie February 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

just want to say that New Zealanders don’t need to apply for permanent residency at this stage. As long as they hold a NZ passport they are sweet. Can go across and work just like any other Aussie :)

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BobinOz February 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I knew it was easier for those from NZ, but didn’t know it was that easy. Is there a time limit on how long they can stay and work?

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mario February 3, 2011 at 1:28 am

I am a qualified welder form india with 24 yrs experience in my trade and working in the indian railways. I would like to seek a sponsor who will be able to get me a work visa/ permit. I am 47 yrs of age. I did get a visa457 in2008 but later returned to India as my mom was severely ill. I do stick, mig and submerged arc welding. Please do help me as I am desperate to work and live in Australia.

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BobinOz February 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Mario

At 47 you are cutting it a little fine. But with all the damage caused around here lately what with floods and cyclones, who knows? Your skills might just be needed. All I can suggest is that you read my post about finding a job in Australia and try to find a sponsor directly.

You got in once before, you have a good chance of doing it again. But to be quick.

Good luck!

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Scott February 7, 2011 at 3:18 am

Hi Bob how are you?Hope all is good.I have a 10 year background in retail with 5 of those being in shipping & receiving.I lived in Australia for almost 2 years(early 2000-late 2001) under the Spouse VISA but thing’s didn’t work out & I left & moved back here to the USA.I’m going to turn 44 this year & was wondering what my chances are of getting a job & PR?
Thank You,
Scott

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BobinOz February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hi Scott

Hard to say what your chances are, much depends on whether what you do is on the skilled occupations list, you can find out more about that here… http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/

Also, check out my post on finding work in Australia.

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Grace Goh February 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Hi BobinOz,

How are you? I found your website interesting while trying to search on PR in Australia.

I am a Singaporean working in Singapore for the past 2 years. I graduated from UNSW in 2009 and since returned back home. Now I would like to return back to Sydney to look for a job and hopefully to settle down. Unfortunately a lot of positions that I’ve email do not give out sponsorship visas as they prefer applicants with rights to stay in Australia. Would you know of anyone working in the Science sector who could help?

Another way of coming over is via PR application however I do not have any close blood relatives staying in Australia. I only have a distant uncle. He is my mum’s cousin. Is that good enough for me?

I really hope to receive a reply from you (via email too please) in regards to this as this whole issue of moving to Aus has been a constant headache for me.

PLEASE HELP!

MANY THANKS

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BobinOz February 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hi Grace

As you know, Australia is not easy to get in to. If you apply for PR, it really depends on how many points you get. As you have a degree and you are young, maybe you have a good chance. But you would have to go over to the government website and work through the visa wizard to find out.

As for getting here on a job sponsorship, I may have something that could help you soon. I’m just working on the final details with a couple of people. If something comes up, I’ll email you.

Cheers and good luck!

Bob

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Grace Goh February 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Greetings again Bob!

I’m glad that you replied. Let me give you some background of my studies/work so that if you have anything on the ropes, please let me know.

I studied in UNSW and got an Hons deg in Biological Sciences in 2009. Returned home and took up a job as a Science educator at the Science centre and later got a transfer as a project officer under the same organisation.

I do hope that I can get a job that is Science related and sponsored.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

thanks!!

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BobinOz February 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Thanks for the extra info Grace, I’ll get back to you soon. Cheers!

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bhagawanpaudel February 13, 2011 at 3:17 am

dear sir
i am apprentecipe welder mechanic from nepal having 10years plus experience in reparing and maintence field.by various reason i want to migerate in australia,so how can i do further.i am confuse that i am elligble or not.
pls guide me appropriate way.

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BobinOz February 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Hi bhagawanpaudel

It’s not going to be easy for you, all I can suggest is that you read the answer I have given just above your comment where I reply to Grace.

You need to click on the same link I provided there and go through the Australian government’s visa wizard.

Good luck!

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Charlotte February 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

Hi Bob,

I am a student nurse qualifying in September this 2011 could you put me in touch with your friend who helps find jobs for doctors and nurses please.

Many thanks

Charlotte

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TonyC February 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

Hi Bob, My sister is an Australian Citizen, How easy is it for me to get myself,wife and kids in? I lived in Oz 15 years ago for 9 months on a holiday visa (no work).Would that be of any assistance? Cheers, Tony.

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BobinOz February 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Hi Charlotte

My contact tells me nurses do need a couple of years work experience post registration, but may get by with just one year depending on their speciality.

I am trying to check with other sources to see what they think, I’ll post any news here.

Cheers

Bob

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BobinOz February 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Hi TonyC

It all works on a points system, last time I looked you’d get 5 points for your sister if she sponsors you. Depending on the type of visa you go for, you need between 100 and 120 points.

Other points you get depend on age, skills, work experience, language skills, qualifications, that sort of thing.

Read more about that on my post about moving to Australia.

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Charlotte February 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hi Bob,

Thanks, I have heard about nurses and midwives getting sponsored and going over newly qualified not sure how to get a sponsor though.

Really appreciate any help you can give me thanks

Charlotte

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Jacqui Gray April 1, 2011 at 3:39 am

Hiya Charlotte,

Not full of information, but I do know that Tasmania has a large shortage of nurses and since it is considered Regional, you may qualify for a PR. I, myself went through one of the many health expo’s held in Glasgow, many are held thru out the year in large cities, and was lucky enough to secure employment with Calvary Healthcare in Lenah Valley, Tasmania as a Critical Care Nurse for which I have 3 years experience in, but I also have met 2 friends since and they both have experience in Rehab, and that’s how they got sponsered, so my advice would be to attend one of the expo’s or try to find as many large healthcare organisations out in Aus, and write to them detailing your experience and find out if they are hiring, and if they are able to sponser you for a PR visa. You really have to jump thru hoops to prove your a good nurse to AHPRA since they have changed all their requirements for overseas nurses, but it’s worthwhile in the end, if you have a job to go to and the promise of a PR.
All I have to do now, is send my application, and keep my fingers and all other bits crossed for the medical. Then (I hope and pray) that in about 6 months Australia wll be my new home.
Good Luck!
Jacqui

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cal February 18, 2011 at 1:51 am

Hi Bob,

I am a web/graphic designer who just graduated and got myself a bachelor. I have been trying to get PR for over 6 months. I did consult one lawyer, he told me to get sponsorship but i have been looking for a job for 6 months and i couldn’t get one. Some company did want me but they want a person who is PR here. The other choice is to get Business Visa which require a lot of money. My parent do not want me to go back my country because i do not speak my native language as i already adapted western culture since i was young. The other choice is to go work in a regional area which is rural area, however my job type isn’t in the demand list. *Sigh* I have other work experience related to Networking but i do not have the certificate for it. Any other way to help me? Hell, I doubt anyone could help me, i have this though of committing suicide. Maybe it is due to frustration.

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BobinOz February 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Australia is a great country to live in, but it’s not worth committing suicide over. Besides, skills that aren’t on the demand list today could well be on it after the next revision. And Australia revises the list quite regularly.

And as this country is committed to installing high-speed Internet over the next few years, then maybe the demand for web/graphic designers may increase. Meanwhile, I’d continue trying to get a sponsorship. Have you visited my page about finding work in Australia?

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George February 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

Hello Bob,

I (17, final year of Sixth Form) have been looking for PR with my family for a little while. My father is the main earner at 47 as an electrician and has been so for most of his life.

We currently live in England. I am looking for some sort of job either to do with video editing or coaching sport (e.g. hockey). Me and my family have looked at the points system which doesn’t favour my parents as my father is over 45 and I believe I only tot up around 40 points. I’ve read that you need 65 points to get PR.

We have seen a nice house which we have been looking at but without PR there would be no reason to purchase it.

I’m now completely stuck and have no idea were to go from here, is there any advice you could share with me? And do you get any points for being in the commonwealth (England)?

Look forward to hearing from you,

George.

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BobinOz February 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hi George

I am not a MARA registered migration agent so don’t know all of the ins and outs, but here’s what I think I do know. In a few months time, I think June or July, the government are changing the upper age limit from 45 to 50. That may well come just in time for your father and as a qualified electrician, he would be in with a chance.

But for you to qualify with him, you would need to be under 18 years of age. If you are over 18 at the time, then you would have to prove that you are fully dependent upon your father in order to qualify with him. Otherwise they assume that, at over 18 years, you are an independent adult and you would therefore need to apply in your own right.

I also think the government uses the age of the applicants at the time the application form is received, not when the application is approved. As you can probably see, Australia is not easy to get into and the system isn’t straightforward. And no, I don’t think you do get any extra points for being in the Commonwealth.

I would suggest you try and seek the services of a local MARA registered migration agent and ask for an initial and hopefully cheap consultation to run through these options. You should be able to do that with somebody for around £100.

Given your ages, I think you need to do this sooner rather than later, time is running out.

Very best of luck and I hope you make it.

Cheers

Bob

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BobinOz February 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

For those of you who are looking to find work in Australia, either with or without sponsorship, I have added an update at the foot of the post above.

Please read it, I hope it may help some of you.

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Paige Hudson February 26, 2011 at 6:34 am

Hello,
I am 18 years old and I live in England. I want to emigrate to Australia to do a nursing degree, however I have no idea of where to start!! Could you please help me, or hook me up with you’re friend who helps people get into Nursing jobs.
Thanks
Paige

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Jack February 28, 2011 at 6:55 am

Hi, I recentley went to Australia on a WHV. I was there from November 2010 to January 2011. However unfortunatly I ran out of money and couldn’t find work and had to return home.

However I have now heard the visa is a once in a lifetime thing, something I cant get back so i want to come back to Australia and have another go at it. Problem is I cant get back there till September and my visa runs out in November.

So the l plan is to work on the visa and save up, from September- November. Then I am going to leave Australia when it runs out and go to Fiji. But I am only planning to stay in Fiji for a week then I want to return to Australia on a 3 month tourist visa and have a holiday with the money I have saved. Relax and backpack round, see the east coast ect. Is this legally possiable?

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Gordon February 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

G’day Jack , no doubt you already aware of the eligibility criteria for a WHV and presumably you still qualify , i.e. “Who is this visa for?

This visa is for people aged 18 to 30 years of age, who are interested in a working holiday of up to 12 months in Australia.”

On this page of the gov’t website it says “A first Working Holiday visa cannot be extended beyond the 12 month validity period. However, if you have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia on your first Working Holiday visa you may be eligible to apply for a second Working Holiday visa.”

That is from http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/how-the-visa-works.htm

Based on the timeline you mention from your first visit , you are unlikely to have completed 3 months working when you were here the first time , so you have to decide if you want to come back and try to fill the gap in the coming months (but before 12 months is up) in order to get a second go . You can certainly come back on a tourist visa however.

There is generally plenty of work to be had on farms , not great money but we do have minimum wage obligations on employers , so it does allow for saving if you can keep your costs down over that period .

Your first port of call and final authority on these issues is
http://www.immi.gov.au , there is a wealth of information there by following and drilling down through the links.

Good luck to you , i wish you well :-)

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Jack February 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Thanks for the reply Gordon.

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BobinOz March 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Hi Jack

I think Gordon’s covered your question well, thanks Gordon. My best guess would be, and I am guesing otherwise I’d be a lawyer, is if the government grants the visa, then it must be legal.

But if you want to know the answer before you travel out, then you got to drill down over at immi, as Gordon suggests.

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rabih March 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

hello,
my name is Rabie. i am from lebanon and studing medicine in ukraine it is my last year for general medicine and my dream is to get visa and continue my studing and work as a doctor in australia so please if you can help contact me)) i will be so thankful

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Sophia March 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hi Bob
I’m a USA citizen wanting to migrate to Australia. I am a Certified Public Accountant (a University Bachelors Degree in Business/Accounting & Master Degree in Psychology).

BUT I am 45 for six months now. Does my age make me completely ineligible for a work visa? Even if I could find an employer to sponsor me? I haven’t felt old until I read the requirements for a work visa.

What options does a 45 year old have to migrate to Australia?

Thank you
Sophia

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BobinOz March 3, 2011 at 12:59 am

Hi Paige
Sorry, don’t know why but I didn’t answer your question. For some reason I didn’t get my usual notification. My apologies.

My friend can only help qualified nurses, by the sound of what you have said, you want to come here to study nursing. I’m afraid it works the other way around, you need to qualify as a nurse first before you can get into Australia.

But I am not a qualified MARA registered migration agent and I don’t know all the rules. Maybe there is a way you can come here to study to be a nurse, but I would imagine it would cost you.

So I would suggest you continue to pursue this, but find out from someone who does know, how best to approach it.

Sorry I couldn’t be more help but I do hope you find a way to get here.

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BobinOz March 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

Hi Rabih

You have to be careful which qualification you are studying and from which country. There are some medical qualifications from some countries that Australia does not recognise.

Which qualification will you be getting?

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BobinOz March 3, 2011 at 1:06 am

Sophia

Just because Australia thinks you’re old, doesn’t mean that you are :-)

Anyway, I think there is good news. I have read that in June or July the age limit will be increased to 50. There, does that make you feel younger?

Good luck and I hope you qualify.

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Abbey March 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hey

I am here on a my Dad’s subclass 457 (sponsorship). we are able to apply for our permanant visa this december but as I have turned 18 in I have heard that I cant go on my Dad’s PR application unless i am in full time education at the time, is this true?

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Abbey March 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

Also carrying on from my previous comment, i am currently doing a traineeship, however this is only classed as part time education…could u please advise me on my rights?

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Diana March 4, 2011 at 7:20 am

Hi

Stumbled over this article by accident and really like it. It is really great that somebody is taking the time and making the effort to help out “us strangers” who are trying to get or stay in Australia.
I have been here for just a month on a Student Visa, but am trying to get hold of a Skilled Visa. To study was just the quickest way of getting here. By profession I am a nurse, the only problem is that I do not have enough work expirience in my home country, so the ANMC is giving me grief. Is there any possibility to get expirience whilst in Australia in order to register as a nurse!?

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raj singh March 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hi, I am Raj Here,

I worked in Australia for 2 years on 457 Visa. Due to recession I had to come back to India. Now I am very much interested to go back to Australia again.Can you please help me to I get sponsors? Also I am interested to get PR, only hurdle is making CDR? Now I heard the news that India is going to get permanent membership in Washington accord, then it would be easy and less time consuming to get skill assessment from engineers Australia.would you please let me know when it will happen?
Also for general skilled migration whether CDR writing is must or another way to get skill assessment if yes then how and how long it will take.

Please help me,

Regards,

Raj

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BobinOz March 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hi Abbey

I think you need to check out your exact situation with the only people who you can really tell you, the Australian government. Yes, it’s true, those over 18 need to apply in their own right if they are not fully dependent upon their parents.

But as you probably entered the country before you were 18, the rules may be different, so I wouldn’t panic about it yet. The fact that you are currently doing a traineeship part-time suggests to me that you are still dependent, so hopefully you will be able to get PR at the same time as your dad.

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BobinOz March 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Hi Diana

As you’ve already discovered, Australia likes to see some work experience before they hand out work visas. My contact wants at least 2 years.

But as I understand it, a potential employer who might need your skill can offer you a sponsorship irrespective of your work experience, if that’s what they want to do.

It may be a long shot, but whilst you are here I would apply for as many positions as possible and try to sell yourself. Who knows, maybe someone will be prepared to sponsor you. Worth a punt.

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BobinOz March 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Hi Raj

I’m afraid I am not in a position to help you find a sponsorship. The only help I can offer you is it may be worth you getting a professional CV/resume written, because that may help you find a job. Without one you’ll struggle.

Information about a company called Red Star Resume is at the foot of the written post above.

Good luck!

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raj singh March 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hi bob, Thanks for quick response,
I hope my resume is good, I am post graduate in Electrical engineering from one of India,s premier Institute.
I have more than 10 years of exp. in design and engineering of power plant and switchyard. Please let me know about Washington accord , when India is going to get permanent membership?.
Also please let me know for skilled migration how qualification is assessed, do we need to prepare CDR?

Regards,

Raj

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Geraldine March 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hello Bob,

I am an experienced (2yrs) nurse writing from the Philippines. How are you? I saw your blog about 6 ways of migrating Australia and I’ve read that you wrote their that you have a friend who is offering nursing jobs in AU that I am much interested in. Is it possible that you can help me with contacting him/her? I would like to know what the qualifications and requirements are for that job.

Thank you! I am hoping to hear from you soon.

Geraldine

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BobinOz March 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Hi Raj

I’m afraid I can’t help you with the Washington accord or whether you’ll need to submit a CDR, these questions are beyond my abilities.

Maybe you should talk to a MARA registered migration agent.

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BobinOz March 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Geraldine

No, it wasn’t a specific job my friend was looking to fill, he actually works for a recruitment company that can sometimes find vacancies in the medical profession.

If you send me your CV, you can get my contact details from the contact us page, I can forward it on for you.

Cheers

Bob

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al March 16, 2011 at 6:11 am

hi bob,
im from dublin,ireland and im in the process now on getting qualified to be a welder and looking to emigrate to oz,but only thing is i dont qualify on points and thats without putting in the welding qualification as im not qualified yet.i think my points is at 67,so would you say id qualify on points if i get qualified?
and do you know if oz is looking for welders?and what erea of oz would you say would be best to go to for welding work?
any help would be appreciated

thanks

al

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BobinOz March 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

hi al

I’m not sure if welders are on the list or not, but it’s not the kind of information I like putting here anyway, because the list changes all the time. I wouldn’t want to give someone who visits later incorrect information.

The only way to find out what’s currently on the list is to go to the government website. There are lots of links spread throughout these comments that go to immi, but look for the one where I answer Scott, that link goes directly to the skilled occupations list page.

Sorry I can’t be more specific, but good luck with your application.

Cheers

Bob

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Gordon March 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I’ll also reply to Al , mate , it would be helpful to know what welding qualifications you have ?

To do a Trade Certificate in Australia the 4 year apprenticeship in Boilermaking certifies the qualified tradesman at the end of his time to be able to understand and turn complex plan readings into completed jobs , the apprentice learns how to extrapolate square to round , round to triangular etc in 3 dimensional form and be able actually take something from plan to creation , be able to do that
with the ability to use stick welding , mig , tig , gas , submerged arc . , profile cutting setup and operation and more.

Once a tradesman is qualified in those areas by doing the apprenticeship , they can then add to their ticket by becoming qualified for pressure vessel ( x-ray inspection ) , underwater , and other specialities .

Australia has TAFE colleges which offer courses in welding , these courses last several weeks and give participants basic skills for home use or at best a job as a welder – second class.

If you are Qualified , with a capital Q , you’ll get work .

If you have done a course for a few weeks , forget it .

That basic advice applies to all trades , 4 years to become a real tradesman , 5 years to become a GP doctor.

Specialising takes longer and commands higher pay rates upon completion .

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dylan charlton March 18, 2011 at 7:59 am

hello’ iv been thinking of applying for a skilled sponsored visa but my trade isn’t on the (SOL) I’m 32 years old, have an nvq level 2 in dry lining & have been doing the job for over 7years, i also have an aunt who would sponsor me.
There is fibrous plasterer on the skilled occupation list which is a very similar trade to dry lining. Do you know if dry lining is a trade in Australia & if so would i be eligible to apply for a visa using this as my skills?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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Tash March 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hi Bob

My partner, myself and our 4 month old baby wants to move to Oz from New Zealand. My partner is a Mexican Citizen. Myself and our baby are New Zealand Citizens. I know you are not a immigration officer but would appreciate your advice. I want to sponsor my partner for temporary permanent visa (non business) Do you know the requirements of obtaining this visa? My partner is very skilled and is an expert in Capital Markets, Consulting, Web design, Web development. Do you know on average how long will the visa take? If he would qualify? He is currently working in IT and lived in New Zealand for almost 2 years.

Cheers

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BobinOz March 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Hi Dylan

I wouldn’t know the difference between dry lining and fibrous plastering if they were both used to fix my face. But I do know a lot of stuff got damp around these parts and skilled workers are needed to do the repairs. So maybe, with 7 years experience, you might get somewhere.

But I wouldn’t look to me for your answer, I’d engage a good Mara agent to see exactly what you need to do, and that may involve further training or just putting together a portfolio explaining your experience. I don’t know.

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BobinOz March 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hi Tash

As far as I know, it’s all a matter of points. Now, as he is your partner and not your husband, I think that makes it a whole different ballgame. Maybe he might get an extra five points for you sponsoring him, but that’s probably all. He would have to qualify in his own right. And that will wholly depend on his full situation and his skills and qualifications.

Maybe you need to speak to a MARA agent too.

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SHIZA March 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

HI BOB,
I LIVE IN PAKISTAN BUT I M NOT SAVE IN MY HOME COUNTRY PAKISTAN ….I NEED TO MIGRATE TO AUS AS REFUGEE STATUS BUT AS I READ IN WEB THEY SAID IF U ARE APPLYING FOR REGUGEE U SHOULD B OUT SIDE TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY BUT I M NOT AND AS THE SAME TIME I M NOT SAFE IN MY COUNTRY AND I DOUNT HAVE ENOUGH AMOUNT TO MOVE ANOTHER COUNTRY PLEASE HELP ME IN HO CAN I CLAIM AS REFUGEE IN AUSTRALIA ….PLX CONTACT ME AT MY EMAIL ID….

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BobinOz March 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Shiza, no need to shout!

Really sorry but I have no idea how to help you. I wouldn’t know where to start. You’d probably get more information from within Pakistan.

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Kylie March 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

Hi there,
your guide is really helpful to us immigrants who want to live in the land down under! ;) I just have one concerning question.

Currently I am in High School in the United States, I was born and raised in the U.S.

About a year and a half ago, it’s always been my passion and calling to move to Oz. I have a few mates from Australia, and the country seems beautiful and I am quite tired of the U.S.

I am planning to go to the University of Queensland as soon as I graduate from HS. (I’m graduating from High School in three years. Yeah, I’m young, I know.) I want to study in the field of arts, but what I want to do in Arts depends on what is in demand in Australia by the time I get there and graduate.

Now, I know that I need a student visa in order to study over in Australia, and I have that all thought of.
What my question is is that if I go to Uni and study for a few years in a field of work that is in high demand in Australia (this will depend; since everything changes very quickly in a few years, as we all know.), and as soon as I get my diploma and graduate as a skilled person who can take on a job in Australia knowing the experience and what jobs are currently in high demand, could this be an easier way for me to get a Permanent visa?
I really want to go to school in Oz, work, and get my Permanent visa and live in in the land down under for the rest of my life.

I was just wondering if my plan of getting a diploma in a field of work that would let me get a job in the skilled list of occupations would lead me to be able to get a Permanent visa easily either by an employer or being able to get one myself with my experience.

Basically, if going to University in Australia and studying for a job that is in demand at the time would make me more eligible to live permanently in Australia.

Thank you for all of the help.

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BobinOz March 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Hi Kylie

It’s good to hear from you and it’s great that you are planning your future and thinking everything through. But as you already seem to have worked out for yourself, getting into Australia isn’t easy and things change on a regular basis. What Australia needs now in terms of skills, they might not need next year or the year after. So choosing a subject to study now, when you won’t get your qualifications for a few years is a risky business.

It would be easy for me to say to you that I don’t have a crystal ball, but the truth is I have no idea which, if any, art qualifications would get you into Australia right now, let alone in the future. So if I were to try and advise you now, I’d just be kidding myself and misleading you.

But here’s what (I think) I do know. Australia loves young, bright and intelligent people with a degree who have an excellent command of the English language. I also believe they give greater credence to those who have already lived in Australia for a period of time and even more credibility to those who have studied here. So by doing what you intend to do, you are ticking a lot of the right boxes.

So I think you are making all the right moves, but this is your future and your dream. If I were you, I’d check with somebody who really does know. You don’t have to do that now, you still have plenty of time before you complete your high school. But at some point you will probably want to talk to a MARA registered migration agent to make sure that what you do after you finish school really does maximise your chances of achieving your dream.

Good luck with your plans and do let me know how it goes.

Cheers

Bob

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harry March 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

hi,,m here on spouse visa,my wife s studying here. v are here wd our 2 yr baby. m looking for someone who can sponser me work visa in carpentary work. m doing job in cabinet making factory.
i can do carpentary work n as well as spray painting. i m a gd painter also. i did paint work in europe for 4 yrs unfortunately i cudnt get experience certificate. bt here i found dt evryone wants qualifications for such jobs,bt i think practice also makes a man perfect.if smeone hs paint work,i ll b happy for doing dt. actually i need sponsership in paint job n carpentary work. plz let me knw abt it. thanx evryone

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BobinOz March 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Hi Harry

I hope someone can help you out here, if you can manage to secure a sponsorship then permanent residency can easily follow.

If I were you, I’d spend every waking spare moment that you have searching for work. So many properties have been destroyed during our recent floods and the cyclone, it’s hard to think that there are enough carpenters to go around. Being here, in the country, gives you a great advantage.

To maximise that advantage, knock on as many doors as you can. I hope you find something.

Cheers

Bob

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Bista Lal March 26, 2011 at 2:03 am

Hi Bobin,
I’m currently an international engineering graduate student at Uni of Sydney. I’d like to know(even if its 1 and half years left to complete my Masters Degree and yes the course incorporates the requirement as defined in SOL immi of Aus) my chances on getting a PR after my graduation. In addition to this, there is also a rumor I;d like to ask you personally; Does reputation of Uni( such as Uni of Sydney, UNSW, ANU, UTS) somehow show a propensity towards favoring the chances of getting PR.
Anyways, great job helping the needy..
Cheers

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John March 26, 2011 at 4:20 am

Hi my partner and 1 year old child are thinking about moving to australia. I’m a bricklayer for the last 10 years and have my own company in Ireland. I have no written qualifications for my trade. My partner is a beauty therapist. 3 years experience and has diploma for her profession. What type of visa would we need? Is it hard to get? Or we better to go to Canada?

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Zury March 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’m actually living in Houston Texas (USA)
But I’m from Mexico and I’m planning to move to Australia.
I was a preschool teacher in Mexico and here i have been working as nanny, do you have any nanny connection in there.?

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Ammar March 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

HI BOB,
I LIVE IN PAKISTAN BUT I M NOT SAVE IN MY HOME COUNTRY PAKISTAN ….I NEED TO MIGRATE TO AUS AS REFUGEE STATUS BUT AS I READ IN WEB THEY SAID IF U ARE APPLYING FOR REGUGEE U SHOULD B OUT SIDE TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY ….PLX CONTACT ME AT MY EMAIL ID….

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Sasan March 28, 2011 at 1:22 am

Hi,
I have already got Australia Visa under the GSM subclass 476 (Recognized Graduate). I appreciate it if you tell me if I still need to prepare a CDR and the reasons for that.
Regards
Sasan

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Charlie March 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

Hi Bob,
Your info and advice is worth a lot. Keep it mate and God bless.Gordon(one of your “responders”) gives good advise too. Do you give emails for writers(with their Consent of course) because would sure love to contact him?
Regards
Charles

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Gordon March 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

G’day Charlie , I’m fairly wary of giving out my email address but I have just resurrected an old yahoo one which I’ll email to Bob to forward on to you in a day or two if Bob agrees . If it gets spammed , I’ll shut it down very quickly.

Just going back over the last few posts here , I have to wonder if SHIZA and Ammar are the same person / same family or if those posts are pro forma entreaty used elsewhere by others ?

I’m old enough to be cynical but human enough to feel compassion where warranted.

Kylie , what a breath of fresh air you are ! You write so well and dare to dream and explore real life options , about the only advise I would offer ( as a semi old codger ) would be this -

Steer yourself towards a career that you will enjoy and get satisfaction from , factor in things like remuneration , relocation , family ties as well ofcourse , but aim high !

A bachelor of arts degree is an entry level degree to ( amongst other things ) public service ( which can be anything
from local , state or federal government ) and depending on what you Major in could open other doors .

Generally ( to all readers ) –
Australia has a growing economy and an aging population which amounts to a skills shortage in years to come .

That means people with “properly accredited skills” i.e. internationally recognised or ( as in the case of doctors ) they can pass the exams of competency by becoming accredited here through a series of stringent tests.

That is why immigrants are favoured from countries that similar high standards of qualification.

A qualification from an outside country is no guarantee that it will be recognised here .

Social comment ( the longer term view ) – as the worlds human population is predicted to rise to 9 Billion by 2050 and with rising sea levels due to climate change set to displace millions more , we can expect a great diaspora of people in our and our childrens lifetimes.

Think about this – when i was born in 1955 the population was about 2.8 Billion , in my lifetime so far it has grown to about 6.8 Billion and expected to pass 7 Billion this year.

People really need to think about that and what it means into the future . i’m talking about the planet that sustains us all , all species and all that entails.

Think about that , it’s quite important.

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BobinOz March 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

A great big HI to each and all of my last 7 commenters here. Thanks for taking the time to post your remarks and I will try my best to answer you all.

But, I’m afraid most of these questions are way over my head and too specialised for me to be able to give you worthwhile advice. I would need to be a qualified MARA registered migration agent to stand any chance of knowing about these things, and, of course, I’m not. So what follows for each of you is my best guess, I hope it helps in some way.

But if you want a more in-depth and accurate answer, look up your local MARA registered migration agent and ask for a low cost initial consultation.

Bista: I would say your chances of PR are good, very good. Only today here in the press there was an article about the shortage of engineers here in Australia. Check that article out here. Obviously it depends what kind of engineer you will be. As for the authorities preferring one university over another, I’ve not heard of that but I don’t think you need worry. Australia will probably love you just for having a degree. Well, you have to pass it first I guess:-)

John: without written qualifications (see Gordon’s comment above) your skills will probably be questioned. So I would think your best option would be to go for the business persons visa (see my post above). If you run your own company in Ireland, why not run your own company here. I think if you invest in setting up a business here and employ the required number of Australians, you’ll probably get your visa for that. Following the floods/cyclone, I’m sure there’s plenty of work for a new brick laying company. You would have to check the skilled list for your partner, not sure if beauty therapist is on there. As for Canada instead, who knows? Well, I don’t.

Zury: Ah, this one I am qualified to answer :-) But I’m afraid it’s no, sorry, I don’t have any nanny connections.

Ammar: if I couldn’t help Shiza, who posted the same comment as you a few days earlier, why do you think I can help you? And why would you think it’s a good idea to use capital letters? I have already mentioned to Shiza not to shout. So I’m afraid your comment has not been received well by me. Especially as you posted it twice, I’ve removed one of them. And in future I will remove all posts on the same subject, that is any post asking questions about refugee status. I know nothing of the subject. I sympathise with you, but I just can’t help.

Sasan: if you have already secured your visa, I suspect probably not. But I found this online, maybe it helps. “The Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) provides you with the opportunity to establish that your engineering knowledge and competencies are equivalent to those of the appropriate occupational category within the engineering team in Australia.”

Charlie: I don’t need any qualifications to answer you either, do I? Thanks for popping by and thank you also for the kind compliments. And Gordon, yes he does give out some fantastic advice, I’m very pleased to have him around.

Gordon: thanks again for chiming in here, as Charlie has said and I have too, the advice you give here is excellent. And with your latest comment you’ve given us all something to think about. Many thanks to you.

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Leanne Hunt March 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

Hi,
I keep searching the internet hoping to find some help and/or good news.
I am looking for a way of entering WA, to live and work so that I can be with my boyfriend who has managed to get himself a very good job as a Refridgeration/aircon engineer. We have officially been together for three months, but have known each other for ten years, with a short relationship when we were teenagers. I can’t loose him again, and need to find a way of being able to stay and work out there legally.
He had unfortunatley already started his visa process off before we made things official, and I am now in the UK – looking for as much information as possible.
I have great aunts and second cousins out in Australia, I am 28 and am a qualified Accounting Technician. (I would like to study out in Australia and become a fully qualified Accountant if possible)
I want to move out ther as soon as possible for obvious reasons….Is there any help/advice that you could provide please?

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 12:19 am

Hi Leanne

Best bet for you would be to apply for a working holiday visa, I talk about them above in the post, I think they are also affectionately known as the work/play visa. Backpackers often go for this one, but it gives you 12 months out here and allows you to work as well. There are some rules, you can’t work for the same person for the whole 12 months is one, I think.

But check it out, they are easy to get and it will mean you can almost immediately join your boyfriend. Whilst you’re here, you can decide if you like the place (and him) before you make your next move.

Good luck!

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abdurahman March 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Hi, i have a question about if i and my family moved to australia..do the government will help us with anything ? like giving a house for 1 year or some months or something like that until my father get use to the australian life and costs :/

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 12:20 am

No, try England.

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Joanne March 30, 2011 at 1:31 am

Hi
I am a qualified nurse and want to move to live in Perth with my husband and son. Do you think that i should use an agency to get my visa or is it more straight forward than it looks. I haven’t got money to play with and really could use the money for the move!! I would appriciate any help or advice to help me get over in the next 12 mth could your friend help?

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 12:23 am

Joanne

You don’t have to use an agency, it just means you have to fill in the paperwork yourself. As a qualified nurse, that shouldn’t be too difficult. It only gets tricky doing the paperwork yourself when you have to prove your skill, but with nurses who have the right qualifications, the only proof is your certificate.

So in your case, I wouldn’t use a migration agent. If you send me your CV I’ll pass it on to my friend to see if he can help.

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Joanne April 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Thanks for your reply. I am looking at the first process of getting my skills assessed. Is it right that i do not have to do IELTS test as i am english and can provide certificates to prove i have been taught in English. I am being told that i have to do this test even though i am English could your friend help. I will put my CV together and send it to you. Thanks very much for your help.

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BobinOz April 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Hi Joanne

I think whoever is telling you you might have to take the IELTS exam may well be right. I had an email from a nurse the other day who said she had to take the test despite having lived in England all her life. I think it’s a specific requirement for nurses, understandably they do not want any communication problems in the middle of surgery :-)

If you send me your CV, I will pass it on to my friend.

Cheers

Bob

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Bista March 30, 2011 at 2:32 am

Thanks a lot for taking time to reply. You definitely have a big heart. I’d be following your blog.

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 12:24 am

Thanks Bista!

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Sasan March 30, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hey man thanks a lot for your answers.
Sei grande!

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 12:28 am

No problem my friend, hope to see you here in Australia soon.

Good one!

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John March 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

Hi bob thanks for your help! Im just wondering if I get a whv and my partner and baby get a holiday visa can we enter Australia? Also while there if I get sponsorship can we apply for the family migration visa???

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 12:38 am

WHV is for under 30′s, is that you? There are rules to it as well, you’d need to check them all out, you may not be able to just go lay bricks all the time.

there are also some funny rules about getting sponsorship whilst you are in the country, you may have to leave the country and come back to validate it.

I can understand what you are trying to do, but if I were you I’d consider doing it the proper way, rather than trying to duck and dive your way in to Australia.

Also, and my apologies for not picking it up first time, I assume your partner is not your wife, but you live together. That doesn’t count as family as far as I understand it. So even if you get in, they don’t, and that includes your baby.

Time to get married? Sorry, none of my business.

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Jacqui Gray April 1, 2011 at 2:11 am

Hiya Bob and everyone else out there!

Already to post my visa application (RSMS), any one out there any words of wisdom on nursing (the differences between nursing in the UK or USA compared to AUS). Want to hear the good, bad and of course, the ugly. (Although with 20 years of nursing experience I’ve seen a lot of uglies!) Also still looking for some insider info on Tasmania (any Tassies out there-want to tell me about your home town?? My job is to work in a hospital in Lenah Valley!
Really love any replies!!
Thank you Bob for all your follow up help, you’re a good guy.
Kind regards,
Jacqui

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BobinOz April 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hi Jacqui

I can’t help you with any insider information about what it’s like to be a nurse here in Australia, but I do know a nurse who has worked in both countries, so I may just tap her up for some information.

As for Tasmania, I’ll be going there for a weeks holiday in winter, this July. So I can let you know what I think of it then. Or will you already be living there by that time?

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amadi juliet April 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Hi, I like your good work evidensed om the articles and how you attend to enquiries on your site.
I am a Nigerian registered nurse and I am currently practising Nursing in my country.
I have heard about ”LIVE IN CANBERRA”. Kindly let me know if I am eligible to apply so as to get a working visa to Australia.Again, in the site there, it states that my field of nursing does not require additional requirements (like IELTS). Does it mean I am exempted from writing the test. Finally, can you link me to employers in Canberra seeking to hire and sponsor me as a foreign worker in Australia.
I await your prompt response.

Thank you.
Amadi Juliet.

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BobinOz April 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Hi Amadi

Australia only recognises the nursing qualifications from a few countries, I don’t believe Nigeria is one of them. So you will probably have to take a competency assessment programme. And as I understand it, you will need to pass IELTS level 7.

So you may have a way to go yet before you can attract sponsors. But as I’ve said elsewhere, I’m not a MARA registered agent, so I don’t know for sure, maybe you should speak to someone who is.

Best of luck

Bob

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Bista Lal April 5, 2011 at 12:12 am

hi bob,
sorry to give you trouble again.
Recently, I found a change in Australian Visa Wizard. It has excluded the options of Postgraduate CourseWork. Earlier, it had two explicitly defined options on Engineering and Medical Field. In addition to this,
I would like to ask one important question. As my Masters at the university has a duration of 1.5 years , how will I be able to stay for next 6 months in Australia to meet the minimum requirement of 2 years as depicted in Immigration Policy.
Thanks

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Bista Lal April 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

HI again, just had some casual discussions with my friends and came across another obfuscating issue. Can international student get an internship ??? We heard that, unless we get PR, we will have hard times getting intership.

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Bista Lal April 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

sorry again,
But I recently solved the “Australian Visa Wizard. It has excluded the options of Postgraduate CourseWork.” puzzle.

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BobinOz April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Hi Bista

Glad you solved one issue, because I have no idea with either of them. Maybe someone else can help out but I would be wary of anyone who guarantees an internship. They are probably more interested in collecting your education fees.

But as I say, I don’t know.

Good luck

Bob

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Jonathan April 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hello Bobin, While i appreciate and admire your enthusiasm to help people out on getting aus visas and PRs, i am little surprised on the level of your knowledge about the process. You’re almost never confident to give out any answers, and if u did it would be incorrect most of the time, as in the case you advised a kiwi truck driver to find a work to get PR in Aus, while he needs none as being a kiwi passport holder. Although, you have drifted all the blames by disclosing in your posts that you are not a authority and merely doing guess work, but then again, even giving bad guess is like directing towards a confusing path. and what’s the point of guessing , if you can’t at least rule out some of the odds and come closer to the solution. so please, and please do not take this offensively but do some research,law and come up with better guesses if you have to make them. do not hesitate to copy paste the law versus from credible sources such as aus govt website rather than merely providing the general link.

and ya that lady ,the recruiter one who thinks she’s not racist , i have got something to tell you, if you walk like a goose, smell like a goose, talk like a goose then you are a goose…

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NC May 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Hi Jonathan,

I don’t want to comment on Bob’s position as its his personal blog and we make our own decision to read it and make comments……….about that lady Brooke, check my comment up there if you have time..like your take on it….

Bob you are doing a fine job,take care.

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BobinOz April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Jonathan, welcome to my blog. I just love it when people like you come in here with your first comment and think it’s a good idea to tell me how to run my blog. But here’s the thing, Jonathan, I think you need to be visiting a different kind of website about moving to Australia.

Because this website is simply about me, an ordinary bloke who moved from one country all the way around to the other side of the world, to another. Australia. All I do is write about my experiences here.

As a consequence of that, some people ask me questions I’m not qualified to answer. But I do answer them anyway, often reminding them I’m not qualified and explaining that I’m giving them my best guess.

Seems to me, and these are your words, you want me to ‘come up with better guesses’? I’m sorry I have let you down. I must try harder!

So may I suggest you spend your time looking around the Australian government’s website about immigration, it’s the one I recommended to our Kiwi friend when I gave that awful advice you mentioned, because that site is full of the legally correct and factually accurate stuff you seem to crave.

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Jonathan April 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Bobin Sir, i do have a ton of respect for you and i admire your enthusiasm like i have said earlier, but sir, if you ‘re not qualified to provide correct information then i do not think you should be giving advises. Sir one maybe a very good accountant, tax advisor or something in their life that that does not mean they can work at 24/7 poison hotline merely basing on guess work just as a 24-7 hotline worker may not be the best fit as acct, tax advisor or something else. Immigration is a serious matter, if you have gone though a particular path of immigration that gives you experience to share it with others, but mere guesswork is dangerous. Sir, my good ol’ professor used to say, Guessing= Assuming = “Arse” “oUt” of u and me.
btw, i don’t think an accountant should open a blog about poison control. hmm that would be something like this i guess, ” tring tring, Hello, I just accidently took rat poison.”

Accountant: ” Umm i guess, take some tea. ” I am just guessing, yaaa i definitely think tea is going to help you out. don’t count me, but but tea might relax you down and relax the poison too, ummmmm I think ?????. ”

Immigration is a serious thing mate, people are ready to die in here.

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Dottieanne April 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

G’Day Bob,
Just wanted to pop in and say we are working on trying to get in to Australia, Tassie to be exact, moving from Florida, USA. We have THROUGHLY enjoyed your entire website for about a year now. Let me clarify that, we check out your website daily for ENJOYMENT. We are sensible enough to know not to rely on blogs such as yours other than simply for the enjoyment of reading about the experiences of others who have made the move successfully. We are also SENSIBLE enough to rely on the government immigratin websites and assorted MARA agent sites for more exacting and up to date information. Not to take away from your ‘best guesses’ as I am a ‘seat of my pants’ kind of gal and I tend to trust my best guesses and intuition. I am sure many a new discovery has been made through time because of someone’s best guess to start with.
Jonathan, check out these websites I think they are just what you need as it seems they will let most anyone and everyone in quite easily. If we do manage to be successful in our move to AU I don’t think you’d be the neighbor we’d enjoy to end up with there.
You are typical of what we are trying to leave behind here and you would fit right in. My best guess. You could even buy our house!
http://www.dhs.gov/files/immigration.shtm
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

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BobinOz April 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

Hi Dottianne

I wasn’t sure whether I really should answer Jonathan again, I’d already answered his question once. But then I popped back here and find that you’ve answered him for me, and done a much better job than I could ever have dreamed of.

Thank you!

I’m off to Tassie for a winter holiday, July I think. Hopefully my little girl will see snow for the first time since she was 10 months old. She’ll love that! I’ll let you know what I think of it, or maybe you will already be there.

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david April 8, 2011 at 2:11 am

HI EVERYONE

I AM A PAINTER & DECORATOR WITH 17YRS EXP BUT HAVE NO FORMAL CERT FOR MY TRADE AND WAS WONDERING IF I APPLY FOR A SPONSORED VISA WILL I HAVE TO GET MY SKILLS RECOGNIZED BEFORE I LOOK FOR A SPONSOR OR SIT IELTS TEST.
I AM LIVING IN IRELAND AND I AM LOOKING TO GO ASAP WITH PARTNER AND CHILD WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO AUSTRALIA ON WHV IN 1999/2000 AND I AM 34YRS OLD SO CAN NOT APPLY FOR ANOTHER ONE ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED. VERY CONFUSING WHAT TO APPLY FOR
REGARDS
DAVID

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BobinOz April 9, 2011 at 1:40 am

Hi David

I always think that if you do not have an official, recognised qualification in a trade that Australia has on its skills occupation list, then you are going to need all the help you can get.

We got here on my wife’s skill, which was marketing. But she didn’t have a qualification in marketing, just work experience. So we engaged the help of a MARA registered migration agent to help us. My wife had to prepare a very large portfolio which she put a lot of effort into, just to prove her skills as a marketer. Only after that submission was assessed and accepted were we (she actually, me hanging on to her leg) approved to carry on with the application.

So I think you need to find our first if painting and decorating is on the skilled occupation list. If it is, then I would consider engaging a MARA registered agent to help guide you through the process of getting your skill assessed. You can do it yourself, but with so much at stake and when you only get one shot at it, you may want to consider getting help.

But there is one big problem, possibly. You say you have a “partner” and child, if she’s not your wife, I don’t think she would be able to come with you, even if you do qualify.

Spouses of those who qualify automatically qualify with them. As I understand it, partners do not. She would have to apply in her own right.

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Jennifer Fletcher April 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

Hello Bob

First of all, thanks for a great website. As I scrolled down I became more surprised at how you’ve kept this going and was encouraged to post and ask for your help!

I came here from the UK with my husband in November 2010 on a 1 year working holiday visa. I am 28 and my husband is 30 (31 in May 2011).

Since coming to Sydney we have been renting a flat for $320 a week and I’ve been working in administration jobs for 2 months in one place and 3 months in another. My husband started a job in January with a gym. We’ve been paying tax for almost all the time we’ve been here and we’ve really settled into Sydney life, have lots of friends and respect Australian culture and values.

Things are going very well for my husband at the gym where he works – the company are very impressed by him and want to give him more responsibility and fly him to different cities in Australia where the gym operates. They have made it clear that they won’t be sponsoring as it’s out of their company policy.

My husband really wants to stay in this job and the manager (who can’t sway the decision of sponsorship) really wants him to stay on as well.

Is there any way we can pay for another visa that will allow my husband to work past the 6 months? My husband can’t apply for the second year now and even if he did, the gym would probably not wait for him for 3 months only to have him no longer than 6 months again.

My husband has a masters degree in sports science. Is it possible for him to apply for permanent residency or is there something he can do now to get round the fact that he can’t obtain a 457 visa? Is there no middle ground?

The more I read about our options, the more I have a sinking feeling that this is all going to end in tears. We shouldn’t have treated the 417 visa as a ‘relocation’ but… we just travelled Asia for 6 months, got married in Thailand (we eloped) and we are at the stage where we want to settle and have a family. We’re paying too much rent for our flat now but we have made it so beautiful and worked really hard for all we have. I will be so heartbroken if we have to go back to England as I really do not want to raise children in that culture. :( If I knew I could stay here, I would definitely have children asap (a big thing for me because I’ve always been against it). Coming to Australia seems to have woken up the maternal instinct in me because I know it’s a safe place for family life.

Really hope we can work something out.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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BobinOz April 9, 2011 at 1:57 am

Hi Jennifer

I’m not surprised you’re getting that sinking feeling. You are here on a one-year working holiday visa, and that is what it is. The way I see it, you’re going to have to go home when that year is up.

But then, look at the positives. Your husband has a Masters degree, you are both young and you now each have experience of living in Australia. These are all things the Australian government likes.

This isn’t the sort of country you can duck and dive your way into, even if you could extend your one-year working holiday visa, so what? You’d face the same problem next year.

I think you have to go and see a MARA registered agent, you can do that here, and find out exactly what all your options are. Is your husbands skill on the skilled occupations list? Can he look for a sponsorship with a gym who does have a policy of sponsoring people?

Whatever you do, don’t try to play the system, for example, apply for a six-month holiday visa next. Because that won’t solve your problem and it might go against you if the authorities look at it and think you have been gaming them to stay here longer.

My view is that you will probably have to go home before you might have a chance of coming back again permanently. But that’s just my opinion, ask somebody who does know. That would be a MARA registered agent or the Australian immigration authorities themselves.

Good luck!

Bob

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Mehdi April 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hi BOB

i have a problem im Moroccan married to australian woman just asking how i can be with her quckly as i can she in hard time now and she need me i did call the embassy they say only to applay the visa u need 1750$ its to much and the same time we dont have australian embassy here in Morocco i need to go to egypt to apply it please if u can give me any e=idea how i can be with her or they can give me visa tourist for few months or something she realy need me in this time she have hard time there now please i wihc hear from u soon

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BobinOz April 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Sorry Mehdi, I don’t control the prices of visas or who does and doesn’t get them. Can’t your wife help?

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Garry April 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Hi my name is Garry 22 year old male i been here 5year and still haven’t got pr .but I really need it now and I am happy to spend $20000 if any female of any age ready to marry me .plz reply if any Australian citizen after quick cash see you .

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Gordon April 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Garry , you are asking for help to rort the system . There are any number of ways your approach could end badly for you , if you think about it.

If you want to stay here ( and I can understand that ) do yourself a favour and do it properly .

I’m not even going to ask how you have been here for 5 years.

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Katina Nurnberger April 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

Thank you for this site. I am thinking about moving to NZ and have a question. I am a RN and 36 years of age, but my spouse is a general handyman, but will be turning 55 this June. Will we still be able to move or due to age restrictions this would not be possible? Thank you for the feed back.

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Katina Nurnberger April 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

Ha Ha wrong country…sorry guys. I am also thinking about Australia…any suggestions?

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BobinOz April 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Well, normally if you qualify, your spouse does too. Hey, they let me in aged 49 after my younger wife qualified, so your husband has a chance too.

Stick an application in, only way to find out.

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Jgendra Singh April 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Dear Bob,
This is Jogendra Singh from Mumbai (India) i did the diploma in computer electronic / computer hardware & Networking Having 5 years for experience currently working with HP (Hewlett-Packard India Pvt Ltd) as a Desktop / Notebook support engineer. I would like to apply PR for Australia if my profile is matching then revert back. Awaiting for your positive reply.

Thanks & Regards.
Jogendra Singh

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BobinOz April 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Is your skill on the skilled occupations list?

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Jgendra Singh April 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Dear Bob,

Thanks for your quick reply yes bob it is in occupations list.. I have checked here with local consultants what they are saying they will check with Australian skilled.

Thanks
Jogendra Singh

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BobinOz April 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Then I suggest you put in an application, see the link to immi towards the end of the blog post on this very page.

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Mehdi April 12, 2011 at 5:47 am

no my wife she cant help me in this time but im asking if i have chance to get touriste visa to visite her and how easy way to get it if i can please

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BobinOz April 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Wife can’t help? That doesn’t sound encouraging, anyway…..

I don’t give out the visas, but these people do http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

Take a look.

Cheers

Bob

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Mishy April 13, 2011 at 3:49 am

Hi Bob :)
hru ? yeshhh u got it right i got a query as well :p hahaha …
I have been in Oz for 4 yrs now on a student visa. I have done a double diploma in marketing and advertising,and Multimedia. I have cert III in Graphics Pre-Press as well. Now few of my friends are saying that because I have been in here for 4 yrs I actually eligible to apply for my PR. Can you advise me if this is possible or anything additional requirements involved ? Else I will have to apply to a TR but I have not done any work experience :( so do you think that will be a big issue ?
Please advise :)
cheers
Mishy ;)

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BobinOz April 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Hi Mishy

Maybe you can, what did the original terms of your student visa state? Dig out the original paperwork if you can find it and check it out.

Or search the immi site (see full post above) for details of your visa and the terms which apply. Personally, I’d be surprised if being a student here for 4 years automatically qualifies you for PR, but as with many of the questions here, I just don’t know.

So if you find out, maybe come back and tell us :-)

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Danelle Volpe April 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hi Bob – I have enjoyed reading your blog for the last few days since my husband came home and said “hey – do you want to move to Australia? The want me there..”. My husband is a manager and hydrogeologist in a engineering consulting firm. He manages an office here in the states. I am a civil engineer. He is 47 and I am 43. His employer will sponsor both of us since they seem to be unable to fill the positions that they are looking for in their Australian offices. Having gone through this process (I know its not the same as your situation) will his (and soon to be my) age be a problem? Thanks for the adivice in advane! Mary

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BobinOz April 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hi Mary

No, your age will not be an issue because it does not apply in the case of job sponsorship. That aside, the age limit is being raised to 50 in July of this year anyway.

See, you’re not as old as you thought :-)

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sher shah April 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Hello Bob,
I am a Pakistani national currently doing MSc in Food Science in a UK based university. I have no any formal work experience in any food industry. Do you know how I can get any job in Australian Food and beverage industry after completing my course in the coming September 2011.
I will be thankfull for your suggestions and guidance.

Sincerely,

Sher Shah

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BobinOz April 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Without work experience, I think you will find it hard to secure a job here. Australia usually looks for 2 to 4 years experience before offering job sponsorships. Will your job be on the skilled occupations list? If it’s not, you will find it even harder.

I think your best bet would be to find a local MARA registered migration agent and arrange an initial consultation. Find out from them what your chances are and what you need to do. This initial meeting shouldn’t cost any more than £100.

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Lena April 22, 2011 at 1:55 am

Hi there Bob,

I have been reading your Q&A’s and found them informative. I would like to ask a little advice of my own if i may?

My husband is a miner and has been in the mining industry for 10 years. We would very much like to be able to move over to Austrialia from England and wondered how to go about it.

We have been looking through job sites but really unsure on the Visa part of it all.

Do you think that because he is a miner that we would have a good chance of getting the Visa and if so thenwhich type of Visa would we need to be applying for?

Thanks

Lena :)

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BobinOz April 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Well, Australia does a lot of mining, especially over in Western Australia at Kalgoorlie. Not only that, I think these people earn fortunes!

So I would think your husband has a very good chance of getting into Australia, assuming he is under 45 (or even 50, coming soon) and is qualified at what he does. Probably your best option would be to explore an employer sponsored visa. That means find a company who needs a skilled miner and is happy to sponsor them.

Check out my post on finding a job in Australia.

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ANTRIKSH TYAGI April 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Hi Bob,

Howaya mate?
I will highly appreciate if you can let me know whether the state sponsorship for IT Professionals ()in any state is open.
I am currently on Temporary Graduate Visa (sub485) and its expiring in July 2011, Moreover, PR rules (Points Test System) is also changing. So, i have to apply PR by all means before that deadline. State Sponsorship sounds best way out right now.

My Occupation is on SOL LIST
“261111 – ICT business analyst – 2231-13
Systems Designer- ACS – 60 Points

You are doing a great Job.
Thanks a ton

Chaio

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BobinOz April 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hi mate

I am well, thanks.

As for your question, I don’t know but according to a Google search for ‘is Australian state sponsorship for IT Professionals in any state open’ – the answer is yes. Check it out.

And good luck, hope you get sorted.

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Praveen Lal April 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Dear Sir,
Iam Praveenlal from India, have completed MBA in Marketing and got more than 9 yers of experience as a manager level, I tried a lot to get an aus PR but unfortunatively i can not, Now my sister is at Brisbane who is holding an aus PR and my brother in law got citizenship.

also i got married 1.5 yers back and she is completed her Bsc Nursing and got 2 yers of experience still she is working in India.

Now both we want to migrate to australia, Therefore please advice me the chances to get an PR either for me or for my wife

If my wife getting PR can i also came as a depentant?
what is the chance to get a PR?
If it is possible, how long it will take?
I already got IELTS 6 (all over) but my wife is not yet

Expecting your valuable advices as early as possible

Rgds
Praveen
0091 9744076501

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BobinOz April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Hi Praveenlal

As you know, getting PR in Australia isn’t easy. When we did it, it took around a year, the application had 32 pages of questions, we had police checks, we had medicals, my wife had to prepare a portfolio to have her skills assessed independently and we had to supply the Australian government with who knows how many certified legal proofs and certificates.

So it probably wont surprise you to hear that actually, no, I can’t assess your chances. All I can tell you is Australia is a great country to live in, it’s worth going through all that effort to try and get PR because, if it does come off, it will all be worth it.

But, on the plus side, you have an MBA and your wife is a nurse, although she will need IELTS. Whichever one of the two of you qualifies for PR (assuming one a you does), I believe the other will automatically qualify too as the spouse. So you have a chance. Maybe two chances :-)

Good luck, I wish you well and I hope you get your PR.

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Istiaque Ahmed April 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hi,
I am Istiaque Ahmed from Bangladesh.Now I am a student of Finance & Banking department.I am 22 years old.Now I wish to go to Australia to study in nursing.I heard that nursing is the easiest way to get PR.I am so confuse because i have no science background.I am a student of a commerce faculty.Please answer me….what can I do?

waiting for your quick response….Thank you

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BobinOz April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Hi Istiaque

Yes, it’s true to say that Australia does have a shortage of nurses, so those with the correct qualifications and work experience can often secure permanent residency (PR) here in Australia. Even then, there are no guarantees.

But, as far as I’m aware, Australia does not give out PR to people who want to train to be a nurse. So I think you will find it quite difficult.

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darkprince April 25, 2011 at 12:22 am

hi bob,
i am a british doctor (GP) of indian descent working in yorkshire. really just writing to say i have found your site very informative. you clearly have fallen in love with OZ but don’t lay it on too thick.
i have been thinking of a move to OZ so the information on your site on various subjects has been most helpful. if you have any GP specific contacts you could let me know about that would be cool – more first hand experiences perhaps from UK GP’s over there and more importantly the differences in the health care system and stories from the coal face so to speak. i have done the recruitment agency rounds already and the jobs/income on offer compares very well and there are plenty of jobs on offer and i meet all the job/immigration requirements and am assured the process of visa etc would be relatively speedy as i will have a guaranteed job offer but i am 33, married and have a 1 year old daughter so it is a daunting step to leave behind a medical system and social culture i understand well including it’s faults for a step in the unknown, essentially a high risk/high reward situation for me.
i appreciate this is not your area of expertise so no worries if you don’t have contacts/info and finally i thought you dealt with the suicide merchants/shouty caps lock people well with a nice mix of sympathy, patience and toughness.

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BobinOz April 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hello doctor

I’m glad to hear you have found my site very informative. As a fully qualified doctor with work experience in the UK, I am sure you have already discovered that those recruitment agencies are quite keen to talk to you.

I can’t help you specifically with UK doctors who have already made the move, I just don’t know any. Maybe one who is reading this blog can chime in and help you out. But as you say, there are plenty of jobs about and as you do meet the requirements I think you won’t struggle to get some kind of an offer.

As you say, much of this is out of my area of expertise, but where I do have great experience it’s in taking that daunting step. I was 49 when I moved here, married, we had a three-year-old daughter (now 7) and we had both left good jobs and came out here to……. nothing!

No jobs to come to, no income, we had to start from scratch. You don’t get much more high risk/high reward than that.

But things have worked out great for us, we love it here and, more importantly, our daughter loves it here. Australia is a fantastic place to bring up children. So I say “go for it!” If you don’t, you will never know.

By the way, as for ‘…but don’t lay it on too thick’ – I’m not. I really do love my life here in Australia that much.

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darkprince April 26, 2011 at 5:37 am

hi bob,
i phrased the sentence incorrectly; i meant it as a compliment as in you in fact DO NOT “lay it on too thick” – i wasn’t asking you not to. my apologies and thanks to gordon for the link.

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BobinOz April 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

Yes, I see it now, it can be read both ways. But I hadn’t taken offence, so no worries. Thanks for letting me know though.

Hope to see you out here soon.

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kelly smith April 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

hey am 19 years old and have a young baby do you think its possible for me to get visa even for one year? and how do i go about getting one?

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BobinOz April 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hi Kelly

Normally I would say the 12 month working holiday visa, but with a young baby I’m pretty sure that isn’t going to be possible. But I don’t know that for certain. Look for the link above to immi and visit the governments website and play around with their visa wizard.

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Gordon April 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Darkprince , hope you don’t mind me jumping in here , it sounds like you have already done your homework but I’ll stick this link in anyway – http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/medical-practitioners/doctors.htm

I don’t know how you would feel about working in a regional area where the need for doctors is greatest , this link is informative –
http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/

I don’t have any inside information but I “would think” that working in a regional area may well be a shortcut to private practice , if that’s what you want .

It is a big step as you say , would it be possible for you to perhaps combine a holiday with a “reconnaissance mission”
to check things out ?

I think there would be several options open to you , I wish you well
whatever you decide upon .

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BobinOz April 26, 2011 at 12:56 am

A couple of very useful links Gordon, thanks!

Bob

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MAYURDHVAJSINH SAHADEVSINH JHALA April 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

hi bob u r great but i am from india and i am graduate in electronics and communication engineering .
i want permanent citizen or PR for oz. can i get it if i have 1 year of experience (now i m fresher, but if 1 yr experience than i will wait and get it.)
i have checked http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au but it wired…
plz tell me i will owe u that

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BobinOz April 26, 2011 at 12:54 am

I couldn’t really answer that one, I think normally the government would look for around 2 to 4 years experience. But I imagine they are quite flexible about that if they are really short of a particular skill. But only the Immigration Department can answer that question I would think, I certainly can’t.

Good luck!

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MAYURDHVAJSINH SAHADEVSINH JHALA April 26, 2011 at 2:42 am

thank you for ur quick answer if u have any more information than send me

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BobinOz April 27, 2011 at 12:39 am

Will do MAYURDHVAJSINH SAHADEVSINH JHALA.

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matt April 26, 2011 at 12:59 am

hey, im a 22 year old wanting to make the move to australia, im currently training to be a act pharmacy technician, i read u have a friend who deals with this??? is it possible for you to pass my info over to them and see what my chances are?? iv already used my 2 years work visa and am dying to get back out there!!

cheers bud
matt

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BobinOz April 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

Not surprised you want to get back here Matt, but I think it may be a little harder than you think.

My friend is looking for at least 2, but preferably 4 years work experience. Sounds like you’re still training. So I don’t know how you get in, maybe there is a way, but I don’t know it.

I’d say complete your training, get some work experience and then apply, after all, you are young, you got plenty of time. But I suspect you’re in more of a hurry, so maybe ask the advice of a MARA registered migration agent, they might come up with something.

Good luck Matt!

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Salman April 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hi Bobin my name is salman and iam 26years old idid my graduation in 2005 iam an Indian. I left to E.A (Uganda) and i worked there in a wholesale pharmaceutical company as counter sales man then in its warehouse and then i was transfered in accounts and then i was made as purchasing manager it all happened in 3 years of time and later on i was promoted as a general manager for the company by the way that company had 6 branches all over the countary and i was made as the head of all but due to some personal problems i left the job and came back to India in 2010. Now i would like to know in which critarea i fit to get P.R for Australia from India

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BobinOz April 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hi Salman

What is your actual skill, what qualifications do you have? Is your skill on the skilled occupations list? Search sol in Google to find out more from the Australian Governments website.

Good luck!

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dimitris April 30, 2011 at 4:38 am

hi bobinoz!I am a greek citizen I want to work in Australia my occupation is not in SOL (heavy equipment operator).I intend to come with tourist visa (3 months) and find there a sponsor.Is difficult what do you think?To get sponsored must your occupation listed in SOL?I have read immi but I am confused why make it so difficult everyone want to work and live legal ,with some way goverment push us in illegal ways….(sorry my English knowlege is the basic..)

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BobinOz May 3, 2011 at 12:50 am

Hi dimitris

Unfortunately, if you want to ‘work and live legal’ then you are going to have to go through the correct channels. Taking ‘illegal ways..’ is, well, against the law. Blaming the governement for pushing you in that direction would probably not stand up in court.

I’m afraid you are going to find it very difficult to get a sponsor here. By your own admission, your English is basic and your skill is not on the SOL. I believe there is another list, I think it’s called ENSOL which stands for Employee Nominated Skilled Occupation List. I think to get a sponsor your skill has to be on that list. So I’d look that one up.

Good luck!

Bob

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dimitris May 4, 2011 at 5:27 am

I look the ENSOL but I didn’t find occupations(maybe is somewhere else ).http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2010L03158
Thanks for your intrest my friend Bob!!

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BobinOz May 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Wrong place, you need to go to
http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/#b

Cheers

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dimitris May 5, 2011 at 5:52 am

this is for Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)visa,but I want to apply for Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457) which you didn’t have to be in SOL your occupation.if I understand right…http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/sbs/.why in your opinion is difficult an immigrant to find a sponsor?one reason I have read is that their first choise are Australian workers and if they didn’t find a indigenous then hire an immigrant.I don’t know I am so confused .I want to immigrate in Austalia because here in Greece the future is gonna be bleak….on the other hand I don’t know how difficult is to find a work as heavy equipment operator is easy.I read every day news from Australia and it says that there is a boom in minnings jobs there.
Regards Dimitris

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BobinOz May 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I think I am now as confused as you are Dimitris. Is it hard to get a sponsorship? Depends on the person, the skill, the qualifications, the age, the place……

I think you have the right approach – come over for 3 months and try to land a job – but I couldn’t tell you how hard or easy it will be for you.

You sound determined, give it a shot. I hope it works out for you.

Are you going to head Kalgoorlie ways?

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Jonathan April 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Bob , you are an awesome individual and it seems you respond to everyone with equal respect. i couldn’t however help but notice that most people here are from India, Pakistani and other south Asian countries. My question is how welcoming and accepting the Australian people when it comes to south Asians? i have heard of recent attacks to Indian students out of racist motives. I understand that for a white British or a Canadian it’s not a big change but for a south Asian it can be a big move.
i feel sad that so many south asians such as doctors and engineers are dying to move to Aus or any white country in the world. not necessarly for a better life beause to be a doc or an eng you have to be from a very good fam back home but because they love to brag their friends and fam back home that they are a NR ( non resident Indian or paki) and it gives them a respect of a whiteman in their desi land. it is sad, just for other people’s expectation they are makins such huge move. it is a brain drain and big time loss for the country who invests time and money to those people. but people are free, it’s a free world today and if they think they’ll be happy in aus , or usa or uk, they should move. but a lot of times ihave heard people taking care of old people, driving cabs and working in restaurant with engineering degrees i have met some docs in the usa working in restaurants illegally hoping to do some internship someday. what a waste of time , energy and resources which could’ve have been very wisely utilized in the south asian countries. you ‘ve got nothing to do with this i understand and it seems like you’re a very nice person. but i would like to urge every south asian to consider before moving that you wonm’t be treated as a white citizen of that country you’re moving to. you will always be a foreigner in that country and being a south asian be prepared to meet lots of people who won’t like you and make fun of your accent. your qualifications will not work all the time and be prepared to work menial jobs. being an immigrant is not an easy thing, your children might belong there but you will always be an immigrant. so please think wisely.

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BobinOz May 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

Hi Jonathan

Now, I don’t get called awesome very often, so thank you for that. Yes, I do treat people equally, that is, until I get to know them. Then I decide whether they are good or evil and then treat them accordingly.

I wrote a post is a long while back called Australia – A Nation of Immigrants, it’s worth a read. You will see that, according to the Australian government’s figures, India are sixth in the list of countries whose people migrate here. Sri Lanka are the only other South Asian country in the top 15. So not many actually do get in, not compared with say, China.

So I haven’t seen many South Asians so I can’t really comment on how welcoming, or not, Australians are towards them. It seems they mostly migrate towards Melbourne and it’s from there where many of the stories of racist attacks come from. There was a spate of them last year, it seems to have gone quiet since then. But some cases proved not to be racist at all.

I think we have to accept that racism occurs in virtually all countries across the globe, but fortunately in most countries it comes from the minority. I think it’s the same here in Australia, after all, 5 million out of the 20 million people living here migrated from other countries.

That’s why Australia is a nation of immigrants.

From our point of view though, we don’t know what it’s really like to live in India. Maybe the people of that nation don’t try to come to Australia because it ‘gives them a respect of a whiteman in their desi land’ – maybe they just try to come here for a better life for their family and their children. That’s why I came here.

And you have to remember that someone who is a doctor or an engineer can probably come here and earn, I don’t know, maybe 50 – 100 times more than they could earn back in India. My guess is that many of them send back a good percentage of that money to improve the lives of the members of their families who remained in India.

I’m sure that anyone moving here from another country, whether it be England, China, India, the United States or India, will be well aware of the challenges ahead. And when it comes to accents, none is stranger than mine. But more people took the Mickey out of it in England than they ever have here.

Cheers

Bob

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David May 5, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hi bob,

I’m thinking about going to Australia on a working holiday visa in the hope of finding job sponsorship and emigrating there. I’m 26 and have a qualification in ICT but am not qualified enough to emigrate on a skilled migration. I live in england and have an opportunity move to Sydney to live with my sister who is currently there on a sponsored working visa. I work as a production manager for a large company and have 7 years experience. What do you think my chances are of finding a job with sponsorship?

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BobinOz May 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi David

Like I just said to Dimitris above, is it hard to get a sponsorship? Depends on the person, the skill, the qualifications, the age, the place…….. so I can’t really give you any indication.

Just come out, stay with your sister and put yourself about, knock on doors, maybe get a professional resume, see Red Star banner top right, these things help.

Good luck though, I hope it works out.

Cheers

bob

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Asha May 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

Hi Bob,
I was going through your website. Was wondering to see your reply for each posts. Really you have a good heart. May heavenly father bless you abundantly.am working as a Software Engineer in India , planning to migrate to AUS. Your website helping me a lot to understand about OZ.Am waiting for the new point system to be introduced by July 2011. I hope 5+ yrs of exp in software will help me to get a job.Is it difficult to get job in IT ?. What do yiu say. Which city is having more IT companies ?. Thanks , God Bless.

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BobinOz May 6, 2011 at 1:24 am

Hi Asha

That’s nice, thank you. I could do with some abundance.

You need to read my post about finding a job in Australia. If you search for exactly what it is you do in the three major recruitment agencies I list there, you will soon see how easy (or hard) it is to find a job in IT in Australia.

And the best city? I don’t know, but it really wouldn’t surprise me if it was Sydney. He is the link to the post…

Finding a job in Australia.

Cheers

Bob

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Asha May 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Bob,

My technology is listed in critical skill list , also from seek.com.au, I can see a plentty of jobs for my technology.
My worry is ,Will the recruitment agencies discriminate outsiders like me from india, even If I have PR visa and speak fluent english ?.
I heared that 75 % jobs are reserved for OZ nationalities, is that true ?

Thanks

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BobinOz May 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Never heard of that 75% rule. If your skill is on the critical skill list, you should not be discriminated against. That’s my view.

By the way, it’s nothing to do with the recruitment agencies, you just need to convince an employer to give you a job. Recruitment agencies earn money from those employers for finding you. Why would they not want to help?

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vishal sharma May 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

hii…..
i am vishal sharma.
i am B tech & M Tech in Food technology.
i have near about 4 yr. experience in food processing sector.
is there any chances for me to get a job in aus.

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BobinOz May 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I suspect you do have a chance, not sure how much of one though. Is your skill on the SOL?

You see, as I’m not a MARA registered migration agent, it’s not my job to keep up with the latest developments and skills shortages here in regards to Australian migration.

Please read the post (and even the comments that follow it) and follow the advise given in it. If you do that, you’d realise I cannot possibly assess yours, or anybody’s chances of getting a job in Australia from four sentences about yourself.

Good luck!

Bob

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Dashrath May 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Hi, My Self Dashrath
Working as a SEO
More than 3 year Exp
I want to job in Aus.

If any job in Aus, contact me my id.
dashrathyadav26@gmail.com

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BobinOz May 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Good luck with that Dashrath, but I have seen better resumes.

I will let you keep your email address in the comment but this isn’t a noticeboard for jobs. But from now on, I’d rather people didn’t post their personal contact details, anyone who does will have them removed.

Thanks

Bob

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Victoria May 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

Wow, Bob.

I actually think I heart you…

I’m a student nurse in the UK (I was an Operating Department Practitioner student due to qualify ths year (I believe you call them Anaesthetic Technicians in Aus?) but after emailing what felt like most of the hospitals in Australia regarding sponsorship after I qualified, and ulitimately being told my qualification wasn’t that desirable or recognised, I transferred over to nurse training).

A bit bum, really, as at i’m 38 and running out of time….
However, after reading through your blog, I am so going to buy you a beer when I get there; both funny and informative. Ok, it’ll be in 3 more years or so (after post grad experience) but it’s makng all the hard work seem worth it.

Nice one – keep it up, fella :-)

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BobinOz May 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hi Victoria

I don’t think I’ve ever been hearted before on here, thank you :-)

Glad you are enjoying my blog and sorry to hear about the setback. Bad news for you and I’m not best pleased either, means I have to wait three more years to get that beer!

Anyway, hope you qualify soon and thanks for the kind words.

Cheers

Bob

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Victoria May 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

Just to clarify, I don’t go around just Hearting anybody, you know – I’m not that kind of girl….

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BobinOz May 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Then I am especially chuffed, thanks Victoria. See you in three years.

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kuldeep singh chouhan May 8, 2011 at 1:33 am

hello sir bob
my name is kuldeep singh i obtained diploma in computer hardware networking & maintanance & i pursuing B.A. correspondence from kurukshetra university kurukshetra.(subject hindi english political science history) india i wants to go abroad pls help me for this. i have no regular source of income my parents have no money for my education also . i urg u pls help me.if u give me a chance i will give my best with honestly

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BobinOz May 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hi Kuldeep

Not really much I can do to help you, I do not hand out the visas. It was touch and go whether I’d get in myself :-)

Cheers

Bob

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Gordon May 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Hi all , touching base here again ( have you missed me ? ) ;-)

Asha , there is no 75% rule , Australia has anti discrimination laws which would preclude that anyway , but aside from that we have an aging population and ensuing skills shortage arising , however most of the skills needed are in the real trades , people who can work with their hands and operate machinery , build things etc. and as well as that , some of the sciences , medical , agriculture etc. You don’t actually say what your area of expertise is.

The “soft” jobs like I.T. or business admin etc. are pretty well catered for with an abundance of applicants for each position already.

If your skill is on the critical list and you have no black marks ( criminal history etc ). I would think you should apply if you want to.

To repeat , there is NO 75% rule , not sure where you heard that but it is myth .

Victoria , Hi , keep up the good work and I hope you make it here , following on from my comment to Asha , our aging population also means an upcoming need for aged care and critical care , as well as nurses and doctors . The need is there now and will increase , it remains to be seen if the political will exists to allocate sufficient funds to provide decent health care to the aged in the face of other fiscal challenges brought about by the GFC.

You wouldn’t know this but there have been moves in political circles to close certain regional hospitals , for the life of me I cannot understand the reasoning for that given the increasing population .

A part of me wonders if the aged in the public health care system will be left to die before they have to due to budgetary constraints . Sad thought , I hope i’m wrong about that . There are some things in Australia that were better 20 or 30 years ago .

Anyway , good luck to all , this is still a great place to live , just be aware that like anywhere , we have room for improvement .

Some of you out there may help bring that improvement about , I wish you all well.

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BobinOz May 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I missed you Gordon, you always post good information. It’s just a bit annoying that you’re smarter than me:-)

Cheers

Bob

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Gordon May 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Jeez Bob , I nearly choked on my beer when I read your reply to me :-)

The kudos belong to you , I may not “heart” you but I do admire what you have done and continue to do here , selflessly for others , it bespeaks a good heart in you .

All the best to you and yours , Gordon

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BobinOz May 11, 2011 at 1:33 am

Sorry about the beer thing Gordon, I do hope there was no spillage.

I do genuinely have a blast doing this website, and now it’s quite popular, people want to pay me money for little adverts. So I’m afraid that won’t be so selfless, but I’ll be able to buy me some beer too :-)

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Asha May 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hi,
Thanks for your post.I heared that doctors and nurses have more demand in OZ than any other job.
basically am a software engineer.(programming)
My skills includes .net technologies, C# etc.
So you say that,if my skills are listed in Critical Skills List, provided with fluent english,I will be able to find a job easly?.
Thanks again,

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BobinOz May 10, 2011 at 1:01 am

Hi Asha

No, nobody said that at all. Both Gordon and I have simply said there is no 75% rule like you suggested. What Gordon said was that IT jobs are pretty well catered for already here, that means there is not really a recognised shortage generally in IT. Nowhere did either of us say that you would be able to find a job easily.

But if your skill is on the Critical Skills List, then you certainly have a better chance than if it wasn’t. All you can do is try. And as you say, there are plenty of jobs available on seek for your line of work, all you’ve got to do is go and get one :-)

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Thelma Tobinn May 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Hi

I am writing on behalf of my brother. He is 32 this year and has decided he would like to join me in Australia on a permanent basis. We are Irish citizens. I am on a student visa so therefore I cannot assist him. He is a plasterer by trade with over 12 yrs experience, however he never did an apprenticeship so he doesn’t have his papers. Is there any kind of sponsorship or trade visa he would qualify for given his circumstances? Also is there a cut off age for student visas as he may take this option?

Thanks,
Thelma

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BobinOz May 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hi Thelma

I think he will find it difficult with no recognised qualifications. I can’t suggest anything, maybe he should consult a MARA registered agent just for an initial assessment.

Good luck!

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Gordon May 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Hi all , I’ve just been watching the 2011 -2012 budget speech by our
current federal treasurer , Wayne Swan.

What is relevant to readers of this blog is that 12,000 extra places will be made available under the skilled migration list , as from 1-7-2011.

No doubt that will be selectively applied , but it may well mean that certain skills will get a greater allocation and critical skills in particular will be revised upwards .

As this will potentially affect some of you who read Bobs’ site , here is a link to the budget for the next 12 months – http://www.budget.gov.au/

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BobinOz May 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Gordon is absolutely right, well almost :-) The first announcement I heard suggested 12,000 extra places too, but then today it turns out to be…..

Well, you can read about it on my post called BobinOz’s Probably Wildly Inaccurate Australian Budget Special 2011.

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Heather May 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hi,

I am 22 with a one year old child and I am looking to move over to Australia from Ireland. Can you tell me anyways to get over? I am willing to work at anything!

Thanks!

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BobinOz May 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

All I can suggest Heather, is you head over to the government’s immigration website, you’ll see the link to immi towards the end of the post at the top of this page. Try going through the visa wizard and see what happens. But unless you have a skill that Australia wants or a degree of some sort, I think you are going to find it very difficult.

I hope you find a way for yourself and for your young child. Good luck.

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Hannah May 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm

hello!
just stumbled across this, its fantastic how you’re helping everyone to start new lives in australia!
this may sound strange as we’re very young, but my boyfriend and i are 18 and 19, i will be studying midwifery at university and he will be studying buisness management and finance. we have so so much time to plan a new life in australia, but this should be a huge advantage!! where do we start? what do we do first? would my boyfriend’s degree count him as “skilled”? thanks.

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BobinOz May 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Wow, yes, you are so young you have lots and lots of time. My gut tells me to advise you to stay in Europe a little longer, it’s an amazing continent and there is so much to see. And getting about is so much cheaper these days with those budget airlines. I’d be thinking of visiting at least 10 or more European countries before skipping over to the other side of the world.

And whilst you’re having all these wonderful European holidays, you can be studying and gaining good work experience which will stand you in good stead in getting a permanent residency visa here in Australia. I’m pretty sure the midwifery will be a good one and your boyfriend’s degree will give him extra points. But it won’t count as a skill.

The skills list changes at least every year, so it’s difficult to plan ahead. But if you were married, only one of you would need to qualify and the other one gets a shoo-in. Good luck with your plans.

Cheers

Bob

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Hayden May 13, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hi BobinOz

I’m a student, and i’m currently taking Bachelor . I am curious on one thing. Is my elder brother(a citizen of Australia) able to sponsor me to get my Permanent residency before i graduate ?btw i am studying here already. Would very much appreciate it if you could give me some tips.

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BobinOz May 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

If I’m pretty sure your brother could sponsor you, but that would not get you into Australia, as far as I am aware. Last time I looked, it gave you an extra five points in the points system. That still leaves about another 120 or so to go. But the points that you will need to vary depending on the type of visa you’re going for. And in July of this year the points system will completely change.

But I’m still pretty sure when that happens, you’ll still need much more than your brother to sponsor you to get into Australia.

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josie May 17, 2011 at 3:45 am

Hi Bob,

I’m coming to Aus on a Recognised Graduate Visa (476). I know I can bring my spouse and any children in on the visa too, but do you know if I’m able to have a baby in Australia whilst there on the visa, or would I be ‘asked to leave?!
I would be the main applicant. I can’t find any information on immi.gov.au. Thanks for your help!

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BobinOz May 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Hi Josie

That’s a very interesting question and, as usual, I don’t know the answer. But I would love to know, so if you find out maybe you’d pop back and tell me.

I was tempted to say that I thought it was unlikely you’d be asked to leave, but because of the nature of your visa, won’t it mean you’ll be unable to continue your studies? I think you’ll need to get your answer from “an official” and it would probably be best getting it in writing.

Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

Cheers

Bob

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josie May 19, 2011 at 1:07 am

Hi Bob,

Thanks anyway for the response. I’ll let you know if I find the answer.

The visa is actually for engineering graduates to come and work in Aus, so I wouldn’t be studying there.

Cheers,

Jo

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BobinOz May 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks Josie

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Shashank May 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Hi Bob,
I am 29 Year old from india having 3 years of work experience in indian IT industry, i have never been in australia before, now i want to apply for PR. one of the immigrant agent told me that i am getting 60 points and for pr i need 5 more which can be get by getting australian state sponsorship and it will take around 6 months to get the pr. do you think the agent has given me correct information or is there anything which he didn’t tell me

Thanks,
Shashank

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BobinOz May 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Well, if you are speaking to a MARA registered migration agent, he or she would certainly know more than I do. Providing your agent is MARA registered, they should know what they are talking about.

Good luck

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Shashank May 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Thanks Bob.

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Chamara May 21, 2011 at 3:33 am

Hi bob. Im a Sri Lankan whos still figaring my future out. Im 20 and curuntly doing BCS qualification diploma, Degree in next year. Thing is if I want to become a oz pr, Is the way Im going is right? Will there be eny chance for me with BCS degree? Do I need gov degree( its nightmare to get within 1st 100 in Advanced Lvl exam here). As I see the best place for me is oz.But meybe it will be my dream forever. if this bcs isnt working for oz, I will change my course to enyother proffesion asap.

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BobinOz May 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Can’t really answer that one Chamara, there are just too many factors to take into account when deciding what would be a good way to go.

Apart from anything, the government change the criteria regularly, so what works today may not be any good next year. But I’m pretty sure a diploma isn’t as good as a degree. Have you had a look at the immi site, link in the post? try and find out if your BSC earns you any points there.

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Lisa May 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

Hi

I have been travelling to Perth for the past 5yrs and really want to move there. I have already used the working holiday visa. My boyfriend is already over there and was wondering now how can I get back out there instead of keep going out there on a tourist visa.
I have my aunt and uncle out there would they be able to sponsor me?

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BobinOz May 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The only way I know to get a visa is from the Australian government. Visit the immi site, the link is in the post above, and play around with the visa wizard. Your aunt and uncle can sponsor you, but that will only give you some extra points, it won’t get you in to Australia on its own. But if you go through the wizard, it will tell you if you are likely to qualify or not.

Good luck!

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Tim Adams May 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi Bob,

I am a UK Graduate aged 25. I have a bachelors degree in Motion Graphics & Animation, I have 3 years experience in the animation industry. Animation is under Illustration on the SOL list and offers 50 points. Do you think I have a good chance of getting a Permanent Visa to move here permanently?
Also, do you think if I got the visa granted, how I should go about living there i.e rent a flat/apartment or rent a house with others. And how much money in £’s would you recommend I have before I go?

Thanks, Tim.

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BobinOz May 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Tim, it sounds like you have a very good chance of qualifying for permanent residency here in Australia. You are young, you have a degree and your skill is on the list. I’d get your application in quickly because the skills list could well change in June/July and so will the points allocation. So play around with the visa wizard, see my answer to Lisa above, and if it says you qualify, get in quick.

If you don’t qualify this time, wait till July when it changes.

As for your other questions, I’d bring as much money as you can. But if you are coming here with a full-time job to go to, you won’t need as much as if you are coming here to look for work. As for where to live, that would very much depend on which city you go to. Just look around at what’s available when you get here.

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Tim Adams May 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Should I gain more experience before I go? I was considering doing a Masters in my degree, do you think that would increase the chance of getting in and finding a job?

If I move there I wouldn’t have anything, I would probably work in a supermarket until I found a job in illustration. Is that a good approach?

I’m thinking of going to Adelaide as I’ve heard it has a large UK population and can be quite cheap?

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Gordon May 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hi Tim , correct me if I’m wrong please but it sounds to me that your skills and qualifications are suited to the film industry ??

If that is so , you might want to consider Brisbane / Gold Coast as first destinations , there is an active film industry relationship there with the U.S.

For the life of me I cannot think of the name of the place , but they did some notable films like Lord of the Rings ( I think ) in terms of editing and special effects etc. , I think it might be Warner Bros,
MovieWorld or some such name.

I know quite a lot of of work was done here when our dollar was weaker against the greenback , so things may have changed there.

Australia has a decent film industry of its own regardless , and ( quick bit of history ) actually had a larger film industry than the U.S. in the early part of last century , i.e. early 1900′s.

Tim , ” I would probably work in a supermarket until I found a job in illustration. ”

Really .

Mate , AIM HIGH , when you apply for a job you have to sell yourself , you have to believe in yourself , you also have to tell your potential employer the truth re. experience etc. but you must believe in yourself , which is not always as easy as I made it sound , I know .

Australia needs bright , young people ,especially those with recognised qualifications , industry understands that those fresh out of school will need some time to grow into the job .

Your 3 years experience would probably count more in your favour than a Masters , you can always get your Masters later if you want , here.

If I were you buddy , i’d go for it now , while you’re still young .

You give up nothing , you can retain dual citizenship too.

As far as “U.K. population ” goes , in the early 60′s Australia had a white population which was originally from 40% England , 40% Ireland , I am one of those .

Since that time , many other nationalities have also settled here , quite harmoniously for the most part and have added their cuisine as well as their “personality’” and skills to the wonderful mix that is us today.

We’re all human , after all.

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Tim Adams May 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Thanks for that Gordon! Really useful info,

the LOTR films were filmed and edited in NZ I think, but I can imagine AUS having a good film industry as well.

I have never been to AUS as I’ve been busy getting experience for when I do, but I’m almost certain it’s the place for me, it’s my kind of lifestyle etc. Should I take a holiday there for a couple of weeks first or just go all out? Holiday could be quite expensive which is why I haven’t yet..

-T

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Cazmic February 29, 2012 at 8:08 am

Hi Tim,

Animation/ Multi-media is on the NZ shortage skills list if that helps? The company in question regarding LOTR’s is WETA owned by Peter Jackson. They are based just outside Wellington NZ. Might be worth tapping them up direct through their website.
Hope this helps :-)

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Sunpreet May 29, 2011 at 7:42 am

Hi
Last year i went to Australia as student visa and i was continuing my studies but i got opportunity of good job there and i have submitted the form to change my batch from morning to evening. 1stly they said that u will get the ur preferred timings but when the next semester was about to start they called me an said that preferred timings are not available. That time i was just working bcoz it was not possible for me to go college. And after 5 months of working i came back to india and felt very sick in india. and now it been 4 month m in my home country. Now i am planning to go back to australia. How to save from immigration problems please guide? tell me the better way. its already been more than 6 months i havnt study in australia which is law for student to study.. please help mee. and guide me best

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BobinOz May 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I don’t quite know how to break this to you Sunpreet, but there is no better way. The only place you can get a visa from is through the immigration department. No backdoor and no fast track. Not that I know of anyway. Sorry.

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Maara May 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I had been to Brisbane for 3 month stayed there. I was permanet resident -family sponsor. I seem not work out coz didnt apply the skill of occupation visa before head to australia. I got there and confused. I think came back to n.z to study accounting or other course relate to skill of occupation visa? I think about going back learning about art gilding in surry hill sydney again full time 2 weeks then get a certificate and create income on my own business.

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BobinOz May 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Yes, I’m a bit confused too.

Anyway, hope it works out a bit better for you if you come back and try again.

Cheers

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Gordon May 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Tim , a good choice for you might be to come here on a 6 month working visa , be prepared to do any work at all and travel around the country while you’re doing it , that’ll pay for the trip and you’ll get to muck in and meet all kinds of people , get a suntan and submit a few resumes’ .

I used to own fishing trawlers and employed several “backpackers” from Germany , Canada , even one from Lithuania , ( 20 years ago ) it was not just a great experience for them , it was also very interesting for me , one lovely lady came back 3 times for visits .

We were all young then but I got quite a lot from them and they got to do things which they’d never otherwise do , picking prawns out from crabs and fish , getting stung by sea creatures and cooking on a stovetop where the pots slide around with the waves ! Those were good times for all of us , lots of laughs !

There is always farm work here which at least pays the bills , you get to see the place to some degree , 6 month visa could give you 3 months work , 3 months travelling if you’re frugal.

Doing something like that would be great experience for any young person , there is also a world network called WWoofers ( Willing Workers on organic farms ) where travellers trade labour for lodgings , e.g. 1.5 days labour for a weeks lodging , you can google that if you want .

Life is a like riding a horse , you give it a gee-up and then it’s a combination of you steering and it taking you with it in unplanned directions , it’s a fun ride !

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BobinOz May 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Tim,

Yes, I’m with Gordon on that one too. I would definitely be trying to visit Australia first, to check it out, because who knows whether you’d really like it or not. And the best way to check it out is on work/play visa as Gordon says. Personally, I’d go for 12 months rather than six though. Gives you the chance to have a real adventure, work in a few different environments and get to know Australia.

And while you are here, getting about and having fun, you could also make a semi-serious attempt at finding work and a sponsor in the graphics and animation industry. That would be my plan.

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Lisa June 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

hi
i’m looking into studying children’s care, learning and development. Looking at the skills list i’ve seen child care and teaching. Do you no if doing this would help me get into Perth?

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BobinOz June 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Hi Lisa

In a word, no. Sorry.

I think you would need to find out precisely what qualifications the Australian Government are looking for when they say they want people with “childcare and teaching” skills and make sure those are the qualifications you get. But do be aware that it’s very likely the skills list will change in July of this year and can change every year.

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suzana June 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Hi…i completed my studies.my subject was accounting.i achived post – graduate degree in major subject with accounting.i want to go Australia with my husband.his qualification is same.i want to know how can i achive my goal.what procedure will be appropeate for me?

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BobinOz June 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

You will see many references to the immi website in both the post above and the comments that follow it here. You will also see mention of the Visa Wizard and that’s what you need to do next. As someone very famously said, “I’m off to see the Wizard” and that’s what you need to do.

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simon June 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

hi bob, im in the uk and i work for charles river as a licensed animal technician.ive been doing this job for nearly 5 years.I cant get a transfer over to oz with the company as they only have an office there.so i want to move over to live in oz,but im unsure of what visa i will be able to get.ive looked at the skilled occu list and cant find my trade on there.so i dont now if i can go in on employer sponsered visa as my job is kind of unusual and not widespread.im only 31, so im still young to get over to oz!! i spent a year there in 2005-06 working the harvest trail and i thought this is the country for me.have you got any advice mate?

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Hafiz Khan June 3, 2011 at 12:45 am

Good Day Bob,

I’m from Malaysia, holding a bachelors degree in business, fresh grad, just been working for 2 years, presently, working as a bank officer. After taken the evaluation test, they said I’m not qualified under the employer sponsored programme. Thus I was thinking since there’s lots of jobs in Australia, is it possible if I fly there on a social holiday pass, and while I’m there look for a job and hopefully from just a temp permit, if the employer find my performance sastifying, they’ll probably sponsor me a PR? whats ur take ? thanks

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Frankie Ang June 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Hi Mr BobinOz,

How’s going? I do have a few Questions to ask for your opinion.

I’m 26 years old malaysian chinese and married with upcoming daughter on this 9/6/11. Eventually I only hold O’Level while my wife got her Bachelor Degree in Chemistry (major) in Malaysia. We work in Singapore. While I work as a sales retail executive in wine and cigars, my wife works in property. Is it possible for us to apply PR in Australia through my wife’s qualification.I used to work in New Zealand for a year in New World back in 2007.Will that help? Seeking your opinion sir.

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nasir June 4, 2011 at 4:38 am

this is me nasir i want to wrok and live in australia i have no money for this purpose how i can go there can you tell some guid line about this

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BobinOz June 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Hi Simon, Hafiz, Frankie and nasir

I’ve recently added lots of new pages to this website and I think you’ll find all the information you’ll need on a couple of them. Check out…

Getting a visa and Would I qualify?

Simon, there is also a page about job sponsorships that will interest you and nasir, which ever way you try to get into Australia it is going to cost you money. No money I’m afraid equals no chance. Hafiz, I wouldn’t count on that as a plan, you should also read the page on sponsorships.

Thanks all, I hope you find a way.

Bob

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simon June 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

hi bob, i have been talking with a migration agent and they say its about £3000-3900 for a 475 visa is this true? is it better to use a agent or do it yourself?

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BobinOz June 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

That does appear to be at the high end. Check out my page on MARA migration agents, you’ll see a link there on the government’s recommendations for charges.

Yes, it’s possible to do it yourself and I don’t think it’s that difficult, although I’ve never done it. But do check if those fees include the money you need to pay to the Australian Government because that’s a fair lump on it’s own.

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Owais June 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Dear Bob,
I m from Pakistan and I wish to work in Australia. I have done my masters in Business administration besides master in Economics. Whether by student or as a skilled worker visa i want to come to Australia. can U suggest me the easiest and less expensive way to get there.

Owais Hyder

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BobinOz June 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

There is only one way Owais, and that’s through the Australian government. Have a play around with the visa wizard, you can find out how that works and get to it from my page about visas.

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neeta June 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Hi Bob

My Husband and I both have PR visas for Australia under the skilled Migration category. How long do we need to stay in Oz in order to retain this. I understand that we must remain in Oz for 2 years to maintain the conditions of the our PR but how long can we be out of the country in each year for say holidaying abroad or visiting family back in the UK

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BobinOz June 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Hi neeta

You are right, there are rules around this and you do have to stay here a certain number of days out of the two years to qualify. But as this can change at any time, I would not want to print anything here in case I mislead anyone.

Your best bet is to look at the letter you received from the Australian government when your skilled migration was accepted. It should have details there or if not, a link to their website where you can find out this kind of information.

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Jen June 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Hi I have just stumbled across your website and was hoping you maybe able to offer some advice. I am from England and I spent 2 years in Aus on a working holiday visa which was great and now I am back in the UK, currently studying a 3 year nursing dipolma to become a registered nurse and would love to get a job in australia as a nurse once I have completed my training. How long would I go about getting a nursing job in Australia and how long would I have to wait to apply? would I be able to apply straight away once I have qualified?

thanks for your time, ellen :)

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BobinOz June 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Hi Jen

From what I understand, you will need between two and four years post grad work experience to stand a chance of qualifying for a permanent visa in Australia. Of course, this could change depending on what you major in and whether Australia has a big shortage in that area.

The best way in is probably via job sponsorship, although if you get a degree you could simply apply for permanent residency straight off. But again, things change and a lot could have changed by the time you qualify, so you cannot count on anything. Although you will not get too many better bets than nursing as a way in to Australia.

Good luck.

Cheers

Bob

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Natalie June 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Hi Bob, fab site =)
Just wanted a little insight. Im a student nurse, due to qualify in december. And id love to go to Australia to start new and get a nursing job. My boyfriend works in Admin but its not really on the skilled list. Would we have to be engaged? Or could he come with me and still get a job? i just dont understand.
Thanks =)

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BobinOz July 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Hi Natalie

No, you don’t have to be engaged. You need to be married!

Unless I’m missing something, that’s the way I think it is. I’m pretty sure being engaged just doesn’t cut it, but do feel free to get a second opinion. If you’re not married, your boyfriend will have to apply in his own right.

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Gilbert July 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Hi there

I have a straight forward question. I have been working in a factory as a machine operator for the past two years. I am a full time worker (permanent worker). Is there any chance that I can get PR on that ground? My earlier qualification and exerience does not match with what I am doing now. My question seems to be too vague but I just want to know — does my permanent work count to apply for PR in australia? The job is not in occuaption list I guess.

Gilbert

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BobinOz July 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

There is no such thing as a straightforward question when it comes to getting a visa for Australia, but I will try and give you a straightforward answer. No, I don’t think there is any chance you will get PR on the basis of what you’ve told me.

But don’t take my word for it, pop over to my page about visas and have a play with the governments visa wizard.

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mario July 2, 2011 at 1:05 am

I am a qualified welder with 24 yrs experience in my trade welding. I am interested in working in Australia in regional or urban Australia. The fact is that I am 48 yrs old and hence I can only get a visa if I am sponsored. Please do help me get a sponsorer . I did have a visa 457, but it was later canceled by the immi govt as I had returned to India as my wife was unwell and hence overstayed. Hence please do help me get a sponsor who can get me a job in Australia.Even in the mines will do.

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BobinOz July 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Hi Mario

Helping people to get sponsorship is not what I do. But if it helps, I believe the upper age limit has now been changed to 50, so if you get in quick you can apply without sponsorship. But sponsorship may still be your quickest option, so why not check out my page on finding a job sponsorship in Australia.

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Mark July 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi there,

I’m 27 and looking at having a bit of a career/life style change. I’m currently self-employed carrying out energy servey’s on houses that come up for sale or rent (EPC’s). Not sure you guys have them or not.

Anyway I’m looking at re-training as a tree surgeon but by the time i’m qualified and have some experiance behind me I think I’ll be over the age of 30.

Whats the best way of getting a permanent visa, I’m guessing it will be sponsorship from an Australian company? Can they still sponsor me if “Tree Surgeon” ISN’T on the skills list?

Many thanks,

Mark

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BobinOz July 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Nothing wrong with over 30 :-)

I think you will find it very difficult to get sponsorship if your skill isn’t on the list. You may, unfortunately, have to train and get experience in something that is on the list to maximise your chances.

Check out my video on getting a visa and also my page on sponsorships.

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vijay kumar mann July 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Guys,

I am vijay here in AU on 456 visa till 2012 may. i have tried
appling but mostaly they require people with PR here.
Can you guide me how to get the work visa and sponsors still
i am still here would be easy for me to reach employers.
Pls provide me some gud suggestions to help me out.
I am having 4+ years experience in dot net technologies
asp.net,C#m,sql server etc.
vijay

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BobinOz July 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

You can check out some of my pages that might help, click on the Migration Advice link in the top menu.

Good luck.

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Anton July 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Wow, I just read this whole thread looking for an answer to my visa question- you really provide a lot of help for people, hats off to you, Bob.

I’m guessing you won’t know the answer to my question, but perhaps you could shed some light on it. My wife and I would like to go to Australia on working holiday visas, but we wouldn’t be eligible if we went together because we have a four year old. I had the thought that just one of us could apply for the WHV (say, me). That way, I wouldn’t technically be bringing a dependent child with me- my wife would be bringing him on a regular holiday visa. It would at least get us in the country, I could get legal work, and she could look for a way to work legally i.e., through sponsorship (she is an acupuncturist/massage therapist). You might consider this “gaming the system”, but it seems like the only way we could get a foot in the door and really experience the country for the first time, so to speak. We don’t have enough money to travel for that long on a tourist visa; we’d need to work to support ourselves.

Peace~

Anton

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BobinOz July 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi Anton

You’re absolutely right, I don’t know the answer to your question. It does all sound a bit dodgy, in England we’d call it ducking and diving. I’m pretty sure you could land yourself in hot water somewhere along the line, but I’m not sure where.

But as you’ve read this entire thread, you do know that I say “I don’t know” quite a lot. And I don’t know.

But good luck and I hope you find a way to (legally) get into Australia.

Cheers!

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Anton July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thanks, Bob.

I’m about to do go duck and dive now in the ocean (going surfing). And I guess I don’t really mind if I don’t make it to Australia- am kind of on the fence about it anyway.

Loved your video getting people to subscribe to your “Twenty Reasons…”, however. It actually worked and made me subscribe!

Peace~

Anton

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BobinOz July 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Hehe, thanks Anton, and peace to you too. Whatever you decide, I hope it works out well. And if you stay where you are, at least you’ve got a bit of surfing nearby.

Cheers

Bob

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bharat July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Hi Bob,

This is Bharat from India.I am from a middle class family and i have a diploma of Aviation,Hospitality& Travel. i want to go Australia and wants to work there.Please help me because i don’t have any idea regarding the steps.Pls guide me if there is future in this industry or not?

Waitng for your positive reply

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BobinOz July 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I’m afraid I have no idea! You will need to check out my pages under the link that says Migration Advice. Check out the sub pages about visas, qualifying and sponsorships.

Good luck!

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Jessica July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi
I am a working 20 year old living in perth. I migrated here with the help of my father and my step mum when i was 14. I wanted to know if there is any way to get my mother over here, she is 48 and lives in Bahrain, she doesnt have any qualifications but she has worked in real estate and is currently in marketing. Any suggestions?

Thanks

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BobinOz July 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hi Jessica

There is another type of visa for parents whose children live here in Australia. There are criteria that have to be met and this criteria may well change. So rather than explain here, I suggest you take a look at my page called Visas, you will see the link underneath the Migration Advice link in the top navigation bar.

Watch my video and then have a go at the Visa Wizard yourself, answering the questions as if you were your mum.

I hope it works out.

Cheers

Bob

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Saqib July 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hi,
I am from Pakistan and i want to go to Australia on student visa, please tell me the cheapest college in Melbourne, i assessed my visa application at level 4(VET), what kind of rating is level 4 and also tell me the status of jobs or labor jobs in Melbourne.

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BobinOz July 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Saqib

Sorry mate, that’s not what I do here, research. Have you tried Google?

Bob

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Saqib July 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Thank you bob

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danish July 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

hello sir…i have australian visa but i will be going after 25 days and my course is diploma of bussiness mangement can u plz tell me how i get pr. in australia and what the requirements and my uncle and aunt is australian citizen

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BobinOz August 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hi Danish

Check out my page about chances of qualifying.

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tanu August 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

hi
bob
i am tanu and i have completed my b-pharma from India in 2009.i have exp of 2yrs now i want apply for p.r. in Australia.i would like to know about the scope of pharmacy in Australia.

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BobinOz August 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hi tanu

Usually I don’t know the answer to the question. This time, I don’t understand the question :-) but if I did, I’m sure I still wouldn’t know the answer.

Sorry.

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Chris August 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Hi Bob

I’d also like to thank you for taking the time to offer advice to so many people, I’m sure it’s greatly appreciated.

I’m in QLD on holiday and would really like to move here from the UK. My father’s building a house but is struggling with a visa due to his age (58). I’d like to be able to help him and am lead to believe that if I get a working visa he would be able to move here permanently?

As a Fitness Manager/Personal Trainer I have a lot of competition in the field and so am wondering about the possibility of joining the Armed Forces in Townsville, any idea whether they take brits?

Thanks in advance.

Chris

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BobinOz August 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Hi Chris

Thanks for that, I try to help a can, but none of my advice is guaranteed to :-)

There is a visa for parents where the majority of their children are resident in Australia, so your father “may” qualify on that one, but there will be other considerations before he would qualify for a visa. Check out my page called visas under the main heading above Migration Advice and have a look through the Visa Wizard video.

As far as I’m aware, to join the Australian Army you do have to be an Australian citizen, but whether that applies to a fitness instructor who would not go into battle as it were, I don’t know.

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shipra August 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

Hi Bob
I am bachelors from India and done my communtity welfare and work services.My communication skills are good but i dont know whether this diploma will help me to file Tr or Pr.. i came here with my family having a little kid but somehow I am going through a bad phase , i need to settle down here ,i cant go back to India because i came here to settle up my career and was tortured by my Inlaws .i dont have any option and much money with me …please suggest me the best

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BobinOz August 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Hi shipra

Google ‘Immigration Advice & Rights Centre Inc’ – I can’t help you with that one, but maybe they can. They are a not for profit registered charity. Good luck!

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elango prince August 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I have come to Melbourne on a 475 visa. I want to go back to india for a holiday can i return back on the same visa it expires in 2014. What happens if i am not able to provide one year of work before the expiry of the visa since getting a job is very difficult as i do not have local experience

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BobinOz August 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Can’t really help you on that one prince, see my page about questions on visas.

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shipra August 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Hi BobinOz

Thanks a lot for replying.Is there any other trade course or any other option to get a stay in Australia.I dont want to spend money on paying fees for the courses. i just want if at last i will not left with any option the which is the best short course to go for Pr or Tr after completion of that course…

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BobinOz August 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’m not sure there is any such course, there is no fast track into Australia. Otherwise, I suspect, somebody would have mentioned it here in this thread.

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shipra August 11, 2011 at 12:23 am

Okk Bobin
Do you think they are going to make the rules a little easy to get a PR in future?
I am facing domestic violence which i have not complaint yet because i am waiting to get myself settled in anyway in Australia.I cant think about going back otherwise Life will be like hell in my country by the people around me..Dont know what to chose further… :(

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BobinOz August 13, 2011 at 12:15 am

I have no idea what the government will do in the future. Did you talk to Immigration Advice & Rights Centre Inc?

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Lyds August 12, 2011 at 1:45 am

I’m a secondary school teacher with 2 yrs experience in Ireland.I am coming to Australia on a WHV.I was going to register with the VIT and try to get some experience teaching in Aus but am wondering is there much chance of getting sponsored as a teacher?

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BobinOz August 13, 2011 at 12:16 am

I would think it is possible, check out my page on sponsorships.

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Habeeb August 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Hi,
I am Habeeb Working in Melbourne in IT software for the past 2.5 yrs on a sponsored VISA(457). I just want to know is there any difference if I apply for a PR or I made my sponsoring company to apply PR for me. I want to know the difference in processing time and documents to submit.
Rgrds

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BobinOz August 13, 2011 at 12:19 am

No, I don’t know. But if you’re employer is offering to do all the paperwork for you, sounds good to me.

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Habeeb August 13, 2011 at 12:44 am

Thanks Bobin

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Will August 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hi Bob,

Great website! And thank you on behalf of so many, as it appears you have worked tirelessly to help people understand the complexities of Australian immigration.

My question is a simple one, I’m at a stage shortly, where I can apply for a de facto visa; in your experience, is it worth using an immigration lawyer for this purpose? Obviously, it will be an added expense, but if they can improve the ‘time-frame’ it would be a cost I would happily wear.

Thank you in advance for your response.
Kind regards

Will from Guernsey, UK

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BobinOz August 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Hi Will

Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated.

As for your question, it won’t surprise you to know that I have never applied for a de facto visa, so don’t really have any experience I can call upon. But I think the process will be just the same as any other kind of visa and in my view, engaging the services of an immigration lawyer will not do anything to improve the timeframe.

As far as I’m aware, an application is an application from wherever it comes. It sits in a queue irrespective. Lawyers, migration agents and the like do not speed up that process, but they do ensure (hopefully) that the paperwork is completed correctly so as not to cause any delays.

If you are comfortable completing the paperwork and providing the documentation requested, you probably don’t need to pay for a lawyer.

That’s only my opinion, of course.

Good luck!

Bob

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Mirza August 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Hi Bob,

I came to Australia on student visa, done my degree and now I have PR. Can I sponsor my biological sister (who is divorced) here with her 3 kids. if yes, how much time this process will take?

please help!

mirza

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BobinOz August 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Not sure if you can or can’t, but even if you can, there’s no guarantee that your sister will still qualify.

Check out my page on getting a visa.

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Suraj August 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hi Bob!

I am interested in doing my masters from Sydney. I have done my Bachelors in Information technology with 67.50%. I don’t have any work experience.

My sister and brother-in-law stays in Sydney. She holds PR.
He has got citizenship.

Is there any way by which he/she can Sponsor without me being taking a STUDENT VISA?
that means i would skip the STUDENT VISA part would directly get PR.

If yes, can you give me a website link which can give me detail information.
If you need some more information, please let me know.
Thank you,
Regards,
Suraj.

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BobinOz August 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I have no idea, but this is the website link you need, it’s my page on getting a visa.

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yalda August 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Hi there my name is yalda im 21 years old and im studying architecture in university but i dont like my major and i wanna study tv and directing in other countries like austrlia i dont know how to start and what licenses do i need for this can you help me?

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BobinOz August 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I have no idea Yalda, sorry.

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Rob Williams August 22, 2011 at 2:40 am

Hi there.

I have recently come back from Australia after spending 12 months on a working visa there. Whilst working for someone they offered to sponsor me working in fisheries (which I have a degree in) and 1 years full time work experience.

Would it be possible to gain sponsorship through this person do you think as the business he would give me a job in has not yet begun and will be set up over the next year or two.

Regards, Rob.

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BobinOz August 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Yes, it’s possible, but I couldn’t possibly know for sure. Maybe you should seek sponsorship from someone who’s busines is already up and running, if you are in a hurry?

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Rob Williams August 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hi Bob.

Thanks for your reply.

Great site, must take a lot of work but good on ya!

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BobinOz August 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Rob, and yes it does, more and more. But it’s worth it.

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Manuel Emilio Arias August 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

Hello,

My name is manuel emilio and I’m from Dominican Republic, I’d like to work in australia, I’m a networking administrator and a networking instructor certified, I want to know how can I get a work contract to work there and if are possibilities to me to get work there.

I’ve 2 years of experience.

Thanks, I hope for you answer (y)

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BobinOz August 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Check out my page on sponsorships., the link is under Migration Advice at the top.

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Paul H August 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Hi Bob

Great website….very helpful and insightful….I am a 37 yr old office supervisor and would love to move Australia, I have had a look at the skilled workers list and really don’t see where i fit into this :( , myself and my partner are looking at PR in OZ and really would like to move over, Lifestyle, weather friends relatives its all there. My partner is on the SWL (childcare and primary teacher) and can be sponsored by her sister and husband who are Australian citizens, I wonder would this enable me and our 2yr old Daughter to move also? I am English and my partner is Irish don’t know if this makes any difference. Thanks Paul

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BobinOz August 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

Hi Paul

Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated. If your partner qualifies it is possible you will too. If you are married, then yes, definitely both you and your daughter will qualify, assuming nothing else gets in the way like health issues or a criminal record.

But if you’re not married, I’m not sure. I used to think you had to be married, but someone else has suggested that partners are good enough for New Zealand, so maybe here? I honestly don’t know. Maybe someone else might swing by who does.

If not, perhaps it’s time to get on one knee? I’m thinking out loud, sorry :-)

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Paul H August 30, 2011 at 2:01 am

Hey Bob

One knee….im 37 i might not get back up again :)…. i had a quick read and i believe as long as we can prove a relationship for over 1 year ( 2 year old daughter should be suffice ?) plus lots of bills and stuff, we should be fine, health is ok for both of us no bad medical conditions so maybe, just maybe i might see you out there, thanks for the reply im sure i will be back psoting again soon

Thanks

paul

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BobinOz August 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Well that’s great news. Good luck Paul and I hope it all works out. Hope to see you here soon.

Cheers

Bob

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Morwenna September 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

I travelled Australia 10 years ago on a working holiday visa. I am now 33 and want to go back for another year with the possiblility of applying for permanent residency. My sister lives in WA with her family and she is a Nurse. Can I even apply for a 2nd working visa, more so, can I ‘at my age?’ I am planning on doing some form of training, either a TEFL qualification or Superyacht Crewmanship before even attempting applying for anything. Am I wasting my time dreaming?

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BobinOz September 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I believe you only ever get one go at the working holiday visa and I also believe you need to be under the age of 30, as it says in the article. But don’t take my word for it, I’m not a migration agent. Check out my page on visas.

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thanny September 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Hi. I’m a registered nurse in the Philippines and I’m planning to study in Australia. I’ve read useful information from this blog: http://pedrokomentaryo-kapihan.blogspot.com/2010/03/student-visa-story-in-australia.html#comment-form and I have a handful of questions in mind. Can I apply for student visa online? If yes, where should I go, DIAC, IDP? I’m still very confused about the information in the net. Would it be more advisable if I go to the nearest IDP center from our place (coz I’ve read that a consultant will be available to help you in processing) ? Another thing, I’ve already passed the IELTS exam without a grade lower than 7 in each category, however, it’s a General Training Test. Do I need to take the IELTS test again using the Academic Training when it comes to student visa application?
I hope you could help. Thank you and Godbless.

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BobinOz September 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I have no idea, did you read my comment policy?

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Pradeep September 5, 2011 at 3:05 am

Hi,

This is Pradeep.I am a mobile application developer and i have 4+ years of experience.I am looking for PR in austarlia.

Could you please let us know the probability of getting PR in australia?

Regards,
Ram

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manushi September 5, 2011 at 3:54 am

Respected sir,
I have been teaching social studies in one of the reputed schools of New Delhi.I have completed masters in political science and also Bachelors in Education. Please provide me guidance regarding the following cases:-
1.teaching at present is in the SOL,however if i take up a certificate course, related to teaching ,of a small duration in Australia and then apply for the job there then will it be a feasible option, because i feel that one should have some basic knowledge regarding the education system there.
2.what process should i follow step wise- directly start the process or first hunt for a job or go for a study program first ,because i really don’t want to waste any time in the process.
3.in my country the consulting firm is charging high for the process,because they will cross check every aspect related to my process what should i do?.should i directly apply myself for the process or should i hire a lawyer/firm from Australia for the process.
please do help me out.
thank you.
regards.

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BobinOz September 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Pradeep, manushi, see my reply to thanny, it’s right there above your comments.

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amisha regmi September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

hello
i m a nurse in Nepal,passed bsc.nursing from Nepal and and i have been working as a nursing instructor in one of the reputed university in Nepal .i want to get the PR in your country,please help me

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BobinOz September 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I have answered you below.

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Darren & V September 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Hi, me Darren and my partner V both want to move to Oz and start work ASAP, but were struggling to find a way in! I’m 28, she’s 21 and we have enough cash to get flights and temp accommodation, but will need work ASAP – Any ideas?

We both want this very much, new life, new dreams!

I have been working as an Area Coordinator for 6+ years with Property Maintenance, now working as an Operations Manager for a Glass company, dealing with double glazing and special glass, walk on, table tops etc.

My partner V works for a book company which has a sister company in Sydney (which she has approached already but with no joy).

My head hurts from researching so much – I need someone’s help! Please.. I don’t want the UK lifestyle anymore!

Darren & V

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BobinOz September 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

amisha regmi, Darren & V.

I’m afraid there is nothing I can do to help any of you. There is only one way into Australia and that is with a visa, issued by the Australian Government. Please visit my page called visas, it’s the first link in the drop-down when you hover over Migration Advice in the main navigation menu across the top of the page.

Then make sure you visit the link I suggest there and play around with the Visa Wizard. It will tell you if you have a chance of getting in or not. It’s only the beginning of a long process, but it is the only way.

In the article I have suggested six ways, decide which best fits you and then see if you can possibly qualify somehow according to the Visa Wizard.

Good luck to each of you

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manushi September 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Respected sir ,
Hope you have a great day.Thank you for the prompt reply to my query.I just want to take a piece of advice from you – what sequence do you think that i should follow – should i look for a job first and obtain a job letter then i should apply for the immigration process or should i first apply and simultaneously look for a job.Your advice will be a big help for me.
Thank you.
Regards.

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BobinOz September 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

If you get a job first with a letter, and by that I assume you mean you get a job sponsorship, that would probably be the quickest and most cost-effective way. But you will have to work for that employer for probably two years.

If you apply direct for immigration that will probably take longer, but you can work for whoever you choose to work for when you get here.

I hope that helps you decide.

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Mellisa Cloete September 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Hi there,

I’m from Durban, South Africa.

My husbands trade is on the SOL and ENSOL lists but we need some serious advise. We do not have thousands of rands to pay mirgration agents and then on top if it all to be pushed from one to the other.

What I’m trying to find out is whether or not we would stand a good chance. We are still in our 30′s and any info regarding the above would be great. We’ve always had our sights set on Australia but it’s very difficult as we have no one there and not really sure where to even start.

Any advice would be great

Thanks

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BobinOz September 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm

All that simple start by visiting my page about getting a visa, you’ll find the link underneath Migration Advice in the top navigation menu. Go through the visa wizard as explained and if you get enough points, you are in with a chance.

And you don’t have to use a migration agent if you don’t want to, you can fill out the paperwork yourself.

Just do it, as they say.

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ANIL KUMAR September 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Dear BobinOz,

Good Afternoon,

My self Anil from Delhi, Sir I have 2 years work permit of Sydney Australia, I want to know that is any possibility if i want to settle in Sydney then whats the process for PR. I join the job near by 25th october 2011.

Please reply me I have apply PR after two year or starting the job in Sydney.

Please reply me as soon as possible.

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Ryan September 12, 2011 at 12:20 am

Good day Boob,

My name is Ryan , I’m from united Arab Emirate. I accomplished a master degree in finance and international business from the university of Sydney and lived in Sydney for 3 years from 2008 until January 20011 on a student visa.

Anyhow, during my last 2 years in australia I’v been in a relationship with an Australian woman, and before I leave Australia we agreed to marry after one year and move to Dubai. The current situation is that I already have a good job in Dubai with a very good salary. I asked her to come and live with me but unfortunately she didn’t like it here and changed her mind, now she wants to sponsor me for a temporary fiancée visa to arrange for our wedding in Australia and live there.

I did many researches regarding that type of visa, it states that you have to marry your fiancée within 9 month of issuing the visa, then change it to spouse or partner visa , such a visa will allow you to work in Australia .

what am worried about is the likelihood of finding a proper job in my field. Because I heard that Australian employers prefer either Australian citizen or PR and don’t like to hire someone who has a visa like that even though it give you the right to do so. I would like you to clarify to which extend is that true, because am reluctant of leaving my job and butting myself into risky situation of not finding a job suits my skills and certificates.

Please reply me when you have time, I would appreciate ur response

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Alessandro September 12, 2011 at 5:09 am

Hello,
I don’t want to sound very selfish, but I have got to ask:
my best friend and I want to buy a business in Australia and we do have 300K aud together.
The business will employ more than 3 australian citizens, but the visa with the lowest money threshold is sub-class 163 that requires at least assets for 500K. Anybody knows if that amount has to be strictly followed or there can be exceptions?? and 500K is for one or can be for 2 people.

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Anya September 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Hi Bob,

I’m an Architect from India with a total work experience of 4.5yrs. I’m looking to migrate to Australia to secure a better future for my child. I assume that is easier than looking for a job in Australia, sitting here in India. I don’t have sufficient information to start with, like for example:

1. What module of IELTS do I register for (Academic/General)
2. How much money is involved to secure an Australian PR?
3. Do I need a consultant to go about with the whole thing?

I hope you’d be able to give me an initial guidance…
Thanking you,
Anya

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BobinOz September 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Anil, Alessandro and Anya, I have no idea, maybe somebody else does?

Ryan, yes, I have heard that some people on temporary residency visas have had a problem securing a job. But as you are in a position to explain to prospective employers that you intend to marry within nine months which will secure you PR, you may be able to overcome that problem.

Has anyone else had any experience of this?

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Ashley September 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Hi Bob,
Love your site!
I have a question regarding owning a business in Oz.
I lived in Oz for a year and come home to study a BSc degree, since then I have now 4 companies.
I would like to return to Oz and own a business there.
I’m 42 and my partner is 49, both from UK.
I just dont know what my best way at getting a visa is or the visa for me?
What visa I need to have to buy a business?
Im coming over on a research trip and see a business that I think is a good opportunity, what would be the best way forward?
Look forward to hearing from you!!!!

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BobinOz September 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hi Ashley

Can’t really help you with that, I’m afraid. That’s a bit of a specialist area. But I would imagine what you need is the “Business People” visa as listed in the six ways above. I suggest you visit my page called “Visas”, you’ll find the link under the Migration Advice in the main navigation menu above.

I think as you go through the visa wizard, you’ll probably want to select something like “to start a business” for your reason for coming to Australia.

Good luck!

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Stefan September 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

To whom it may concern

I currently have a 26 year old cousin living in the Balkans who has always dreamed of coming into Australia, as a tourist and if possible later on in the future he would like to be a permanent working resident. However he has no secured job, currently is not attending school or has finished a schooling higher than secondary school, no assets to his name and is also single which makes it hard for him to come even on a tourist visa which he has previously applied for once before and was rejected due to those reasons. After considering all of these I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be hard for him to come but not impossible. So I was hoping to recieve some help and adive on how my family and I can bring him into the country. If he applies for a Sponsored Family Visitor Visa will it gaurente him 100% on coming into Australia or is it more complicated than that?

He also speaks very good english although his writing (spelling and grammar) is what is stopping him from passing the English test to gain a student visa. He is also intending to start a 4 month intense course on carpentry this October to recieve a certificate to increase his chances of recieving any type of visa, however some people believe it may be a waste of time and he is better off finding a job or studying better English. Is this true?

Kind regards,
Stefan

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immy September 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Hi! Bobin,

this is my first time writing this blog. I have read almost half of your blogs, and I think you are doing a great job in Calming peoples mind, and untangling their tangled thoughts. thank you.
Now i come to my question.
i’m a 38 year old business man, with high school degree only. working in a mineral processing business for the last 10 years. it is small business not much to apply as a investor base.
my wife is a Dentist from Pakistan. She graduated in 2007, did her house job in 2008, and working at a hospital since october 2008. that’s 3 years of work experince. Now Can you or anybody else tell me what is the best way to go getting a australian nationality. I’m open to anything. 1. do further study for 2 years then apply for pr. 2. apply directly from pakistan for PR. 3. anything else u can advise from your experiences.

p.s. one of the agent told me to do one year of dimploma in dental technician and another year in business management, then you are alegible to apply for pr. (is this as simple as that)
another agent told me to do one year of diploma in nursing, (she is willing to do nursing) then one year diplome in business management, then apply for pr.
Ofcourse I’ll go with her, my brother can handle our business.
Thank you for your kind help. if you can email me the answer appreciated.

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Karen September 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Hi Bob

Glad to find your helpful blog ! I got a question. Im on a student visa and still have 2 more years to finish my course but nearly gonna give up soon because of the stress and sleepless nights caused by my assessments lol ! now my question is my husband is here with me in NT and working as a grocery assistant at Woolies, they want him to work fulltime for them but he can’t due to working restrictions. Is it possible for him to get employer sponsored visa even if his skill is not on the skilled list as long as the company is willing to give him sponsorship ?

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BobinOz September 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Stefan, immy and Karen,

I have stated so many times that I can’t answer these kinds of questions here on this blog. I even say in this post, but still I am asked.

So no, I can’t help you. All I would say to Karen know is, I doubt it. For a company to sponsor someone they need to convince the authorities that they cannot find an Australian capable of performing the task.

I’d be surprised if Woolies even attempt to try and pull that one off.

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Srinivas September 25, 2011 at 1:48 am

Hi Bob,
I have Austrialian PR and currently working in India as IT Project Manager for an MNC. When i apply jobs through seek.au, i am not getting any positive responses from recruiters. Does australian recruiters does not consider people staying in overseas? If i come for 1-2 months to Australia, will we be able to get jobs? Any staffing agencies help?

Regards,
Srinivas

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BobinOz September 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Unless there is a massive shortage of workers in your line of business, then yes, I think you will struggle to secure employment from abroad. I’m not even sure coming here for a couple of months will help too much, I think employers like to know someone is here and here to stay.

But I’m only guessing, I’ve never tried to do what you are trying to do.

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Dottianne September 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

If you have proven experience running a business and want to migrate to AU
BUSINESS VISA: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/
EASIEST WAY: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/163/
If you get state sponsorship they can and usually will ‘make an exception’ on your age if you are over 50. PLUS MONEY TALKS if your proposed business (value of bus.) ends up near a million dollars (not hard to present on paper) AND you are adding to the prosperity of a RURAL area, AND hiring AUSTRALIANS you are pretty much IN. VISA is good for 4 years, in three you show you’ve done great and apply for PR VISA.
During a 6 week visit we explored rural areas and talked to town councils about what businesses they needed then talked to state agency on the same topic, then came up with plan and presented it to the state for sponsorship which was immediately received with exception on our ages OVER 55.
You can also approach them about purchasing an existing business. Just a bit of work and if you can’t navigate the simplicity of the immigration websites and don’t want to spend time researching and getting this information yourselves maybe you shouldn’t migrate. There is always a MARA agent IF you can’t do it yourself. Found all this by myself WITHOUT bugging Bob!! : )

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BobinOz September 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Well done Dottianne! And not “bugging” me was a good idea, because I would have probably said you’ve got no chance LOL!

You have clearly worked hard at trying to get your visa for Australia, and the truth is getting a visa for Australia IS hard. It was hard for me and Mrs BobinOz, it took a lot of work and time. But anyone who does want to migrate has to do the work.

You have given us some good tips here and you’re a great example of someone who has made things happen by working at it.

Cheers!

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Dottianne September 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

You’re welcome Bob! If you want anything in this life you have to work for it and some things are worth the extra effort. Sitting around whining and making excuses or relying only on others will not get you to your goals generally. Cheers to all who are not afraid of a little work or hardship to get to their dreams!
This is what got the U.S. in such a fix right now…too many handouts and not enough work ethic, that and sending the jobs for people who want to work to China, Mexico, and Canada!! Got my VISA now can’t sell my house and nobody is working over here and those that are have their choice of millions of bank owned foreclosed homes to choose from. We’ll get over there though by hook or by crook…eventually.

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BobinOz September 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

America isn’t the only place with those kind of problems. Anyway, I hope you get to sell your house, well, I know you will, even though the US is struggling.

Tassie is waiting for you!

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Tee Man September 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Hey Bob…. Great Job you’re doing here. I’m a doctor and would like to move to australia someday in the Long future. Probably in the regional areas as Rural medicine appeals most to me. So how long do you think australia is gonna be needing doctors? How long has this shortage been on for? thanks alot

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BobinOz September 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hi Tee

That’s a tough one, I don’t know. I suspect there will always be a shortage in rural areas, but obviously I can’t guarantee it.

Why not come now? No time like the present.

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Benny September 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

Hey Bob,
My name is Benny and i currently live in Texas, and i say Texas because i am slightly ashamed to be from the United States due to their childish “government” and socialist agenda. I am currently a Geography Student and im in my Senior year at my University. After hearing about (which we already assumed personally) that our government is selling guns to our neighboring country – Mexico’s drug cartels, i truly don’t feel safe in this country anymore. My first question would be, is it even worth me trying to go over there or are Americans hated over there just like everywhere else. And Secondly, would i have some sort of shot (in your opinion) of being accepted and finding a job even if i was willing to work for less than what my college degree is worth? I have recently grown up and realized that our country (which is maybe armed , but stupid) is not safer than some areas in this world. An honest opinion would be greatly appreciated and i would not send you hate mail if you said American’s can piss off because unfortunately i understand we are hated because of our greedy, selfish, and imperialistic ways. But i am truly considering leaving everything i have behind and starting life in a new, more secure place. Any info or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time and i commend your hard work at answering so many peoples questions.

Benny

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BobinOz September 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hi Benny

You clearly have a big downer on your country at the moment, and perhaps it’s justified, who knows? I know things aren’t so great at the moment in the US, but they aren’t the only country struggling right now.

And they are also not the only country to do dodgy deals for profit. Selling guns to the enemy goes on all around the world. I guess that’s just the way things are.

But what you want to know is, would you be hated if you came to Australia just because you are an American? Would it be worth you coming here at all?

I wrote a post ages ago called Australia – A Nation of Immigrants, because that’s what this country is. A quarter of our population were born outside Australia. Australians can’t hate all them and they don’t. Mostly, Australians embrace people who come to this country. Americans are no different, as far as I’m aware. Trust me, you will not automatically be hated.

The trick to settling into Australia is to love Australia, want to be Australian, mix with Australians and act like an Australian. In two months time I will have lived here for four years and the first thing I’m going to do is apply for Australian citizenship. Then I will be an Australian. If you come here and live here for four years, you could probably do the same and then you’d be an Australian.

Australians will not judging by where you have come from, they’ll judging by how you are when you get here.

But I’m not an American as you know. Not too many Americans make the move here compared to other nations either. So I want to ask Americans who have come here what they think? Are Americans accepted here in Australia?

Calling all Americans, BobinOz (and Benny) needs you!

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Julie October 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I am an American who lived in Melbourne from ’97-’99 (with my husband and 2 kids). We moved to AU from Texas, and the kids went to AU schools. At no point did we feel unwelcome in AU. In fact, my kids are STILL FRIENDS with their AU classmates all these years later. Fast forward to July 2010, and my husband and I moved to Queensland for what was supposed to be a 3-year job assignment. Things have changed, and he is about to move on to Papua New Guinea while I head back to TX until he can officially retire (in 1-1/2 years), but what I can tell you is NEVER in the last 14 months have I felt hated. I did have one AU taxi driver tell me “Americans need to stop being the world’s police,” but that’s the one and only time someone gave me a lecture when they should have kept their mouth shut…since he had me as a captive audience in the back seat of his taxi and there was no escaping. I think one thing to remember is no matter where you live (outside of America), you will probably find that you suddenly miss A LOT about America, and you WILL GET HOMESICK and you WILL FEEL PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. Living in Australia…what people don’t realize—there are many adjustments. Americans in particular are CLUELESS about the day-to-day grind of actually LIVING in a FOREIGN COUNTRY versus being a tourist. I am speaking from experience, as we also lived in Scotland for 2 years and Norway for 5 years. Just some things to consider. Oh and Bob is correct. You will need to make an effort to make AU friends, embrace the AU lifestyle, etc. Unlike Texas, your AU neighbor probably won’t be bringing over brownies when you move next door. That’s the TEXAS way. In AU, you really need to put yourself out there and MAKE THE EFFORT IN AU! One final note: God bless America!

PS: I just remembered. The Taxi driver told me he moved here from GREECE. (The one who told me “Americans need to stop being the world’s police.”) Apologies to Australians. At NO POINT HAVE AUSTRALIANS TREATED ME ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN THEIR OWN!

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BobinOz October 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Julie for giving us your perspective on this, I’m sure it’s been very helpful for Benny. Benny, nothing to stop you now, see you in Australia sometime soon.

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sunny October 2, 2011 at 3:27 am

i am doing MBA (Health) for 1.5yr from Flinder University from Adelaide but MBA not in skill list .is there any way to get PR in Australia

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Suherman October 8, 2011 at 3:08 am

Hi BobinOz, i am from Indonesia

I would like to ask you, i am 19 Y.O still studying my bachelor degree here. I want to continue my master degree at Australia..
what is the requirement..?

I badly want to live in Australia, do you know the highest poin to get Australia PR?

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daragh October 13, 2011 at 12:55 am

hi bob i was just wondering i have a brother living in new zeland he is a citizen there and married with children i was thinking of moving to oz to be nearer to him the reason oz and not new zeland is the recent quakes my wife wont live there, would the fact that he is a citizen of new zeland help my quest for a visa, p.s im irish thank you bob.

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BobinOz October 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Hi daragh

I really don’t answer questions about the technicalities of getting a visa, because I am not a registered Mara migration agent and I simply do not know all of the rules and regulations.

But in your case, I’m pretty sure that having a brother in New Zealand will not really help you in any way whatsoever to get a visa for Australia. But I’m guessing. You need to check out my page called visas, the link is underneath the main navigation menu heading of Migration Advice.

Good luck!

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Ellena October 17, 2011 at 4:00 am

Hey Bob,
I am looking for some advice.
My husband and I are looking to move to Australia, my husband has an aunt who has been a permanent resident for over 15 years who is willing to sponsor us. The trouble is we are really confused on how we go about this. We have been to Australia previously on a working holiday visa and were both offered sponsorship by our bosses but felt it wasn’t the right time now we are kicking ourselves!! Our occupations are not on the SOL so we wouldn’t be able to get in through our jobs.
Do you know anything about my husbands aunt being able to sponsor us? The details online are so confusing and every website says something different!
Thanks
Ellena

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BobinOz October 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Hi Ellena

As far as I am aware, being sponsored by somebody might get you five extra points, it will not get you into Australia on its own. But that is only as far as I’m aware. I am not a migration agent and don’t know all the up-to-date rules.

Have you looked at my page called Visas? The link is under Migration Advice, you may find the video there useful.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

Cheers

Bob

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Vaibhav Bakshi October 18, 2011 at 2:56 am

Hi BobinOz..
I am an Indian citizen and my brother is in Australia. He has permanent residency and I am planing to go for higher study(MBA) in Australia after completion of my engineering. So, I just wanna know can he sponsor me for study or on work permit basis and if he will…can i become permanent resident directly or is there any way other around. Please suggest me what to do as I’ve completed my engineering.
Thanks

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Peter October 22, 2011 at 4:16 am

Hi there Bob i am wanting to move to Australia with my Wife and son i have work on the railway in the uk for 9 years as a thermit welder there is jobs going for thermit welders in Australia and have sent my cv to them but can’t get a sponsor one company has told he they have work for me if i come over.

i have look at visa and welders come up well a few of them really but not thermit welding do i just put the one close to my job i don’t want to put a wrong one in then they let me in then say i have to go home as its along way back home i hope you be able to help me thanks.

Peter.

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Asaduggaman Nur October 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

Hi, i am a bangla deshi student. i have just pass the higher secendery certificate(H.S.C) examination. Now i want to study at australia.So, now what i have to do for higher education? Please tell the way how can i go to australia. please replay

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Sarah ranga October 24, 2011 at 1:10 am

Iam a zimbabwean lady. Iam an aircraft technician and would lije to immigrate to oz can u help me find a sponsor or company that is willing to sponsor me coz i have tried immigration agencies but they are charging fortunes. Can u pliz help Bob

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Adrian Cummins October 27, 2011 at 12:10 am

Hi Bob . I am from Ireland. Due to the downturn in our economy I am looking into moving to Oz. Having worked for a Window manufacturing company for 19 years in different areas in the plant, one of which was glazing. I see on the sol, this skill is listed. my wife also has a diploma in Montessori teaching but as I am not sure if this is a job in demand maybe you could steer me in the right direction. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Adrian.

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Sofie October 27, 2011 at 3:28 am

Hiya Bob,

I’ve finally managed to twist my partners arm in emigrating to Oz :) I lived over there in 2005 for 8 months with my sister on a working holiday visa and have been wanting to return all this time.

My partner will be a fully qualified electrician in 16 months. I just wondered if we need to be married so I can get into the country? My work colleague went out a good 10 years ago with her long-term partner and was able to enter the country with him as his girlfriend and they lived there for 5 years.

Thank you,

Sofs

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Amanda October 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm

My fiancee is from New Zealand, I am Canadian. Neither of us have permanent Australian residency. When we get married, would I recieve the same easy eligability to work in Australia as he does?

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atul October 29, 2011 at 2:13 am

my sister been married to australia and got temprory residence their..can i go to australia with the help of her. can she send me a sponsership as a blood relation to get residence their..?
please help me.

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atul October 29, 2011 at 2:13 am

my sister been married to australia and got temprory residence their..can i go to australia with the help of her. can she send me a sponsership as a blood relation to get residence their..?
please help me.

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Ivy October 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Hi Bob,
I’m interested in going to university in australia once I get out of high school. I live in the US, so what can I do in order to be able to eventually get a student visa? Thanks.

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Ben November 2, 2011 at 12:32 am

Hi Bob, great website, really useful information and I hope you are having a good holiday in Thailand – loved it there on my travels a number of years ago.

I’m hoping to move out to Sydney with my current employer in the UK, they are a very large multinational, providing all goes well I should on a plane early next year, understand they will provide me with a business visa of sorts but wondering how long it would be until I can apply for PR?

I have read in previous responses that it would be 2 years, but always understood it to be 4, just concerned as I would be renting out my house with the long term plan of selling it and for 2 years that would be manageable, but if it is to take 4 years before I can apply it restricts me somewhat as I have equity tied up in the house.

As I’ve requested the move my employer will assist but not offer relocation package etc so just trying to understand when I could apply?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Ben

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BobinOz November 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Vaibhav, Peter, Asaduggaman, Sarah, Adrian, Sofs, Amanda, Atul and Ivy

I can’t answer these kind of questions, but this page might help…..
Questions About Moving to Australia
or this one….
Migration Advice

Ben, I can’t answer that either, it’s mostly been 2 years but can change and I’m not sure what it currently is.

Cheers

Bob

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sunny9441 November 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hi Bob, i need suggestions for my future life i’m currently in final year of my computer science degree. I want to start my new life in Oz my brother holds Oz pr how much helpful is his sponsorship right after my graduation. please don’t suggest me skilled migration plan.
What is the possibility of getting a pr after studying in Oz. i dont want to go for masters its too expensive i’m thinking about Tafe diploma in networking is it helpful for getting job? or its a madness to study diploma after graduation ?
i want to know the possibility of getting a Oz pr and others options for me.
please ignore my grammar mistake.
Thanks in advance for any help.
sunny

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BobinOz November 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm

See below.

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sunny November 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

below?

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BobinOz November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Yes, my answer to Mohit.

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Mohit November 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hey Bob..

Greetings!!! Impressed by your forum and the effort that you put in to reply to each and every post here.. Its incredible…

Great job… keep going mate..

My Query…
-Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
-Master of Business Admisitration
-Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
- Trained Lean SIx Sigma Black Belt
- 4.5 years experience in MNC bank headquartered in UK (current India CEO is Australian :))

Need to work in Australian company as a Process COnsultant(management consultant)

Request you to let me know what’s my best chance and which visa route to take …
regards,
Mohit

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BobinOz November 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Thanks, I think it’s a good website too :-) but unfortunately I can’t answer questions about how best to get a visa. Take a look at….

Would I Qualify?

Visas

Cheers!

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jagjeet November 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

hi, bob i am ex indian navy sailor served 15 yrsahd age of 34 can i find job in Australia in security

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Silvan November 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hi Bob,
first of all great job dude, thanx.
just wondering , i’m going to start a course called Cert iii engineering ( welder) in australia and it’s an 2 year course. the qualification i’m gonna get is 2nd class welder. so do you think i have any chance to apply for a PR with this. your kind response greatly appreciated. good day.

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BobinOz November 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

No idea! see Would I Qualify? But thanks for the compliments!

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Morag November 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Hi Bob,
Been reading through your information which has been extremely helpful.
Looking for some advice though. I am presently living in Scotland with my husband and 8 year old son, and like many others we are considering a move to Australia, Perth preferably before my son reaches high school age.
I am an occupational therapist with 15 years post qualification and have since completed a Post Grad Diploma (Occupational therapy) and presently undertaking a Post Grad Certificate in Adult Protection due to complete May 2012. My husband works as an overhead lineman for the railway and also has experience of working with overhead power lines. I have been looking through the net for job opportunities and am aware that i need to get my qualification recognised for working within Perth. Can you offer any advice on what opportunties are available for OT’s and within the railway, and also the best way of applying – e.g. sponsorship, etc. Also do you know approximate time scales from starting to apply to actually moving? Lots of questions, and answers to any of them would be greatfully appreciated. Thanks, Morag

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Peter November 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm

hi there Morag i have just seen your post i am a Thermit Welder For the Railway and work for Jarvis and Babcock Rail and i am waiting for the green light from a company who will sponsor Me and my wife and kids i am also going to Perth what you need to do is contact Railway Company to see if they will take you on there is a few of English Guys over there now working so it mite be the case you may no them Google Skilled or Uk Railway Workers Needed In Australia all so go on http://www.onlinerail.com.au John holland web site there is lots of work out there but it works like this depends what contract the company has won you could be on 2 weeks away in the bush and 1 week home or 4 weeks away and 1 week off so you need to no its not like here you mite need to stay away for a few weeks at a time but you get paid extra for this and they will pay for your food for you you can email me at peter@thegaswizard.co.uk for more info

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BobinOz November 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hi Morag

Peter has helped you out better than I could (thanks Peter). If one or other of you can get sponsorship, that would almost certainly be the fastest way in. It can be as quick as a couple of months.

Check out my page about Getting Sponsored

I can’t really comment about job availability, it’s a moving target.

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Peter November 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Thanks Bob yes i had a email today saying i have got the job and now they are sorting the visa out now so should be out there soon great stuff they get me a temp visa so i can go out for three months to see if i like it then they sort my 457 visa out so mite be out by xmas or in the new year. you need to contact the company direct as the skills are not on the list to get in that way.

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BobinOz November 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Well congrats Peter! Looks like you are on your way. It sounds like your new firm are looking after you as well, I hope you settling in OK.

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Peter November 16, 2011 at 2:14 am

Hi there Bob thanks for that i just have to wait for my temp Visa to come out and start to work and the 457 visa will be going though why i am out there then come home for the last time to pick my wife and son up and fly out on a one way ticket paid for by the company. just looking in to house now in perth sounds like i cant buy first till i have done 12 months work out there but i will have a deposit for a house to put down up front so that will help. you now about insurance cover for me and wife and son?

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BobinOz November 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Health insurance do you mean? We have some with Medibank Private, they seem all right.

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Antonette November 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hi, I was just wondering I want to sponsor my mum here in australia but i heard that it will take 15-20 years max .. is there a way to fast forward this ? and is it true that the age to sponsor a parent here in australia is like 65 ?

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Antonette November 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

oh by the way yes im an Australian citizen and have been living here for almost 8 years –

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Chasie November 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

Hi, I recently moved to Australia from the US i am a duel citizen, i had to leave my fiancé and come here because of medical purposes and would like to permanently stay here(my whole family lives here) My question is how can my fiancé come here and then permanently stay? Would he need to get a visitors visa to get here and then once he gets here we were planning on getting married once we are married would he be able to stay permanently?

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Divya November 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hi Bob,

I am Divya and a Software Engineer by profession. I have been working for an MNC in India since 2.5yrs. I have been working on projects related to Java technology.
I gave an visa assessment in Australian govt website and I learn’t that I am eligible for PR under “Independent Skilled Employee Migration”. But immigration costs are quit high for PR. Can I find a job in Australia and apply for Employer sponsored visa first and then obtain PR? Or should I do MS in Australian University?
Is it compulsory to for the same employer if you obtain Employer sponsored visa first and then obtain PR? Please reply..

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BobinOz November 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Antonette, Chasie and Divya

These are the kinds of questions I really can’t answer, I’d need to be a skilled MARA registered migration agent do that and I’m not.

Please check out….

Would I Qualify?

and

Visas

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Jaruphat November 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hi Bob.

I am from Thailand and graduated Master degree of Political sciences from Moscow Russia. I am looking for job in Australia and if possible to work with both russians and australians. Do you think in this field it can be difficult to find me the job in Australia? I am not looking for PR.

the job that i am interesting are : business administration, oil and gas firms or maybe somewhat of airlines companies.

What do think is Russian language is need for Australia?

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BobinOz November 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I have no idea if speaking Russian will help you find a job here in Australia, but please check out this page…

Getting a Job or Sponsored

You will get all the help you need there.

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hiram November 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

Dear Bob,
I stumbled on your blog while browsing the net and found it interesting. I am a 48 yr old Nigerian trained GP(Family Physician.) with lots of procedural experience. Last year i thought of migrating to Oz but was told my chances are limited since i am over 45. suddenly the rules changed and i found i could migrate if i am under 50. I understand i have to take the Australian Medical Council test(MCQ) to secure temporary registration to enable me to work; that is no problem as i have started preparing for the test. My main concern is that i was told it is difficult to get employment if you are hitting 50 especially if you are outside Australia. what do you think? My wife is 32 and a registered nurse/midwife, can we get in faster through her? I am ready to work anywhere in OZ. Thank you.

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BobinOz November 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

You really should talk to a MARA registered agent for the best advice, but my opinion, for what it’s worth, is that it sounds like you might be better off applying through your wife. Good luck!

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hiram November 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hi Bob,
Thanks for the reply. Will talk to the MARA Agents, Do you know any credible one? Sorry to bother you.

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BobinOz December 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Hi Hiram

I have a couple of people in mind, but I need to speak to them first. I’ll come back to you.

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BobinOz December 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I told you I’d come back to you :-) Firstly, I have met with a good MARA agent that I’m happy to recommend to you. Email me if you want his details.

Secondly, I’ve spoken to somebody that knows a lot about doctors moving to Australia. He says there are three categories of doctors, category one, category two and category three. Are you aware of this system? If not, again, email me for more details.

Bob

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NIrvana December 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

that is a good thing that the age under 50, you know why? because Australia is desperate for GP’s and Nurses, don’t let this scare’s you off, believe me, I need to wait 3 weeks before I can be accepted to any surgery in this country as they’re all booked out and not enough GP’s.
Good luck

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Branislava December 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Hi
Planning to move to Australia.I am a nurse in Canada ,have two kids and husband.My questions is does this ,me being Canadian make it easier to immigrate and how much do I need to pay for the whole family (total cost of visa for evrybody )because I do not understand this part.
Thank you so much!

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BobinOz December 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Well, you are a nurse and you can speak English, that should give you a slight edge.

As for the rest of your questions, that falls under the category of Questions I can’t answer…

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raj December 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

my sis living in sydney around 4years my sis working in govt service and i also want to live in sydney plz tell me which pr visa is gud for me…

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vinod.rajani December 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

hi am 32 year old an Indian i want to migrate to oz. efforts from my side am doing welding course, am also doing an electrician course please the best way to migrate.

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Raj December 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi bob
I came to australia 4 years ago on student visa. Cos of my work i had to change so many colleges so thats by i could’t complete my study. I am working with same employer for more than 3 years as a car detailer. Plz tell me what should i do to get PR. My employer is ready to sponser me but he also don’t know what to do ?

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BobinOz December 8, 2011 at 12:20 am

Raj, vinod.rajani and raj

You are all asking Questions I can’t answer…, but I wish you well and hope you find a way into Australia permanently soon.

Cheers!

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vinod rajani December 8, 2011 at 3:10 am

hey Bob thanks for the reply.
i just wanted to know with welding and elctrician course can i get a job or not please do reply
thanks

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BobinOz December 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Yes, I understand the question, it’s one I can’t answer. That’s why I posted the link.

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Mark December 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

Hi Bob,

I recently finished my bachelor degree in IT. Sadly my student Visa is running out, as I’m from Europe, but I love Australia so much that I’d like to stay and work here. I found several occupations in the IT business on the SOL list, which would probably help my application. I’m just uncertain about the best way to do this. Should I apply for a Working Holiday Visa first so that I can apply for jobs and maybe get sponsored? Or go for the full residency?

If I’m on the WHV, and after 6 months I have to change my employer, could I apply for a sponsored Visa if my employer is willing to sponsor me? Or do I have to wait for the whole 12 month period to end?

Cheers

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BobinOz December 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Hi Mark, that’s another question I can’t answer. It’s a technical question about visas, I’m not a MARA agent and I just don’t know the answer.

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Emon December 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

i am 30 years old, having BBA + MBA degree in Marketing and having 5+ years working experience.my study instruction medium was in English Language in both BBA and MBA. but i don’t have any IELTS.score. now in this case, can any immigration lawyer help me to go with any types of immigration process in Australia? seems to be, other than IELTS i have all things to go. please answer me.

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BobinOz December 14, 2011 at 12:03 am

IELTS school is quite important, I think. But what do I know, I’m not an immigration lawyer. Anybody?

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moin December 14, 2011 at 1:23 am

My brother is living in sydney. will it help me to get immigration to australia.

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Sarathy December 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hi Bob,

Happy to find your site. I belong to IT professional basically from India, with 3.5 years of full-time experience in Ernst & Young & 6 months Internship from Oracle. I have totally 4 years of experience in IT since I passed out my M.C.A [Master of computer applications] which is the professional course. I am very keen to settle down in Australia. I went and inquired one of the consultancies in India for my chances of getting PR. They told I need atleast 4 years of full-time experience. I would like to know if I can include my internship as work-experience though its a part of my education and I hold experience certificate for it?

Currently I got an direct offer from Singapore and going there in an employee pass. What will be the difference/advantage, if I apply the PR from India and Singapore. If there is no difference, then what are all the ways I can get advantage in getting the job in Australia when my previous employer is Singapore. Also the technology in which am possessing my experience is greatly needed in Australia. I can see more openings in job portal too.

Please suggest me, from where it would be better to apply the PR from. Is there anything called as High-Risk & Low-Risk countries?

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BobinOz December 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Moin and Sarathy,

I can’t answer these kind of questions, but this page might help…..

Questions About Moving to Australia
or this one….
Migration Advice

Cheers

Bob

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hayley December 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

Hi i was just wondering if you need a highschool diploma to get residency in australia. I have been living here for two years on a working holiday visa and have married my australian boyfriend. I put my spouse visa in and am currently awaiting to here from the government but am i a bit worried that i will need a highschool diploma to gain residency as i do not have one.

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BobinOz December 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

Well I haven’t got one, and I’m living here :-)

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Ram thapa December 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Hi there,my name is Ram I m from Nepal and I am married to an Australian.I was a student before and after marriage I m on spouse visa bridging visa.Immigration told me I’ll get TR in 6-9months and permanent residency after 2 to 2.5 years.I’ve applied on April 2011 for TR but I’m still on bridging visa and do I still get permanent residency if I get divorced before 2 years or as the immigration says.

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BobinOz December 20, 2011 at 12:36 am

Already planning your divorce? That’s funny! By the way, have you read my page called Questions I can’t answer…

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David December 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

Hi, me and my fiancee are coming over in April on working holiday visa’s with the hope to get sponsorship, we are just wondering if we got for instance a 4 year sponsorship, would we be able to have a child and stay working in Australia?. I have read that if we had a child while on the working holiday visa we would have to leave the country after the child was born. We are hoping this is not the case during the sponsorship as the whole reason of moving out there is to settle down and bring a child up in a better enviroment than where we are now.
Thanks
Dave

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john fry December 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

yes you must leave the country once the baby is born. to get sponsership it will depend what country you are coming from and if your lives are in danger

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BobinOz December 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Personally I don’t know the answer to that one David, but it sounds like John does. (thanks John!). But as John points out, there are exceptions (life in danger) so you may want to check out with these people who offer free legal advice service as I understand it.

http://www.iarc.asn.au/

It might just be worth a call.

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Pankaj Garg December 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hi,
I liked the way you answered all queries to get into Australia, on same trust I am also seeking an honest reply of my query to get into Australia on working visa. I am done Post graduate diploma in management (MBA/PGDM) from premier B school of India. I am having over 3 year of work experience and currently i am working with BILT (Ballarpur industries: India’s number 1 paper company). Now to get international exposure and excel in my career I would like to work in Australia.

Can you show me the way of achieving my dream.

Looking forward for your kind support

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BobinOz December 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Same answer that I give the others Pankaj, start at Visas and look at Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

Good luck!

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rachel December 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

Hey just wondering if you would be so kind to help, my names rachel im 22 and currently saving with my partner for a working holiday visa,we hope to if we like oz to adventually apply for pernament residency!! My partners a personal trainer and I am a hairdresser, will applying for permnament residency be hassle for us and how would you go about it??

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BobinOz January 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Applying for permanent residency is very time-consuming and quite costly, so I suppose you can describe it as a hassle.

To go about it, check out my page about Visas

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D January 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

Hi,
Me and my partner are looking to come over to Australia-Sydney maybe.
Were both 20,she has a NVQ Level 2 in the beauty side of it and I have no qualifications but work in the building trade with a few years experiance.

ive read alot that its only really easy/easier to go to australia if your a skilled person or have decent qualifications but havnt read anything about not having qualifications.

My mums couson has been a Australian citizen for most of her life if this will help me in anyway?
or we know of somebody who owns a small building trade company if i could use him if this would help?
but ive read you can only get sponsered by a employer if your a skilled worker?

id like to know also how much Realisticly you need to go over there to support 2 adults on this stay inc all exspenses.

i have applied for a working holiday visa and have been approved.

thanks :D

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BobinOz January 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I have four pages that will help to answer your questions:

Visas

Would I Qualify?

How much do you need?

The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything

Good luck!

Bob

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D January 6, 2012 at 4:31 am

Hey thanks Bob for the reply!

done some research into this inc your usefull links.

just a questions really

Were interested in the “working holiday visa”
ive been accepted for one but my partnet cant untill her passport is renewed, is their anything that would decline her? shes no criminal records,declines to countries or anything like that.

But my main question is, as were not classed as “skilled workers”,
if & when we decide to come to Australia on our working holiday visa’s would this realisticly just be the 1 (maybe 2) year working holiday with realisticly no hope of getting granted more visa’s or eventually becoming a australian citizen. because were only keen to do it if its more possible to get granted a perminant visa to stay and work rather than spending all the money on just 1-2years on a working visa.

Thanks and hope you can answer this for me.

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BobinOz January 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Not questions I can’t answer, sorry.

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Carla Shearer January 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hi there!
Me and my Husband are wanting to come and live in australia with our little boy, Hes a well experienced carpenter and joiner, and im almost qualified as a teacher. We have taken the points test and we qualify, however my mum and dad and two sisters would also like to come and live over there too. My dad has a great job and is skilled as a drain/ under ground pipe layer, but he has just turned 50, we wanted to come over in the next 2 years, is there anyway that they accept people who are older than 50? My mum has always worked but it is not classed as a skilled occupation, my sisters are 13 and 18 and my 18 year old sister is at college studing child care, she has her gcses and is on her second year studing at college.
We so want to move, but its kind of like us all or none is you understand, as we’re so close. Any advice would be appriciated!
Many Thanks Carla.

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James Doyle January 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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James Doyle January 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Hello there!
I am currently living and working within the casino industry (UK) as a croupier for 4 years now and have obtained an advanced diploma in Casino operations. I would very much like to move to Sydney as i have a brother who lives there and has done for the past 4 years with his partner. Unfortunatly I don’t believe that my job fits the required skill criteria needed. I wanted to know that if i was offered a job/sponsorship from a casino if gaining a visa would be achievable and how would be the best way to approach it. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards, James.

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Madhav January 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hi,
Me, my wife and my daughter are here in Australia since 2008. My daughter is borned in Australia. Since 2008 we are here as a overseas student visa. My wife is main applicant and me and daughter are dependent. She studied and completed cookery and Hospitality (2 years course) in last May 2011, but she is being working in Nursing home for 3 and half year. Last year she has also completed Certificate-IV in AGED CARE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE. Now we have 2 years student visa, she is business management student.
She has no cook experience, but she has excellent experience and high qualified in aged care sector and she has very good english speaking, writing, reading.
We are looking to get PR in Australia through Nursing or cookery . If you have good suggestion for us, please we would accept any circumstances of your answer

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AJR January 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Hi Bob,

I have a bit of a dilemma here.
My girlfriend and baby son recently came out to Oz to visit her father and stepmother (she is Australian, and her father has PR).
I joined them a couple of weeks later to visit on a holiday visa.
Since coming out here, we have decided that we’d like to make a go of it over here. I don’t think that she’d have any problems being able to stay, but was wondering if you, or any of your contributors could give me any advice?
I’m 22 years of age, and have studied for my IT degree in the UK for the past 2 years (I have taken a year’s break to set up home in the UK with my family).
Would it be possible for me to:
A) continue my studies over in Oz?
B) complete a short term course in the UK which would enable me to stay?
C) would my girlfriend’s family be able to help in any way regarding sponsorship if I were to find employment during this trip?

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AJR January 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Sorry – I hit submit before I’d finished!

I’d really appreciate any answers to the above, or maybe alternatives which I haven’t considered yet.

Thanks in advance

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BobinOz January 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hi Carla, James, Madhav and AJR

I’m afraid these are all questions I am not qualified to answer. These pages may help you though….

Visas

Would I Qualify?

For what it’s worth though, Carla, I believe your dad might be able to get in if he could secure a job sponsorship. He may have a chance with that too, we do a lot of mining here and I believe underground pipe layers can be quite useful with that.

James, getting a sponsorship is probably your best option, see….

Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

Madhav and AJR, your situations sound quite complex, you would certainly need to talk them through with a registered MARA migration agent to find out your best options.

I am currently working with a registered MARA migration agent putting together a package to help people like yourselves. It won’t be a free service, but it will offer exceptional value. It will be online this month if all goes to plan.

Cheers

Bob

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Dottianne January 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

fiance’ visa ? girlfriend is citizen? also New Zealand needs your skill for rebuilding Christchurch area…once you are citizen there you could move to AU easy

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roisin January 6, 2012 at 3:38 am

i’m a health care assistant in ireland. i think it’s called assistant of nurising or nursing aid or something like that in australia. can i get sponsored havin this occupation?? please please answer me !!

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BobinOz January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm
crestline January 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Pls is it possible to apply for Engineers Australia assessment before writing IELTS? also do you have a clue on the success rate for applicants for Engineers Australia assessment?

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joanne livingstone January 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hi my husband is either getting a job or getting sponsered by his dad in australia. We both live in the UK atm as we are hoping to move to Aus when he gets the job, but what am not sure about is will i get left in the UK while muy husband is in Aus or do I just go with him or is there a visa I need for this and what are the marraige rules as we would come under the 12 months of being married and living together, oh and if i will be able to work etc when am in aus,answers will b appreciated as am real worried I’ll loose my husband :( Thanks.

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faisal January 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

hello.
Iam from pakistan , my wife cant deliver more babies due to some medical problem?
me and my wife decided to go for surrogacy , but in pakistan it is ban so we decided to go australia for it ,my question is that somebody told me that why dont u apply for permenet residency over therer after getting baby through surrogacy preocess? is it true ? can i apply for PR or immigration for austrlia if i go there with my wife for searching surrogate mother?

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khushi January 9, 2012 at 1:31 am

I am doing MBA(Health)from Flinders University but MBA not in skill list ,is that possible if i complete my MBA and find job in that field than any chance of PR or not
Thanks

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BobinOz January 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

crestline, joanne, faisal and khushi, these are all Questions I can’t answer…

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joanne livingstone January 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Do u know anyone who could as my husband went to the immigration office yesteryday in Aus and they told him to goto to the website, can anyone give us answers as I dont think I could get away with just following my husband like some of my relatives did yrs ago??? Just am flying blind in this.

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BobinOz January 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Normal practice is that husbands and wives automatically get a visa when the other half qualifies, so I would imagine you’ll be coming too.

I can recommend someone who will give you professional help on this, but you will be charged a fee. I’m not sure you need this, I think you’ll find out soon enough anyway. But do let me know if you want me to put you in touch.

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joanne livingstone January 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

OHHHHH thanks you so much this is a great answer is just what i was looking for :) Its bn franctic trying to get ourselves organised, but am greatful for the help, Yh I certanially ask for the other help if i need it but money is soo tight trying to get there as i need to know what the costs for a flat will b like the bills *sighs*

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BobinOz January 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm
mark January 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

hi bob a brilliant blog you have here, lots of info!!!!

not sure if you would have the answer to this or maybe someone reading but, i am a british citizen, 25 years old. i have roughly 7 years of plastering behind me all on the job training, so no qualifications, and in the last couple of years i have been trying to change trades just because i don’t fancy plastering all my life, ive done domestic plumbing at college and got a certificate for it, but not fully qualified in that either because to finish getting fully qualified i need to be assessed onsite, which means i need a job, but getting a job is extremely hard…anyway im now at college doing site carpentry and yet again the same problem as the plumbing, so ive been looking at australian job sites and there is an enormous amount of apprenticeships going..so my question is really, is it possible for me to get an apprenticeship in australia as a british citizen?? i have travelled australia twice so i know what its like there, and i love it, plus i have some friends there.

thanks for taking the time to read my post. mark

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BobinOz January 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Hi Mark

I have to say first that I really don’t know the answer, but here’s what I think.

I think it’s unlikely you’d be able to get an apprenticeship here is a British citizen, because to qualify for a working visa, you would need to score enough points. To score enough points, you’d need to be skilled in something that Australia has a shortage for.

I doubt whether you could be sponsored for an apprenticeship, because it would be difficult to imagine that there isn’t an Australian available to fill the same position.

But as I say, I really don’t know. Does anybody else know?

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Alan January 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi, great post. I am looking into getting the skills assessment. I am not sure about the references that i need to send off. I am finding it hard to obtain a reference which outline the work that i performed. I just have the usual start/end time and title of position. Do you know if i need to have a reference which outlines the work i performed or can i just add this myself.

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BobinOz January 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

No, I don’t know for sure, but I do know that you are looking to get your skills assessed. It is in your best interest to spend as much time and effort into whatever it is you send off to be assessed to make it as good as it possibly can be.

You are trying to convince the Australian Immigration Department that you can do the skill you say you can do. Anything you can provide to support that claim will help your case. So I’d be doing everything possible to obtain a reference if I were you.

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peter kerins January 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

hi i live in ireland but i have had no college experience or work trade but i have experience from working on construction sites to working on tills.i have no idea where to start looking,where to look for work,where is the best place to move to.thanks for the info above

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BobinOz January 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Well, before deciding which would be the best place to move to, you really need to look into whether you would qualify for a visa or not.

Judging from your brief description of your work experience, you may find it difficult, although if you just want to take a look for a year, you may be able to get a working holiday visa.

Check out my page about Visas

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mark January 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

hi bob, i received a email from australia immigration.
concerning the question i asked you and just for anyone else in the same position as me, if you have work experience but not full qualifications and you would like to do an apprenticeship as such there is a way possible to get sponsored.
you can apply for the 442 which is a occupational trainee visa.
so in effect you could qualify in australia, downside is you will need to find someone who will take you on,only then you can apply. but its a guaranteed 2 year sponsor.

failing that your only hope is to apply for the working holiday visa.

cheers. mark

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BobinOz January 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Thanks Mark, that is good information. Just shows how much I know :-)

Apparently there are about 130 different types of visa, I’ve never heard of a 442, other than it being a way of organising your football team.

I hope you find a sponsor and good luck!

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JJ January 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hi BoB

Just wanted to say that (after hunting loads of sites)your website is one of the best.
I’m a serving soldier in the British Armed Forces and have travelled most of the world…
..i guess im trying to say if you in Ozi then you are very very very lucky. i would give my left testicle to be in Ozi ( seriously i would ). im coming over for a few months to see if i can make a future …..but i guess it is a waiting game.
i have contacts a good CV and alot of @elbow grease@ WHAT ELSE DO I NEED? cheers jj

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BobinOz January 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Well, you could try offering your left testicle, but I don’t think it will get you in.

The short answer to what you need is…. points! Check out this page…

Visas

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Kay January 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

Hey there,greetings!do u have any contacts for work visa for Singaporean?i m an accountant with years of experience..jux checking if there r any!?thanks mate!

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Adam January 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Dear Bob,

I found out about your web after i google to get a job after obtain PR Australia. Can i have your opinions on few things?

Is it easy to get a job once you get P.R? My agent told me that I can migrate to canberra under state sponsorship. Well, is it easy to get a job in canberra? Furthermore, I am a muslim. Will it be any problem for me to get a job?

Thank you bob for your time. I hope you can answer my questions. :)

Cheers mate!

Adam

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BobinOz January 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Adam, Kay,

Can’t help either of you, but this page might……
Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

Adam, other Muslims work here, so why not?

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RSalehi January 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

HI there,
I am R from Afghanistan. and I graduate from Civil Engineering faculty in Afghanistan and I am working for an American company, but I would like to move/emigrate to Australia for seeking better opportunities in the field of Civil/Construction Engineering. So I need your advise to what should I do? Which kind of cases do you recommend me? and If you know some Australian Construction companies please send me a list!!!
Kind Regards,

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BobinOz January 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hi R

Sorry, but that’s not what we do here. These pages might help though…

Visas

Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

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Jack leather January 21, 2012 at 2:09 am

Hi, I am a fully qualified personal trainer and heading to Sydney this feb 2012 on a 12 month working visa. If my employer is happy to sponsor me , even tho pt is not regarded as a “skilled profession ” is it still possible for me to stay? Also my current clients best friend lives on Sydney with her husband and has offerd to discuss her sponsoring me. How does that work? Will I still need to prove I can keep my job. Thanku for reading and I apologise if ive waffled. Looking forward to hearing your response. Jack

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Jade January 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

Hi there,

Im currently living in the UK im 22 years of age me and my bf are wanting to live out in Australia perm I dont come under the skilled list, I have a background on travel reservations and admin,retail and sales. I am looking to go out on a working visa and the try and get a company to sponcered me out thereout there, what are the chances? Do you know any good recruitment agency that will help me before i go?

If i got a 1 year working visa , after that one year can i extended it ? to lead into a perm stay/

If you can get reply I would be grateful

Thanks

Jade

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TOQEER AHMED January 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

sir pls tell me if any pakistani student spend about 14000au$ and get a student visa for australia can he earn that mony during the studies just in one year pls reply me very soon via my email i will be very thankful to u

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BobinOz January 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Jack and Jade, these are questions I can’t really answer, but you might like to read my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

Toqeer, I have no idea, does anybody else know?

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Rih January 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hey there,
My name is Rih and I’m a 18 year old young woman who is intrested in moving to Australia for about 2 years to work. I have graduated Highschool and am currently completing my Associate’s in Radiology. I have a good friend who lives in the QLD area and she’s been begging me to give her a visit so I finally decided I would. Do you think I would qualify to get in? If so would it be difficult to find a job? Thank you so much for your time Sir.

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BobinOz January 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

If I were you, I’d go for the one year working holiday visa. I don’t think they are that difficult to get, take a look at my page about Visas

Good luck!

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parshu January 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

hai sir,
my name is parshu am an indian, i am prasently working as a 3d animator in 3d animation production company in India. my exp. was 3 years in 3d animation company and 2 years faculty for graphic designer, totaly i have 5 years exp. my acadamic details.Bsc (microbiology)and pg diploma in computer application and multimedia this is my brief details plz suzest how to get PR

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BobinOz January 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Start here: Visas

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Richard January 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

Now there’s some dedication. Almost every question answered over a year and a half.

I want your opinion. I have a first class honors degree in IT and three years work experience as a Network Engineer. I think the best way for me to go would be a WHV and then mooch and panhandle for IT jobs when I get there. Do you know of many companies that would take applications from WHV holders from places like seek.com.au? I’d imagine it would be better if I was out there and met these guys in person.

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BobinOz January 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Is your line of work one of the skills that is in high demand here? If it is, and it’s the sort of work that companies are prepared to sponsor people for, then I think the best you can hope for is to try and find a sponsor during your time here on your WHV.

When you are here, contact prospective employers and tell them you are on a WHV and would love to come and work for them for a month to show them what you can do, on the proviso that if they like you, they will sponsor you.

That’s what I would do, but I’m no expert, you need to be talking to a recruitment agency. Does anyone who is in this field have any advice on this?

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Shavin January 26, 2012 at 12:44 am

Dear Bob,

I currently live in Sri lanka and wish to migrate to Australia with my family to settle there. I have been working in a 5 Star hotel for 18 years as a Restaurant Manager. My Wife has followed a Hair dressing course as well. I would like to find a job in hotel field since I’m familiar with that background. As my local Agent said I will be given the PR in Australia as I’m migrating to Australia with my family. I just want to know will I be given the PR in Australia since I’m migrating.

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BobinOz January 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I really don’t understand the question, but as you have an agent, I assume a MARA migration agent, that’s who you need to be asking this question to. They have all your details.

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Paulina January 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Hi Bob!
Ive read so many comments and I really admire your commitment so far. Im from the US and my boyfriend is a digger in the aussie army. Im only 19 and dont have a degree in anything so I know i wouldnt cut it for a skilled work visa. Im going back to the US in a month because Im stuck on a holiday visa and our plan is for me to apply for a work holiday until were up for a defacto visa in June. Even though Ive looked at all the requirements for a work holiday visa on immi I was wondering if you knew how hard these are to get, provided i meet the requirements? And if I get turned down, what visa you think we should go for? We know marraige is the easiest option but if we do, we want it to be for us and not for a visa, you know? Hes getting shipped overseas next year so were rushing to find visa options to be together before he leaves. Thanks Bob!

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BobinOz January 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

From what I hear, it isn’t that hard to get a working holiday visa. So I’d apply for that first and see how it goes.

Good luck!

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Johnson Boxx January 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This is to bring to your notice that i need a driver , nanny and Gardner as a result of my urgent state and condition .

I am Johnson Boxx living in 11 Salisbury Place Edinburgh EH9 1SL Scotland, United kingdom, i am a Film Maker traveling all over the world for film locations and more . and i have a lovely 4 years old boy and another 2 and half years old boy to care for but i dont want to leave all that to my wife alone , so i am seeking care giver from your good country as a friend told me that your people don’t like working outside the country alone so they advice that i get driver and a nanny at same time to aid the easiness and fastness of the offer.

looking to get the best after your application i would handle your over to my lawyer for screening and verification My kids name is larry and micheal they are healthy and very quite loving kids ,

i am willing to pay 2500pounds monthly each for driver and the nanny and a workinging allowance of 100 pounds every 2 weeks plus a 30 pounds pocket a allowance

i would not want to keep changing hands on my kids as its very bad ,if you are interested pls contact Email… johnsonboxx@live.com or call me on my phone +447011133140

GOD BLESS.

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BobinOz February 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hi Johnson Boxx

GOD BLESS to you too. Thank you for placing your free ad here in the comments on BobinOz. I hope you get the positions filled.

Would you be so kind as to place a graphic right in the middle of your next film production saying simply…

BobinOz.com – What it’s really like to live in Australia.

Thank you.

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Robert Mr Chill Gallacher January 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I am currently a Uk citizen who is very much wanting to get out to Australia and practice my trade in Air conditining and Refrigeration. I actually have a company in Darwin who is intrested in offering a position aslong as i can (1) get my recognised trade certificate, to get my city and guild qualifications i obtained in Uk approved in Australia.(2) I also need an ARCTIK licence.
So my question is,? is there companies out there who can organise this for me before i come out or would it be easier for the company who wishes to employ me to organise. Im finding myself at a stalemate so any answers would be massivly appreciated. Would i be legible to go on sponsorship through the company also. Any help would be appreciated at this time.

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BobinOz February 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

Sorry Robert, I have no idea. Anybody?

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AMIT CHHABRA February 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

HI

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BobinOz February 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

HI

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Dottianne February 1, 2012 at 8:34 am
Emma February 2, 2012 at 5:50 am

Hey, I was just wondering about the working holiday visa. I know it is for people aged 18-30 but I will turn 30 in October. say for example I went out in August, I’m 30 2 months later. Is that ok? I would still only be 30 when my visa expired, not 31. I probaly sound like a thicko lol but I feel very confused!

I’m not sure if I would want to get PR in OZ, but I would love the chance to work and live there for a while and just have fun experiencing a new culture, and who knows I would maybe fall in love with the place? I have a computer networking degree, but I can’t get a job with it in the UK. I’m looking into trying to get work as an optical asssistant and then hopefully train to be a dispensing optician as that is on the skilled workers list. Or as a dental nurse/hygeniest. They are both careers I’m interested in doing regardless of whether I went to Oz or not, so if I could go with them it would just be a nice bonus :) Also Specsavers are in Oz so maybe if I got a job here with them I could see about a transfer to Oz and sponsorship haha!

I was actually going to go travelling around Oz and SE Asia when I was younger, but I ended up staying with my bf. Man do I regret that decision!!!

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now! I really like your blog, very informative and funny!

Emma

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BobinOz February 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

If I remember correctly, your age at the time of your application is the age that counts. I think that is how they worked it when I applied. So I’d get your application in fast.

See you in Specsavers!

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din February 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm

hi ,
i m a student in Austria. i have finish my advance diploma of tourism course from one of the institute of Australia. and i m here from 2 and half yrs.is there is any way to apply for PR from my course if not could u give me any suggestion to get PR in Australia.
thank u

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BobinOz February 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I’m not qualified to answer these kinds of questions, but I know someone who is. I will let you know when I have put up details of how he might be able to help you.

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BobinOz February 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I’ve now added my new service to this website, check out my Visa Assessment Service. He is qualified and he knows the answers to your questions.

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Adam February 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hello there!

Quick question. Is it true that if I get P.R, my PHD study will be free?

and if it is true, who will bear my cost of living? Is it me or the Government?

Cheers,

Adam

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BobinOz February 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Quick answer, I don’t know. Sorry Adam :-)

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sunil February 9, 2012 at 6:48 am

hi bob,
i am sunil from india. i am a MBA graduate in finance and marketing. presently working in an airlines here as a ground staff. very soon i am going to sydney, australia on a visit visa which was sponsored by my sister who is a citizen in australia.

my question is that, can i apply for a course in sydney where my boarding and lodging would be taken care of my sister so that i can save some money on it. if so let me know how to apply for a course in australia when on a visit visa and also let me know which course would better suits me as i am not at all have a work experience in the relavent field that i studied.

pls reply.

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Joseph February 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I have family that lives in Australia and have for there whole lives. I was born in America and am now 20 years old. I was wondering the fastest way of getting into Australia to become a resident and the cheapest way also. thanks

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ss February 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Hi bob,
i am 30 yr old student doing Msc(IT) in sydney and living over here for since 2yrs.I want to get PR and my ILETS score is 6 bands.i am working as store manager in sydney.My question is how can i apply for TR and PR and how much time it’ll take?will i get definitely get PR?

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Amreesh February 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

Hii Bob,

Greetings!!!

I am Hotel Management qualified person and specialist in Learning and development. I have experience of around 17 yrs which goes as under:

5 yrs: Hotel Operations
4 yrs: Lecturer and Head of Department for Hotel Management college
for last 8 years I am working as Training Manager with Hotels and Healthcare industry.

What are my chances of gaining employment opportunities over there.

I am qualified to take assignment in Hotel/ Healthcare Industry in HR/ L & D Department.

I am an Indian citizen and currently working in UAE (Abu Dhabi).

Thanks,

Amreesh
00971555256276

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BobinOz February 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

sunil, Joseph, SS and Amreesh, I am not qualified to answer any of your questions, but I now have someone who is. Check out my new page which offers a Visa Assessment Service. Good luck to you all.

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asif February 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

hi my name is asif> i m from pakistan. my dad in year 1987 got a student visa for computer science but unfortunatly he came back to pakistan due to some problems in our faimly now i am 19 doin engineerig ( electrical) and have good grades yet. i also want to get a permenet visa( residence)> i have three cousins still in melbourn. can u suggest me how to get a student visa first

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BobinOz February 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I can’t, but check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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marie February 16, 2012 at 3:13 am

hi bob,
my name is marie and my hubby (to be) and I are planning to move to australia with our 2 youngs kids. we wanted to go jan 2013 under a skilled migrant visa as my fiance is a fully qualified bricklayer.
we want to go to sydney and just wanted to know is the bricklaying trade plentiful in that area and is the salary enough to rent a place and live off. i wanted to be a stay at home mom until my kids are old enough for school, then i would look for a job.
any information and advice would be very much appreciated.
thanks :)

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BobinOz February 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Hi Marie

There is a bit of a slow down here on the housebuilding front, all I can suggest to you is to take a look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, there are some useful links to online employment agencies, so you’ll get a good idea of how many vacancies there are for bricklayers right now.

Then look at these two pages…

Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia
The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything

That will answer your other questions.

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Abi February 17, 2012 at 2:33 am

Heyyyy,

Me and my boyfriend are from the UK and have recently just spent 10months in australia on our first working holiday visa. We worked for 5 months doing harvest work and travelled for five months. We were not originally looking for sponsorship but actually got offered it from the potato farm which we worked on. As you know, this would involve working for their company for 2 years and then we are entitled to our australian residency :) Although this is one option for us, we would prefer to enter the country via a skilled migrant – purely because we are both currently university graduates who have been travelling for a year and would now like to start a career as soon as possible. We would also love to emigrate to australia but are unsure of the best way to go about things. We would like your advice PLEASE!!!! :) We both have high 2:1 bsc honours degrees, one in sports science and one in IT. After graduating from university we were not looking for a career and both had jobs unrelated to our degrees, just so we could fund our travels. Now, having travelled and being back in the UK we have a dilemma as what to do next!! As i mentioned before, one option is the sponsorship – and to then find careers/study in australia and the other option is to take further study in the UK and then try to enter australia on the skilled migrant visa. My boyfriend is also a skilled electrician so he would be fine to enter with this or IT but I currently only have my Bsc Sports Science degree and barwork/bar manager. So, I am looking at doing further studies that would make me eligable on the SOL. I am interested in doing Sports Therapy Msc (would this class on the SOL as physiotherapy????), Physiotherapy Msc, Sport & Exercise Biomechanics Msc and Psychology of Sport & Exercise Science MSc………..can u PLEASE tell me which of these degrees would make me eligable for a skilled migrant :) And whether or not u think it would be better to do these studies in the UK or in australia (after our sponsorship). Thankyou so much, really look forward to your reply and your help :)

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BobinOz February 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hi Abi

Sounds like you have a few options, but which is best? I wish I had the skill and knowledge to answer you, but I don’t. That’s why I now have a MARA registered migration agent on this site, he can give you answers.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free but I think it would be money well spent for you.

Good luck!

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Marie February 17, 2012 at 2:43 am

Thanks so much bob :-)

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Vinay February 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

hi

i am civil engineer and working in the same field for last 10 yrs ( 2yrs in India and 8 yrs UAE). Now i am planning to migrate to aus..i am 32 yrs old. i score only 6.5 for ielts…as i am 32 and 6.5 scored, i came to know tht i cannot move to sydney or melbourne but can only to northern territory.

Can u pls help me with the details?? is only possible to NT of aus?? wht abt brisbane or perth??? pls pls help me….:(

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BobinOz February 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

As with Abi above, you should check out my Visa Assessment Service by qualified MARA registered migration agent. He will know the answers to your questions.

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Nabi February 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

Hii I have few questions I would like to ask , we are thinking about moving to Australia and oppening up my own business so can I do this as iam 51 years old and i have enough money to buy my own business and a house. please help me with these information thank youu…

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Dottianne February 18, 2012 at 6:45 am

for Nabi
get state sponsorship….easy in more rural areas, get 163 visa, then apply for permanent visa in 3-4 years

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/163/

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Robert Gallacher February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Hi bob, I spoke to you a couple of weeks back but Unfortunetly you were not able to assist and I now understand why.I am a 25 year old Uk citizen and a qualified refrigeration Mechanic! My situation has some what developed an I have recently signed my contract of employment with a company in Darwin an we are now on the final step of process. by this I mean an agent in Oz is putting in my application for 457 visa. My question is simple really. I’m looking for a place to rent which I have found. I just want to know if you can explain the typical costs included in house renting.
E.g is there council Tax like in Uk??
How is electricity payed for and other utilities?
Are there any other costs I should know about??
I have looked on google etc but it just talks about deposits for a month rent in hand etc.
If you could assist it would be appreciated.

Kind regards

Robert ( a fellow Bob )

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BobinOz February 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Hi Robert

Your council tax payment should be included in the rent, but you will have to pay your own electricity bill and possibly water rates too. Those are paid quarterly exactly the same as in the UK.

You can get more information about the cost of renting by reading my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia. in the comments there is further information about deposits and advance rents.

Good luck!

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Sam February 22, 2012 at 12:59 am

Hi Bob

I’m a student in the UK studing a construction related degree. I have one year left until I am finished my degree after which I want to find work in Australia. Just wondering if you hear of many students seeking graduate employment in Australia?
I am also unsure as to which should be done first- either applying for jobs or applying for a visa?
Any help and advice is very much appreciated!

Thanks

Sam

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BobinOz February 23, 2012 at 1:14 am

I’m not sure about that one, usually Australian employers prefer a bit of work experience, but maybe if you’re a graduate with the right skill, who knows?

Yes, who does know? Can somebody help Sam?

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Titu February 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

hello
I am Titu from Nepal, I have tried to australia as an student along with my dependent bt my visa get rejected by saying that I’ve not suprised them with my interview (Telephone) for Bachelore of Accounting on Nov-2011 intake.However,I still want to go australia and read there,so it is possible that I can re-apply to australia and get Visa.
Please Answer Me
Thank You

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BobinOz February 23, 2012 at 1:17 am

Sorry, I can only answer you if I know the answer. I don’t. But maybe somebody else does, anybody else?

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marie February 23, 2012 at 3:26 am

hey bob,
i had commented to you before about me and my young family looking to move to oz under the skilled migrant visa as my hubby (to be) is a bricklayer. I was just looking to know how much the whole visa process costs (roughly)?? really need your help on this as i thought it was around 290 pounds to process but now people are telling me it costs thousands.
i was really shocked by this and very upset as we were all so excited about going. is this true??

marie

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BobinOz February 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

It depends on what kind of visa you are applying for, the best way to find out the cost is to look at my page about Visas, watch the video and then click on the visa wizard link and answer the questions as they apply to you.

At the end of it all, it will tell you exactly what the fee is to process the visa you are going for. I think it will be higher than £290, but lower than thousands. Good luck!

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Sofia February 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Dear

I am sofia. I am registered nurse here in Pakistan in a well reputed government hospital from last 8 year. I want to settle in Australia. I am married with 2 kids please advice me which way is best for me to go Australia .

Looking for your response
Sofia

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:06 am

First you need to find out whether your qualifications as a nurse are acceptable to the Australian immigration Department. They only recognise qualifications gained in certain countries, so it depends where you got your training.

Have a look at my page about Nurses, doctors and dentists in Australia.

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Venkata Sunkavalli February 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

VENKATA SUNKAVALLI ……PLANNING TO APPLY FOR AUSTRALIA PR
Contact No: 251-6041058

Email…..RAJEEE73@GMAIL.COM

Skype ID……………… VENKATA.SUNKAVALLI

WORK EXPERIENCE:

1…Worked as MIDDLEWARE ADMINISTRATOR AT VONAGE…WITH 15 MONTHS EXPERIENCE

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION:

MASTERS DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA,USA

BACHELORS DEGREE FROM ANDHRA UNIVERSITY,INDIA

GOT CERTIFICATION FROM IBM AS WEB SPHERE APPLICATION SERVER SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR.

GOT SELECTED IN US ARMY UNDER THE MAVNI PROGRAM FOR JOINING THE ARMY AS AN TECHNICAL ENGINEER.
INDIVIDUAL STATICS:
Date of Birth : AUGUST 27,1984
Sex : Male
Marital : Single
Religion : HINDU
Nationality : Indian
Language Known : Read & Write English, Hindi,Telugu.

HOBBIES:
Interaction with People, Listening to music.

NOTE – I need a job in Australia..NZ…FIJI… CANADA….. I need a job in australia,New zealand or canada as I got struck in India when I came to Canada for my H1B stamping.Can some one help find the job in my field.

Thanks,
Rajendra

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liz February 24, 2012 at 3:13 am

Hi there…
I just came across your site and my goodness but its great! :D Im hoping you can help me or give me some advise?
Im seriously dedicated to settling down in Australia but its a super stressful process.
I have done one year in Oz and completed my 3 months regional work. Im back in Ireland now and plan on going back to Oz in september. I have a degree in Forensic science but unfortunatly this is not listed on the skills list for the points system. I also have no experience working in the sector yet which is essential when applying for sponsorship, which is how i planned on settling there. I do have over 6 years experience in hospitality but no qualification in it. Do you know if it is possible to get a sponsorship based on experience and not a qualification? If not, do you have any other suggestions that may help me? I just want to live in Oz!!!! :(

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

Yes I believe it is possible, but only for certain skills. Check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and if that doesn’t help, consider using my Visa Assessment Service.

It’s not easy to get into Australia, but worth the effort if you get here in the end. Good luck!

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saeed February 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

hi dear bob ,
sir need to help about my visa i am in australia as a visitor visa and now i need to convard to parmnent resident how to get or what is it process??????
regards

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:12 am

Getting a permanent residency visa is a lot more difficult than getting a visitor’s visa. Take a look at my page about Visas, that’s the best place to start.

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Marie February 25, 2012 at 4:11 am

Thanks bob. I found out it will cost around £2500 but thats the medical/police check and all included. Its not too bad as i was told it was around £5000 :-/ so now i can relax a bit and save save save :) thanks again for you help bob!

Marie

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BobinOz February 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Glad you found the information you need and good luck with the rest of the process.

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mike February 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

Hi as u see my name is mike, I worked in the building trade in Ireland for 7 years and I am a qualified stone mason, the catch is that I don’t have the papers to prove that i am qualified. I recently went back to college hear in Ireland as a mature student the question that i want to ask is with my degree in hand would the option of me getting employment as a mason in Australia and then hopefully getting sponsorship be an option? In other words with me having a degree, would it entitle me to gain sponsorship in other field of employment?

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BobinOz February 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Only way to find out is to do the points test, see Visas.

It is also possible you can have your stone mason skills assessed and if you pass, that’s the equivalent of having some paperwork. Good luck!

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Chris Best February 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

Hi Bob, long time reader, first time poster!

Two questions if I may?

1. I am a 50 year old male working as a Planning Engineer with Anglian Water here in the UK. I’m called an engineer, but I am not degree qualified, I gained the title following 15 years of experience. I earn £33,000 which gives you an idea of the level I am working at. My main role is appraising developer drainage submissions. Now, my wife is a podiatrist and we are using her qualification to a 457 residency visa (fingers crossed) but what are my prospects? Would I get a sympathetic hearing? Would I get a job!!?

2. My son is 16, he is currently at college doing a BTec in Public Services, basically grounding him for the police or fire service etc.
He will be 18 in June 2013, which will coincide with when we are hoping to apply for the visa. Will he be able to come out with us or will he have to come out under his own steam?

All contributions gratefully received.

Many thanks

Chris

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Chris Best February 26, 2012 at 5:49 am

Whoops, obtain a permanent residency visa, not a 457!!!

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BobinOz February 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Why are you waiting two years to put in the application? If you apply now, your son can be included as a dependent. As far as I am aware, if your wife is accepted, you will automatically be accepted as well. I can’t tell you whether or not you get a job, but you can read more about that here….

Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

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Chris Best February 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

Much appreciated Bob. Awesome site by the way!

I should have phrased it better, my wife is in her 2nd year at uni and so is not quite a podiatrist yet, so the earliest we could apply would be July 2013 when she receives her registration.
My son will be 18 then and I assume if he is not in full time education will not be regarded as a dependent.

Many thanks

Chris

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BobinOz February 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Yes, that is correct. As soon as your son is 18 years of age he is considered an adult and must apply in his own right, unless you can prove he is still dependent upon you. ie, still in full time education.

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Chris Best February 29, 2012 at 12:05 am

It’s as I suspected, thank you for confirming that for me. I’ll persuade him to do a third year at college ;o)

Congratulations on your citizenship!!!

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BobinOz February 29, 2012 at 12:42 am

Chris, just be aware that sometimes you need work experience along with the qualification, and if your wife has only just graduated, getting the visa may take a little longer. I can’t help you any more than that, because all occupations are different, but it’s something you might like to look into.

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Nasir Ali February 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

dear sir

how are you,

sir i applied on march 2008 my final application for trade of tool maker (GSM-175)with my IELTS result and TRA letter and with my complete application enclosed,
when i applied i was 31 years age now i have crossed 34 yrs still i am waitng for my reply .when will the department reply me???
and if they have capped my application why didnt i recieved the mail??
i try to mail themseveral time ,more offenly i recieve a automated reply which will be now exact reply to my queation.

please provide any direct no. of the department (ausi immigration department) or please advice me how to call them?? i mean with which number???

THANKS & REGRDS

Nasir Ali

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BobinOz February 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Can’t help you with that one, but if you’ve never received a reply I’m wondering if your application got lost. Have a look at their website, there must be a contact number somewhere.

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David March 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

How about comin to Australia when your job is general waiter? I read somewhere that there is a shortage of people wanting to take jobs in the hospitality industry, and that they need something like 56000 people to fill those jobs? What kind of visa should I be looking for? Great blog by the way! Started reading it from the beginning after reading the free ebook! Fun and usefull!
Thumbs up! David

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BobinOz March 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

I have also heard that there is a big shortage in the hospitality field, so it is certainly worth looking into. Have a read of my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, it’s got some useful links to employment agencies, so you can see how many vacancies there are for what you do.

I’m still trying to find a recruitment company to work with me on this blog to help people like you. But no luck yet, but when I do, I’ll put up the details.

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ss March 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hi bob,
i want to knw if person is coming on dependent visa,then IELTS xam is needed?if yes thn how many bands required?and in how much time one can move australia?

Thanks in advance

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Bhishek March 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Hi BOB,

This is Bhishek from India.My elder brother is Australia holding OZ citizenship with his family. And I am a PG in Master in Business Administration having 2+ yrs working experience in India.
My brother is ready to sponsor me but I am not finding the suitable visa to apply first. Pl suggest do i go for working with travel visa or any other.

Thanks & Regards:
Bhishek Singh
India

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Siany March 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hi

I am a mother of 2 children and my partner and I want to make a better life for our family and move to Australia. Only now am I getting my arse into gear and trying to gain the qualifications needed, as Im 32 and struggling with adult education I am gong to work my damnedest to do it. It’s going to be a long process and I’m not getting any younger. I’ve nearly finished my NVQ levell 2 Health and SOcial care and am moving onto my NVQ level 3. I have experience working wit homeless and drug and alcohol misuse. Are NVQs a recognised qualification in Australia?? What can you advise me to do to get the dream I am hoping for me and my family???

Cheers I think your web site is really helpful and find myself reading as much and as often as I can

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BobinOz March 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

You sound determined, I hope you achieve your dream. As far as I am aware, NVQs are not really recognised here in Australia. I’m worried you may spend a lot of time studying, all for no use.

But I’m not 100% certain, that’s why I think you should take a look at my Visa Assessment Service.

It will cost you, but not a lot. It may save a lot of pain later. Good luck!

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David - K March 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Hey Bob

You seemed to clued up with all things immigration to AUS. Firstly a bit of background, I am single, 26 years old and live in South Africa. I have my post graduate degree BA(hons) in Brand Leadership (Branding/Marketing) and 2 and half years working experience in the field, I am also fluent in english, written and spoken. I have family living in Sydney, my aunt who is on a Guardian Visa and her husband on a Business Visa. What are the chances of me getting permanence and who would I speak too? Would I still be able to get a Sponsorship Visa, given my relatives Visas? Could I find employment if I do get it? Am I able to get a Working Holiday Visa/Visitor’s Visa with regards to South Africa not been a reciprocal country?

Much thanks

David

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BobinOz March 7, 2012 at 12:01 am

Not that clued up though. See my answer to Siany above, pretty much the same applies to you.

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Farah March 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Dear All,
If you want to go for Job Visa for 2 years with minimum cost
& if anyone want to go Europe for Residence Permit for long time so please contact me.

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BobinOz March 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Farah

I have removed your untraceable gmail address from two of your comments now, please don’t post it online here again. I strongly suspect you would ask anyone who did contact you for money upfront, and then not deliver anything.

If you are genuine, you can always contact me and provide me with your credentials; do remember to include your MARA agent registration number.

Cheers

Bob

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mike.sull@live.ie March 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hi bob , I am a 28 year old Irish citizen, currently studying at third level, I will receive a BA degree (History and Geography) in 2013. I have 8 years work experience as a bricklayer but I do not hold the certificate to prove this, I could prove that I worked I the field for that time through tax returns and things of that nature. I plan to travel to Australia in June 2013 on a 2 year holiday visa. the question that I want to ask is with a degree would I be allowed to work as a bricklayer in Australia and if after showing my skills and I found a suitable sponsor would I be eligible to receive it with on the strength of being a skilled emigrant even if this was to start at apprentice level in Australia? in simpler terms with a college degree would it open up offers of sponsorship that do not match up with my degree?

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BobinOz March 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

I really don’t know is, I’m afraid, the short answer for you Mike. I didn’t even know you could get a two-year holiday visa. I’m not even sure I understand the question. But if there is a shortage of bricklayers, and you can prove by being assessed by the proper authorities here in Australia that you are bricklayer of acceptable standard, and everything else about you stacks up, anything is possible.

Good luck!

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Sunny March 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hii Bob

I have been in Oz for last 2.5 years. I have applied for my temporary residency after my 2 years of study. I fall short of 5 points to be eligible to apply for permanent residency. My english is not that fluent to get 8 band score in each section of the IELTS test.

Any suggestion as to how can I achieve the rest 5 points ?

Cheers

Sunny

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BobinOz March 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

Not a question I can possibly answer Sunny, sorry.

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Jose April 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hi Sunny

I’m thinking of going to Australia to study in a TAFE.
Do you know if you study for 2 or more years you’re eligible to aply for a permanent residency visa?
Or do you still need to get a sponsored employer?

Cheers

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Gowthum Natarajan March 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Dear Sir,
I’m an Indian presently staying in the southern part of India. I had gone through all your post and comments. It’s really a good initiative and i appreciate the same.
Now what i would like to know is that i have completed only my secondary education. I had an interest to study further but no financial aid cause my father has got retired and I’m earning to run my family. I’m presently working now in an ITES call center concern for 2 years. To be honest my company recognized my talents and gave me an opportunity to prove that. But the pay which i earn is enough for me and my parents to live. Here in India all the concerns are ready in recruiting a person if he has a degree with him. They don’t even care if he is not capable of doing that job. So I’m not able to earn more to complete my studies.
Sir i want to study and work in a concern which gives me an opportunity to prove my talents. So that my parents will also be happy and ill also secure my future. I’ll be so happy if you give me a suggestion in this regard.

Thanks in advance,
Gowthum.

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BobinOz March 13, 2012 at 1:14 am

Gowthum, that’s actually not what I do here, I really just write about life in Australia. I don’t give career or educational advice.

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Rrajiv March 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Hi,
I am rajiv…
I just got married in Dec and want to completely shift in Australia.
I am planning to get the spouse visa with the study base visa of my wife. It will be a post graduation course for two years.
How it will bw possible to get the PR after completeing the 2 year study period.
i am planning to shift in Melbourne.
is it the right idea?
or any other way to move australia with my wife PR.

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BobinOz March 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

See Questions I can’t answer…, because I’m afraid this is one of them. Sorry!

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NC March 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Hi Rajiv,

I hope Bob doesn’t mind me answering this question as I did exactly same thing 8 years ago. There is so much more to Spouse-dependent Visa than just using it as a way to come to Oz and hoping to get PR status after studies. Now before I start telling you what to look for, take this comment as a general advice and do not take offense in anything. Trust me I have met so many fellow county-mates who swear by the fact that only If they had anyone to show them the real picture behind the dreamy one. Now lets talk about your idea:

* You need to conduct thorough research on the Universities,their fees and their assessment policies. Master degree seem to be very easy way to arrive here,as in India we all have Bachelor degrees. Master degree is beneficial only if you are a professional,planning to work at middle-level to senior level management after your degree + you have experience which can be recognized here.

* Area of specialization your wife will be studying during here Masters, does she have any prior knowledge in the field? I have seen so many ladies who struggle with the subject and end up leaving the course and modifying Visa conditions as every failed subject costs you roughly $2000 at Master level.

* Master degree is no guarantee of PR as Immigration rules have changed in 2007 onwards requiring Post-Grads to gain 1 year professional experience or study 1 year professional studies to fulfill that requirement. Universities who offer you that professional year wants you to demonstrate 7 bands each in IELTS or result is not released.
* IELTS score is a major player in your whole journey.
You can file straight PR after your Master degree + 1 year professional experience/professional year….if you have 7 band each in every module.
* I don’t want to discourage you but I have seen brilliant people doing everything right but ending up in a long process of waiting , extending Visas, changing courses,paying too much money to migration agents because they themselves have not done enough background work.

My suggestion : Make sure you go to more than one consultant and then decide on which one do you want to deal with. This whole process from walking in the consultant’s office to boarding the flight is very rigorous…keep your cool. Evaluate every practical aspect and good luck with everything…..

P.S. I am a female, came to Aus with my husband on the same visa and am very thankful that I am over that whole deal of being an overseas student here.

Good Luck…

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BobinOz March 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Hi Nc

No, I don’t mind at all! In fact I love it when other people answer these comments, so many people know much more than I do.

Like you, on this one. So thanks for answering it for me.

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Kenneth March 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hi,
I used to hold a student visa (6months, to finish my final semester, which i did) but it expired at the end of January 2012 however my graduation date is on late March 2012 so i had to apply for a visitor visa to stay in the country which will last till April 2012.
By having a visitors visa i know i can’t work but i can still look for a standard business sponsorship right? (Subclass 457 – Temporary Business (Long Stay) Visa Program
(Standard Business Sponsorship)

If i could, i am actually having a little trouble in notifying the employer that i need a sponsorship in my CV/resume. I don’t actually know how i should write it. Should i just plainly write it down? How should i approach this matter?

Thank you for your help in advise, it is very much appreciated.
Hope to hear from you soon. Cheers.

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Jho March 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Hi Bob,
I’ll graduate from the Univ. of the Philippines next year. My major is Early Childhood Education and I really want to work in Australia (NT) after I graduate…I already checked the registration process regarding this but I really wanna know if I have to be employed by a school or can I register and then come to Australia as a Professional Migrant? If I can come there as a Professional Migrant, how much money do I need to emigrate?

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BobinOz March 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Sorry Kenneth and Jho, I can’t answer Specific questions about visas. – I’m just not qualified.

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mir March 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Hello Guys,

I hope your doing well,I just want to ask you I have minimum qualification so I would like to apply for Australian work permit and I am from India I have 4 years of experience in network admin some one is saying I am eligible for work permit , If Any person knows about my profile or any body experience please give me your advice.I am unknown person, if you suggest me its good for me or my family …..ASAP

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troy March 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

hey bob im austraian and my partner for the last 10 months is from taiwan her working visa is almost up we got engaged about 4 months back and despratly want to stay together , we dont have enough money to pay for a partner sponsor visa at this point , but we were thinking of just getting married at the regestry , will this give her automatic temp visa or do we still have to aply for temp and then pr visa and is two months enough time for us , i know we need 1 month to order regestry marrage , mayby we can just find a celebrant thanx any help much apreciated

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Gilbert May 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Drop her, she is just using you for residency…

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BobinOz March 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Sorry mir and troy, I can’t answer Specific questions about visas – I’m just not qualified.

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rajat sehgal March 27, 2012 at 3:45 am

i am an indian.i am 15 yrs old.my maternal granddad and my aunt and uncle live in australia.my relatives and my cousins are already settled in australia.i have been to austalia once with my family which include my parents and my real brother whose in 12th(final year) on tourist visa.we loved the country and my family has decided to send my brother to australia for higher studies which is going to cost a lot of money.after completing his higher studies my brother has decided to settle down there.what is the possibility that he may not get a job there and has to come back to india.he will pursue engineering in australia.

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BobinOz March 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

That is an impossible question for anybody to answer.

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Maryam March 29, 2012 at 3:42 am

I’m 19 years old from Afghanistan living in Dubai , UAE (united arab emirates) and if i get advanced diploma in accounting which takes 2 to 3 or 4 years is their any chance for me to get PR in australia and I don’t have finance problem and I have relatives who lives in Sydney & Perth … Thank You

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BobinOz March 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Sorry, can’t answer that, see Would I Qualify?

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churba March 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

hi im holding a subclass 457 here in australia and im married but my dad did not declare that im married in our forms..our visa will expired in april but we logged our extension..its ok to stay here or should i back to my country..thanks

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BobinOz April 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

That’s a Specific questions about visas. which I can’t answer. But I would be very wary of staying here if your visa has expired, the Australian Government takes a very dim view of that sort of thing.

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Matt March 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hi Bob,

I have moved to Australia when i was ten years old because my parents wanted me to receive better education than my home country’s. It has been 12 years now that i lived in Australia but neither my parents or I were eligible to apply for a permanent visa so far, hence I’m still under my student visa. I am not too fussed about the extra university tuition fees (ie. international fees are a lot higher than domestic students’) but i am worried about the compulsory military service which i must confront very soon as i am 21years old now. Both my parents and I hold the Korean citizenship and by law i must attend the army for atleast 2 1/2 years before i turn 23. I am currently studying bachelor exercise science at tertiary level but this was not on the critical list for permanent visas so i cannot apply for PR after i graduate. Throughout my prolonged stay in Australia, factors such as australian lifestyle and mates contributed in molding me as an Australian. I quite frankly identify myself to be more Australian than Korean. So i guess my question is are there any options available for me to attain a permanent residency at this point?

Cheers

-Matt.

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Vincent April 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

Hi Bob Good Morning,

Please help me. i dont know what to do on my problem.
i am a PR already here in australia and i want to get my GF which i want to marry to come here in australia so that we could be together and start a family. What is the best and fastest way to apply her as PR also? Im very troubled with this one. And i read your blog and its nice to know that there are people like who loves to help those with inquiries.

thanks bob

Sincerely,
Vincent

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BobinOz April 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Matt and Vincent, I can’t help you with your questions, but my resident MARA registered migration agent can. Take a look at my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not a free service, but it probably is what you need if you really want the answers to your questions.

Good luck!

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syedarsalan April 3, 2012 at 4:12 am

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syed arsalan April 3, 2012 at 4:44 am

hey bob,
i was searching thru the questions but could not find one that matched my query.
i come from pakistan , and I already have applied for australian PR got the ACS as well , state spon. on its way and would be prolly here within a week.
I was to ask you is there any kinda decline during the visa application process, so as to know the success rate.
the next plan that i have is to take admission in swinburne master programme. i was to ask you would i have to give ielts again for the PR application?
and suggst me waht way should I go to australia , the PR way or the student way?
thanks in advance

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syed arsalan April 3, 2012 at 4:52 am

i wrote ‘next plan’ by mistake , its the other plan actually which meant STUDENT VISA

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syed arsalan April 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

again forgot to mention *cough*
the swinburne uni. is exempting my 3 semes. outta 6 for the network engineer degree that i have.
so in that case my MS programme is 1 year, would I need to have 7bands in IELTS general module for the PR application ?

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BobinOz April 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hi syed arsalan

I’m afraid to say I can’t answer any of your questions, you can see my list of Questions I can’t answer… here. I also don’t answer Specific questions about visas., I’m just not qualified. Sorry.

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Lisa April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hi Bob,

1) I am a qualified lawyer. I have practiced in Fiji for the past 5 years as a State Lawyer.

2) My husband is a Communication Technician with the UN HQ in Fiji.

3) We would love to migrate to Australia, particularly Brisbane because my father in law lives there. He is a naturalized Australian.

4) We are 28 and 29 years old. We are both minded to pursue our Masters in Australia. We don’t have kids yet.

Do you think we have a chance at migrating to Australia?

Any useful information you could offer will be appreciated.

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BobinOz April 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Hi Lisa

Sounds to me as though you have a very good chance of qualification. You can find out quite easily if you have enough points by visiting my page about Visas, watching the video and then following the instructions.

Or, if you want professional assistance, take a look at my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free, but it truly is a bargain. My expert will not just tell you if you qualify, he will advise you on the best way to go about it to get you and your husband here as quickly as possible.

Good luck!

Bob

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Jennifer April 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I was thinking about relocating my whole family to a new country and start our life over somewhere else and was wondering how to go about it in that aspect. I enjoy culture and visiting new places but we are looking to live somewhere else. We currently live in the USA and are a family of 6 so I guess my question is what do I need to do to be able to move there? My husband is the only one with a skilled profession in Fire safety and I have 2 degrees but havent worked in my field. We were considering moving to Australia because it is beautiful country. I ave also considered Scotland but either way I would like to know what kind of visa or process I would need to go through just to be able to pick up and move and rebuild our lives in another country. Thanx

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Jennifer, see my answer to Lisa which is the first comment above yours. That is the best way to start the process. Good luck!

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karan April 10, 2012 at 2:50 am

hi am karan from india..i have got australian vesa recently …i have done b.com in india and got admiission in mpa(master in professional accounting)in australia…my future plan is to settle in australia…so i want to do it all step by step…which job will help me in getting PR…and what should i do after completing mpa….if u have any good suggestion for me…plz reply…thn q

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Sorry, not something I can help with, maybe somebody else with experience in that area can. Anybody?

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naveen April 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

hi,
im naveen from india…..im a electrical engg….trying to get PR for australia..is der any ways to get it?…and also i work in marine as marine electrical officer..plz help…i love australia….
thank yoy…

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Sonny April 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Bob,

Iam Sonny from India and my wife is in the medical field (Cardiac Technician). Recently she has been offered a job in Australia. How should we go about with visa process? thanks.

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BobinOz April 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hi Sonny

Usually the company sponsoring you gives you a hand with all this. Is that not happening? That said, they don’t have to help you, they can leave it all up to you.

I wouldn’t know what to do, but I know somebody who does. If you need the assistance of a MARA registered migration agent, I can recommend someone to you. Obviously you will have to pay his fees, let me know what you want to do.

thanks

Bob

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siobhan April 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

hi, dunno if can answer this, do you know if pharmacy technician qualifications from overseas (i.e Ireland), are recognised in Australia?
Thanks

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BobinOz April 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Not completely sure, although I have heard that GPs who have qualifications from the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or Singapore are the ones that are recognised the best. So you have a chance.

Anyone else know any more about this?

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Archana April 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

hi, I m Archana & my brother name is vikas. He already applied in MSC cruise company as baker and pestry man. His medical check up over in the month of January 2012. He wants to go to abroad. From MSC company he got confirmation letter but still now he didn’t got his visa and ticket for going to MSC cruises. pls tell when will he got his visas and confirm date

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BobinOz April 19, 2012 at 12:32 am

And how exactly would I know? I am BobinOz, I write about life in Australia. Visas come from the Australian Government.

I try my best to answer every comment and be as helpful as possible, but, Archana, it’s stupid questions like yours that make me seriously consider closing down the comment section on this page. I mean, really!

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Elizabeth Saruchera April 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

I really want to live and work in Australia, My two children live in Brisbane. I am living and working in UK as sales/debtor ledger team leader in Finance.

My husband is a plumber but he is now 58 years and I am 48 years old. Our daughter is expecting her first child and would like to work and live near them.

Do we stand any chance of migrating?.

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BobinOz April 21, 2012 at 12:14 am

Not sure, it won’t be easy. But I can’t tell you whether you stand a chance or not, you will need a professional assessment.

I do those here if you’re interested, plenty of links in this thread to my visa assessment service.

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kamni April 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

hi i am kamni from india i had gety aus study visa in 2009 for two years but i leave from there after one year now i want to start my study again can i apply for study visa again my age is 34 years now.

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BobinOz April 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

I really don’t know, that, again, is a question for migration expert. See my answer to the comment above yours.

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kaye April 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm

hi..i want to have a job in Australia.
i’m just a college level from Philippines and i don’t have large amount of money. is there a way that i can have a job in Australia with my level? I’m a 20 years old Hospitality Management student.

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BobinOz April 21, 2012 at 12:42 am

Why not apply for a Working Holiday Visa, that would allow you to come out here for one year and work while you are here. It’s not a permanent thing, but you will at least get to see what Australia is like. You will need some money, not sure how much, about 4 or $5000 I think.

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kaye April 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

thanks for that advice but Philippines doesn’t have holiday visa
and if it would be possible i don’t have that large amount of money.
would there be another way to work in Australia without spending that much?

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BobinOz April 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Not that I know of. Anybody else?

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kirton April 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hi Bob

Me and my wife are looking at moving to oz after we both finish studying may 2013, i will be 29 and my wife 27. The only thing is we dont want to apply and have to wait 2 3 or 4 years for everything to go through, I had a 1 year working holiday visa in 2006 and have been told that you cant get another one. Could you help and advise us on our best oppertunity as to entering australia even if it is only temp and we can work and try find our own way of staying as and when we get there???

Cheers Marc

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BobinOz April 24, 2012 at 12:26 am

Hi Marc

I can’t, no, I’m just not qualified. You need a MARA registered migration agent. I do have one I can recommend, he does a very low cost assessment, you can click this link to read about my Visa Assessment Service.

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Stuart April 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hi Bob,

My wife and me had our honeymoon in Oz in 2009 and now we both really want to live there….. so I got myself a 176 visa and we’re heading to NSW in early September :)

Just wanted to say thanks very much for this blog as it’s helped to put our minds at rest about lots of things (spiders, money, spiders, houses, snakes, driving licenses and spiders). Really can’t wait to get there now!

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BobinOz April 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Glad to have been some help, hope you enjoy Australia as much as I do. Watch out for the spiders though :-)

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michael costello April 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Hi Bob My name is Michael.Quick question can you buy Australian Residence if so how and how much. Any advice you have would be great

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BobinOz April 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

No, you can’t buy Australian residency on a “no questions asked” basis, you have to apply for a visa. You will then have to answer many questions and qualify based on those answers. And then guess what?

You still have to pay!

Sorry it’s probably not what you wanted to hear.

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Jen April 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

Hi Bob,
I am planning to go to Australia under the Working Holiday Visa for a year (I’m 30 now so I can only do it for a year). I’m going as a Health professional and have some locums lined up; however, I’m always studying (online) in another career avenue to potentially be a health consultant in the future and my own “boss”. How does this work? Is it possible that I can go there and work independently per se? Well – I guess it wouldn’t have to be if I situated myself with companies to get hired and worked with them a few months at a time. But what if eventuallyh one wanted to be his/her own ‘entrepreneur’ so to speak and operate a freelancing business out of his/her home? Is that possible? Please respond if able! Thank you.

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BobinOz May 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

There is no reason why you couldn’t set up your own business here in Australia, but that in itself will not allow you to stay. You will need some kind of working visa to allow you to do that, I’m not qualified to advise you what type of visa that should be.

I can put you in touch with MARA registered migration agent if you want to discuss that further, but if I were you I’d just come out on that WHV and see what you think Australia first.

On the other hand, if you are asking if you can come here on a one-year WHV and work for yourself why you are here, instead of working for other people, I don’t know the answer to that one, but I could try and find out, if that’s your question.

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Eric April 30, 2012 at 2:40 am

Hi
I am pharmacist working in UK. I want to get skilled visa to Australia. I have disabled child. Are there any chances to get Australian visa for me and my family?

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BobinOz May 1, 2012 at 12:52 am

Yes, of course there is a chance. But you will need to see if you have enough points. Check out my page about Visas to find out for yourself, or if you want professional help, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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Rob Henderson May 3, 2012 at 7:42 am

Hi, I am 27 and just finishing a degree in aircraft engineering. I want to move and work in Australia ASAP. What is the best visa to apply for? My sister is living there now permanently.
Thanks

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BobinOz May 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I couldn’t tell you Rob, there are apparently about 130 different kinds of visa and I’m not an expert. We chose to apply for a permanent residency visa, rather than a sponsored visa, because they offer more freedom. That was our choice.

If you want a professional opinion, you’d need to talk over your situation with a MARA registered migration agent.

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gurjot kaur May 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

hi , my name is gurjot i m going to melbourne for my masters in accounting and financial management from la trobe university.. can u plz tell that is there are my chances to get pr in australia n is it good to do masters in accounting to get pr

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BobinOz May 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I don’t know, maybe someone else knows about this. Can anybody help gurjot?

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Lokesh May 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

are you going in july intake? i have few admits from australia..i want to do masters in telecommunication.I have also applied to La Trobe but i have not got any reply from them.Be in touch if you like,so that we can share information..

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Gareth May 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

Good day. My perants have been living in Australia now for about 6 years now and have received there perm residence . I am 27 now and I’m a process artisan from south Africa what are my options and how will I go about getting into Australia and with my parents having perm residence will that be an advantage to me ?

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BobinOz May 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Hi Gareth

As I have no idea what a process Artisan is, I can’t help you with your options. But I do suspect your parents being permanent residence here would be an advantage.

Check out my page about Visas, it’s a good starting point for your journey to move to Australia. Good luck!

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gareth May 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

Sorry I was not very clear on that I’m a process artisan for a petro chemical company GTL (gas to liquid) the job I do mainly consists of operating of the plant throughput , troubleshooting , general inspection of machinery . Hope that gives you a bit of an idea .

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BobinOz May 10, 2012 at 12:49 am

Then you should try to find out if your skill is on the shortage list, you can find that out from the same government website on the visa page I gave you the link to above.

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mike May 9, 2012 at 4:49 am

hi bob my name is mike and i am from Ireland, i plan to go to oz in the next 12-14 months on a one year working visa, i am hearing from a lot of people both in Ireland and friends in Australia that it is becoming a lot harder to obtain a visa to gain entry, i was wondering if you had some information about this as i cant seem to find anything documenting it, also would you feel it is best to go through an agency or go independently to get a visa?

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BobinOz May 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

Hi Mike

I don’t think you’ll have too many problems getting the one-year working holiday visa, assuming you are under the age of 30.

I’ve not heard anything about those being harder to get these days, but you will have to meet some criteria, like having enough savings to start with to help you survive the full 12 months.

I think you can probably do that independently, but if you do want help, I can find out how much my MARA migration agent will charge for a WHV.

Cheers

Bob

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mike May 10, 2012 at 2:41 am

that’s perfect thanks Bob, i might leave it a bit and get back to you about your migration agent,
one thing that you touched on is my age, i will be 29 when applying for the 12 month visa(with around 3/4months until being 30 and arriving in oz) but i was kind of thinking that i might apply to do the farm work which entitles you to stay for another year or so,as far as i know i can do it from Ireland before i leave,
what i am wondering would you feel my age would go against me on being granted the extension?
i realise you are busy and is a fairly big question but if you had an idea it would be great thanks bob

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BobinOz May 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I don’t think so, but you must get your application in before you hit 30. If I were you, I’d fill it in now. Good luck!

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Dan Williams May 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

I have been in Australia for 2.5 years and met my partner 2 years ago. We have been living together for over 6 months and we are expecting a baby in 2 weeks.

Can anyone give me advice as to what to0 do at the endo f my 457? will i have to pay for Permanent Residency or will I automatically be entitled to this beacause of my child?

can provide more details if needed

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BobinOz May 10, 2012 at 12:38 am

I don’t really know about this one then, maybe somebody else does? Don’t overstay your visa though, get something sorted before it runs out. I will try to find out what my MARA agent thinks.

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MARA Miki May 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

Hi Dan,

Congratulation, you have about two more weeks to sleep as much as you possibly can:)

How long have you got on the 457?

There is nothing that is automatic in Au, but you will be able to apply for a permanent visa because of your family. It wont be straight forward, as you do not quite meet the definition of defacto, however the child will help you case.

email me via Bob through his contact page if you want to discuss it further.

Brgds

Miki

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Paula May 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

G’day Bob

Great blog, very useful info.

I’m currently UK citizen but marrying my UK citizen but PR partner later this year. I’m 46 and he is 50 and accepted for his diasbility pension. He has kids from a previous marriage and has been Australian resident since age 3 (didn’t know he wasn’t a citizen until we started investigating the implications of marriage 3 years ago). From what I can tell as soon as we are married I become de facto spouse and should gain PR status? I spoke to a very helpful bloke called Chris at the place that deals with the visa applications in the UK and he couldn’t see there being any problem either as I have no family to speak of in the UK, and my future hubby being as he is retired and on his pension is solvent and can support us. He reckons he could actually “employ” me as his carer too, though I’m just happy to be a wife and help paying for the house. Are there any possible pitfalls you can see in this scenario?

Here’s the funny coincidence. Gympie is our sort of chosen setting down place due to the employment possibilities (I’m data admin secretarial basically, and Steve is a draughtsman and wants to work part time when he is able).
Hopefully by Xmas I can buy you a beer at the bar of your choice, you can warn me about any bad ones :)

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BobinOz May 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Gympie? That’s handy, it’s only about 2 and a half hours drive from my house. I think you said “a beer”?

Maybe you can post it to me :-)

As for your situation, I am not qualified to advise, I am not a MARA registered migration agent. The helpful bloke who deals with applications almost certainly knows way more than I do about visas. I have no reason to believe he would be wrong.

If you want a second opinion, I can recommend a MARA agent to you, just let me know if you are interested in that, although a fee will apply.

Good luck!

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Mark May 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hi bob I have commented before a few months ago, I am heading to oz this year leaving England August 31st, I’ve got 2 months travelling in Asia then I land in Melbourne November 1st I have a 1 year work visa, my question is if I do a second year work visa, what is the next step after that?? In terms of getting residency?? I am a plasterer not qualified though.
I plan on working and saving for the first year than go travelling again then come back for a second year but after that I don’t know what my options are, I’d like to stay in oz really.

Thanks mark.

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BobinOz May 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

That’s not something I can help you with Mark, I’m just not qualified. You would need to talk to a MARA registered migration agent to discuss your options, I can put you in touch with one if you wish.

But if you could get someone to offer you a job sponsorship during your first year here, I’m pretty sure that would help a great deal. Good luck!

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cal May 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Hi Bob!
just wondering if you have heard of anyone who’s had the same problem as we are having?; We have paid around £4.5k to a MARA agent to date, have passed the practical assesment have all our paperwork in place, are on the “wanted list” but just cant score high enough in the IELTS exam so until my husband gets the score he needs (8) we cant do anything…Any thoughts!!?? dont want to of wasted all that money if we cant get in! :(

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BobinOz May 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

No, sorry, I’m not sure what you should do in this instance. I have heard of people struggling to get the correct IELTS result, and one even suggested that the score was slightly lower to come here on a temporary visa and it was a permanent one.

Maybe that is worth looking into?

8 is quite a high level, is your husband a doctor?

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Cal May 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

No hes not a doctor he is a welder (1st class)! It seemed really high to us too as he has over 12years experience in his field and passed the practical Vetassess exam with flying colours, maybe its 8 because we are a family? 2 Adults 2 Children, i dont know, our ages aren’t really against us as he’s only 33 and im 31! :/

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BobinOz May 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Then I am a little confused, IELTS 8 is very high, I would have thought a 7 would have done. Maybe it is worth you checking elsewhere? 7 is regarded as proficient English.

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Jamie May 18, 2012 at 3:35 am

Hi there Bob,

I am from England, and have traveled to Australia before on a working holiday visa. I am now over thirty so cannot apply for that visa again. I have 16 years experience as a Manager in the Building Supplies Industry and I would like to migrate to Australia on a permanent basis as I have a partner over there. My question is which option would be best suited for me and what are my chances?

Thank you in advance.

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BobinOz May 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Those aren’t questions I can answer Jamie, see Would I Qualify? to find out why.

You can also take a look at my page about Visas. If you watch the video and then follow the instructions for yourself, you will find out what your options are. Good luck!

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snehal May 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

hi, my real brother is in Australia last more than three years, he permant resident in Australia & I would like to apply for remaining relative visa as i dont have parents, but my another elder brother is living saparatly with his wife. their is no help from his side for my studies or any other expenditure. now I am totly depend on my Austrailian brother. Ican apply for that visa?

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BobinOz May 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Sorry, you’ve lost me a little with that one, anyway I can’t help with Specific questions about visas.. Good luck though!

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manushi May 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

hi,i am working as a school teacher, since 2006.Although,my profession is listed on the required list,my query is based on further accomplishment of any kind of teaching course.Do i have to enroll myself first for a teaching course to get a teaching job in AU,in case i get the permanent visa?
Moreover,if my overall score in IELTS is 7.5,is there any way through which i can apply for the permanent visa or any other visa which will ultimately help me to immigrate,like through state sponsorship etc.Kindly suggest me some ways coz i really like the country a lot and wanna spend the rest my life over there.
Please do help me out.
Eagerly waiting for you reply.
Thanks in advance.
Regards

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BobinOz May 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Not questions I cant answer though manushi, way too specialised for me. Can anyone else help out here? Do we have a teacher in the house?

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manushi May 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Hi,can you answer the second part of my query?
Actually i think that i am getting misguided on the fact that i can apply even though i have scored 6.5 in reading,although the rest of the score is above 7.5 in each of the other sections of the IELTS exam,due to which the overall score is 7.5.
Kindly assist coz things will become much more clear for me. Thank you in advance.
Regards.

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BobinOz May 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

No, sorry, I can’t answer the second part either, otherwise I would have done. People need a different level of IELTS, I think, depending on their situations. So it’s not straightforward.

Does anyone else know?

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Abhi May 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

hey bob
iam 19year old indian my brother got TR in malbourne can i get tourist visa of austrelia with 100% what will i have to do for this i have no maney problem
thanks

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BobinOz May 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Well, yes, I can’t guarantee you will get your tourist visa, but you can certainly apply. Check out my page about Visas to find out how you can do it yourself, or my MARA registered migration agent can help you, I think he charges around $200 for a tourist visa, check out the Visa Assessment Service.

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Steph May 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

Hi me and my partner want to move to aus but not sure were to start i am 19 and he is 25. we want to move in about 3 years he will be finshed is apertship then as a roofer and i am a hairdresser can you help us???
thanks

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BobinOz May 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Difficult, because Australia has a skills list, but it changes every year. I’m not even sure if roofer or hairdresser is currently on it, but I am doubtful they are.

Australia is not an easy country to get into, you need enough points to qualify and usually that means you should have a professional qualification and probably a degree. Of course, there are many exceptions but it’s impossible to predict what the situation will be in three years time.

Take a look at my page about Visas, it’s a good place to start.

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Ian June 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

hey man,

im from the uk and so desperate to get out to oz. i was there on a 2 year WHV and loved it. Im a engineering storeman with forklift license and demand for this at all? or any tips in getting out there? cheers

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BobinOz June 4, 2012 at 1:22 am

It’s possible, not sure if either of your skills are on the list or not, but that list changes all the time anyway.

Check out my page about Visas, it’s as good a place as any to start.

Good luck!

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Navmeet Sahni June 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hey, i am assessed +ve on my ACS. Awaiting DIAC Assessment for my Medical to then be assessed for finally moving to OZ within about a year hopefully by June 2013. As of now, i am in dire need of advise on what to expect and accordingly be prepared for to be able to enter OZ before i make my move.

Any help is abosolutely appreciated.
You may wanna call me at my US/CAN MJ#: 949-825-9254
Skype ID: navmeet2007

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BobinOz June 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

That’s not something I do Navmeet, but there are over 600 pages of help on this website if you want to start reading. Cheers and congratulations!

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Tina Hare June 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hi Bob.

Hope you can help me :)
My family and I are in the middel of the whole process of trying to move to Australia. Right now we are loking for sponsored job to get a visa, and it is a jungle.

Do you, by any chance, know how we can find companies that are willing to sponsor workers from abroad?
The ambassy tells us that it is a simple formality to get the employer to sponsor us while the employers tells us to come back when we have our visa… So what to do? ( My husband is applying for job as an construction building manager and I am applying for Jobs A’s an Audio Visual Officer at one of the Universities in Melbourne)

How did you find a job? Did you simply send a million applications to alle the companies you could find or is there an easier way?

We are also a bit unsure about what kind of documents we need to send with the applications. Do we need the skills assesment document before aplying?
We already passed the IELTS language tests.

Thank you so much.

Best regards
Tina

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BobinOz June 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I am told it’s not easy to find a sponsorship because, effectively, an employee has to take a huge leap of faith to offer to sponsor someone for two years when they really don’t know that much about them.

But I can’t help you out any more than that, because neither of us came here on a sponsorship, we came on a permanent residency visa and started our own businesses when we got here. So neither of us have that experience.

Maybe somebody else reading this will be able to help you. Anybody?

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Tina Hare June 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hi Bob,

Thank you. I’ll try to contacting a few more emplyers instead and ask Them the same questions :)

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Mahesh June 17, 2012 at 3:55 am

Hi ,
If i qualify the point system of Professionals and other Skilled Migrants visa which is 65 ,what does it exactly mean ?
Does that mean i can apply for a Permanent residency ?
Does that mean i just have the permission to work in Australia ?

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BobinOz June 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

It means you can apply for permanent residency or, if you prefer, you could look for an employer to sponsor you on a temporary working visa. But, of course, you still have to apply for and successfully get either of those visas and there will be a few more hurdles to get over before that happens.

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Mahesh June 18, 2012 at 4:35 am

Thanks for the reply.
I dont have a sponsor.But, I m planning to stay permanently abroad.Australia.
So now i qualify the point system.
What next do i have to do ?
Get a permanent residency and
then a Professionals and other Skilled Migrants visa
and then get a job.
Correct ?

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BobinOz June 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

You need to apply for a permanent residency visa and if you are successful, then you can come to Australia to live and work. When you get here, you simply need to find a job. That’s what I think, but please understand I am not a MARA registered migration agent, if you want professional help and advice, see my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck!

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Mahesh June 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks !

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sinead June 18, 2012 at 1:25 am

hi my name is sinead im going to australia soon with my 1 year old daughter on a 1 year holiday visa,i wanted to know is it possible for me to get a sponsor while over there and get work and if possible live there thanks

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BobinOz June 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

It’s possible, very much depends on what you do and the qualifications you have. Good luck!

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sinead June 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

thanks bob i just need ta know how ta go about it while im over there as im not allowed to work on my holiday visa.if i was to get a sponsor over there can i work then or will i be sent home first

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BobinOz June 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Sorry, I can’t really give you any advice on this, other than you simply have to apply for as many jobs as possible and convince an employer of the benefits of offering you sponsorship. You would need to have a skill that is in some kind of demand here in Australia with, probably, good qualifications to match. Good luck!

Oh, I should add that no, you won’t be able to work on your holiday visa, so that will just make your task of convincing an employer even more difficult as you will not be able to show him the quality of your work.

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NGIRABAKUNZI DENIS June 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

Hi Bob thank you for the good work through your website. I studied computing at Gloscat College in UK and obtained a HND then returned to Uganda in East Africa. Are there chances for me to work in Austraria?

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BobinOz June 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Maybe, but I couldn’t possibly tell, I don’t think anybody can. The bigger question is would you qualify for a visa? You can look into that a little more by checking out my page about Visas.

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adeel khilji June 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

Hi bob this is adeel from pakistan i m intrested to buy a franchaise in australia i m graduated in journalism 2007 running dad’s buisness i m 24 nd can.invest 30 thousand us dollar. I need your assistance, how can i do that?
Best regards
adeel

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BobinOz June 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

That’s not something I do, give advice on business investments. I will tell you though that franchising is very popular in Australia, but I’m not sure you’ll get much for $30,000. Search for Australian franchises in Google for more information.

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teresa June 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I would like to move to Australia from the UK. i have just got a job as a relief lifestyle coordinator in the uk. i have always wanted to move to australia, im a single mum to seven kids, but i just dont know what to do please can you help…. I have tried to find a job in the uk but i dont know where to look…..

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BobinOz June 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Well, first off, you need to look to see what your chances are of getting a visa, best place to start with that one is my page called Visas.

Watch the video, then do as I have shown you to do on the government website.

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Abhi June 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Hi dear ,
I’m on TR visa, i need 7 bands each to get PR. Can I launch my file without 7 each and provide later on. Any idea buddy.?
Thanks

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BobinOz June 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I wouldn’t think so, but I don’t know for sure. Does anyone else know the answer to this?

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Jade June 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Hi I’m Jade 21 me and my partner Ricky 23 are looking to move to Australia unsure for how long we would wish to stay currently I work for a large supermarket on there management program and Ricky currently works for an art company qualified in handling expensive art also he is a fully qualified electrician has done other trades on the side could someone please guide us on the best options we have to start the process. Thanks very much Jade

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BobinOz June 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I would think your best option would be to try to qualify on the basis of your partners qualifications as an electrician. But I don’t know for sure, I’m not a MARA registered migration agent, if you’re serious about moving here, check out my Visa Assessment Service. The guy who does that on my behalf is qualified to guide you and explain to you your best options. Good luck!

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Michelle July 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hi,

Looking for some advice please, my boyfriend and I are wanting to move to Oz he is a building surveyor and looking to go down the route of a sponsored visa. I have a biology and biochemistry degree but have not worked in the field, I have admin experience which I know isn’t on the skilled list. How can we go to Oz together? Is there a partner visa we can get if my boyfriend gets a sponsored job first?

Thanks

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BobinOz July 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I think it’s possible for you to be included on your boyfriends application as long as you can prove that you live together “as man and wife” and have done for more than one year.

I believe that means providing things like rental agreements or utility bills, that sort of thing, in joint names. Hope that helps and good luck!

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mike July 5, 2012 at 3:46 am

Hi bob its mike hear I have posted a couple of times and your info has been spot on and extremely helpful to me.
I realise you are a busy man and some questions must seem mundane to you but I just have one more for you.
with the changes that have come into effect in the last number of days has this affected the employer Sponsored visa?I am trying to arrange Sponsorship or at least have work arranged for when I arrive as a springboard to the Sponsorship.I just want to have all my info in hand when applying for jobs in the mean time.
I realise it it a pretty vague question for you to answer but if you had any info or even a link that i could follow just to put my mind at ease.

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BobinOz July 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hi Mike

Well, you should start by reading my recent post called Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!

If you feel you need more help, you might like to check out my Visa Assessment Service which is done by a professional MARA registered migration agent. He would be able to put your mind at rest on all the finer points. Cheers!

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selvaraj February 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

hi,
I hope your blog can help me out to find a way in migrating to australia. I have completed masters degree in computer science and engineering also i have experience in several fields like teaching as a assistant professor and in Business Development as a Manager. I have a come from basic background in my family and i need guidance to get job with PR to work and live in australia. I couldn beleive agencies since some of them were fake and am unable to afford the cost they c