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Old 02-06-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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Could anyonre give me some advice I am looking to move to Australia with my Wife and 10 year old son but I am now 53 and dont know if I am wasting my time,I have worked in the water industry for over 25years throughout the UK and have never had time with my Family my 2 of the 3 boys we have brought up are working as mechanical engineers and will be looking to move to Australia in the future - could anyone give me some advice this would be appreciated.
We are thinking of visiting Australia to see what the work situation was like and try and secure sponsorship would this be the right thing to do.


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Old 02-07-2010, 12:48 AM
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Hi
Could anyonre give me some advice I am looking to move to Australia with my Wife and 10 year old son but I am now 53 and dont know if I am wasting my time,I have worked in the water industry for over 25years throughout the UK and have never had time with my Family my 2 of the 3 boys we have brought up are working as mechanical engineers and will be looking to move to Australia in the future - could anyone give me some advice this would be appreciated.
We are thinking of visiting Australia to see what the work situation was like and try and secure sponsorship would this be the right thing to do.
Hi Stephen and welcome to the forum.
I'll just give you a little insight here [just concentrating on skills and the family] and then as you review the situation, our Visas&Immigration section will have more info and best section to ask more detailed questions.
. Families immigration can have difficulties where older children are involved [ sometimes with younger ones too] and for your older boys and you and the rest of the family it is a case at this stage of looking at either of the skills approaches.
Workers - Visas & Immigration and the top two headings/links there can be followed for either, the Immi site having heaps of info but it is relatively easy to follow if you just keep reading and following further links.
To some specifics:
. Your situation is the more difficult for at 53 you are well past the normal 45 years cut-off age for skilled applications and the only real chance you'll have is in the Employer Sponsor area where for temporary residency sponsorship there is not the age barrier and with permanent residency sponsorship there are possibilitions of age restriction exemption.
You'll find details of that under the employees eligibility sections for the permanent residency ENS/RMS visas where a number of options are presented and a careful read is necessary of the eligibility requirements.
Nothing is ever certain re immigration approvals but if you have qualifications to go with your experience, that'll be in your favour [ and without qualifications the task difficulty increases significantly, not that it is too low anyway] as is the governement focus on Employer Sponsorship as a high priority for immigration.

Australia also has a number of states investing heavily in desalination and recycling plants to help our driest of continents people from dying of thirst and so the water industry does get more complex and demanding of skills.

. Your older lads with mechanical engineering qualifications/experience would be prime candidates for independent skilled migration, a basic requirement for that being 12 months experience in the past 24 so hopefully they have that.
It is somewhat ironic that whereas Australia may have engineers listed as a Critical Skill [high demand] the system fails to recognise that graduates overseas may struggle to get work in the current economic climate!, though there is some provision made for recent graduates of well recognised universities with what is called the 476 Graduate Visa - following the Professionals and other Skilled Workers Link and Visa Options you'll find the 476 along with the 175 and 176 as the main skilled visas for Outside of Australia [offshore] applicants.

If they do not fit in with any of the above there is another skilled option which would involve them initially getting a Working Holiday Visa 417 [ if under 31 ]
Visa Options - Working Holiday - Visas & Immigration
That is a qualifying visa for an In Australia [Onshore] 487 Provisional visa,[ a kind of equivalent for the offshore 475 ] the idea for both being to allow eligible applicants to attain the experience necessary to meet PR visa requirements.

. For work in general, though Australia has also suffered employment wise re economy hits of the past 12+ months there are a number of major resource projects in preliminary construction or planning phases with high employment demands, there being mega Gas Export projects over in WA and just yesterday a new 20 year export deal re coal to China [largest yet], a whole new mine, railway and port loading system to be constructed in Queensland and still a number of desalination plants to require skilled people in planning, construction and operation along with the all the normal government department demands re general infrastructure construction and upgrades etc.
So you could say for Engineers, the future looks good and the sooner your lads can get into it the better.

. Back to yourself and if the Employer Sponsorship does not work out, maybe it'll be a longer term view of life you might have to consider for if your youngest lad goes on to attain skills in a good area [ and engineering is pretty good] and can also independently emigrate, you and your wife could then consider the aged parents visas.

But certainly have a look at the Employer Sponsorship concept and for Queensland there is a special Water Infrastructure section - Queensland Water Infrastructure > Home and a link there via the menu on left via Water situation and SEQ grid to Department of Infrastructure and Planning.
Likewise there'll be a departments in NSW and Victoria where large water projects including desalination are in construction and/or planned with some already operating.
If drier times and increased population as predicted come about, there'll certainly be no stopping demands.

So have a read and the thinking caps on and plenty more info in Visas&Immigration as said.
Best Wishes.

Edit: Had Visa numbers mixed up and have made correction above re 487 for the 475 and similar to that and not 475/476.





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Thanks for the information I will be busy now looking into all the routes I might take to secure a move.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:51 PM
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Plans for Qld dam open for comment is an article tha mentions a bit about water infrastructure works for the China coal deal - Sun Water seem to be the authority for the region.

Some of the long awaited changes on immigration processing assessments and prioritising have been announced too. You can read about it @
http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-...riorities.html





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