need help starting a new life

May 12th, 2001, 07:34 AM
Richard mansfield
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need help starting a new life

Lookijg to move to aussie for at least a year. Maybe permanently, but not sure how to start. any ideas, I really need some help !!

Does anyone know how to find jobs in austrailia, and accomodation.


May 12th, 2001, 11:08 PM
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Hi Richard,

I'm sure that this topic has been posted previously, but just in case you didn't see it - moving to Australia permanently is difficult (and depends on your nationality). If your American it could be VERY hard to move here to live unless you are sponsored which is very, very difficult (you must prove that you are a specialist in your career/job).

I have been through all this with my wife - it's taken almost two years for her application to be approved and she is married (legitimately) to an Australian citizen (me !).

I could help with further advice, so don't be afraid to post questions here

Touristscan get a Visa for up to a year (again if your American you are not entitled to a working holiday Visa - only citizens of Commonwealth counties are ie; UK, Canada etc)...

Good luck with your travels and hope you enjoy this wonderful country...
May 12th, 2001, 11:12 PM
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Hi there,

Just further from the above posters messge -- to get a working holiday Visa, you must be under a certain age (26 I think it is).

If you are able to come across, the following are employment related websites (national)

I have also been through the drama's of spouce immigration - I wouldn't wish that process on my worst enemy.
Jun 10th, 2001, 10:19 AM
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Hi Si,

Cheers for responding. I had missed the previous coverage of this topic.

Your letter changes our plans a bit. Since we were planning to apply for jobs online, whilst still in the uk.

Getting a working visa and going to the job we applied for.

I am 25 now and will be 26 in december, so perhaps I should just get the 1 year work visa and get moving asap!!
Then get sponsorship as after 4 years you can get residency ( I think )

We are both graduates but my girlfreind is an IT proffessional. So we thought that we should get accepted if going for residency.

Please let us know what you think, and any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated .

Jun 10th, 2001, 01:41 PM
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Hi Richard,
I think the age limit is actually 30 years of age. Contact the Australian High Commission in London (Australia House, The Strand) to apply for a working visa. This will allow you up to 12 months in Australia on a working holiday which is probably a good length of time to see how you feel about living here.

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Jun 11th, 2001, 05:39 PM
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Hi there,

I work in Sydney in IT and at the moment there really is a very definite slump in the market.

My advice would be to really expect that you may not get employment straight away and in that case have a backup plan (ie; perhaps do a short bartending course) or at least some money saved?.

Just remember that sponsorship is hard even if you have a working Visa. Also residency is a long and expensive process. Make sure that you know what is required before you come (ie: character references, stat dec's, police clearance letters) because, I have just been through the whole immigration situation with my husband - and tiring it is !!.

Applying for jobs online is fine but you may find that a lot of agencies give you the "give us a call when you get here spiel" ..

Good luck with it all, hope it works out great for you both ...

Keep us posted on the outcome.

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