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Hello, everyone. I am new to the forum, so I apologize in advance if I am posting incorrectly. I am a university lecturer in Texas and am looking to relocate to Australia to be with my kiwi boyfriend who lives in Sydney. I have two master's degrees and eight years of university teaching experience primarily in the field of English literature and creative writing. (although I have a master's degree in Dance as well). To make a long story short, I will graduate with my PhD in Humanities in August 2013, but I was hoping to figure out a plan or job before then since I am able to relocate now because I am writing my dissertation.

I'm detecting a "chicken vs. egg" situation: I see that most university teaching positions require that I already have a work visa before applying or being able to accept a job offer, and yet it seems that I would require university sponsorship in order to get a visa in the first place. I know that I would probably qualify for a skilled visa, but I don't have $4000 saved for assessment & application fees. I also know that most uni teaching positions require a PhD as a prereq, but I've found enough jobs that accept ABDs, which I am. So the lack of visa is the problem.

Does anyone have advice on how to go about applying for or getting a university lectureship position? Is the skilled visa the best option for me? (I'm 31 by the way, too old for a working holiday visa). I would also consider getting engaged/married, but that is another expensive option, and to be honest, I want to immigrate for a job more than for a relationship status. I'd like to wait a year or two to save money before getting married.

Any university teachers or more senior professors have any advice?

Thanks, y'all.

AJ from Texas
 

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Hey AJ. As far as I can tell there are some jobs that sponsor PHd grads, mostly med and physics
Your bf should be able to sponsor you with work rights, as long as you have a history of mutual commitment. NZ citizens have additional rights including ability to sponsor due to trans Tasman agreement.
 

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Thanks, Boboa. I hadn't heard about sponsorship through a non-married relationship before. We do have 2 years' worth of proof of our relationship. I'll have to write to Aus immigration & see if I can get the details on that. I'm guessing that I may have to wait until I have the PhD in hand to get a proper job with sponsorship. Humanities fields are less in demand than the sciences, that's for sure. Thanks again.
 

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Thanks, Boboa. I hadn't heard about sponsorship through a non-married relationship before. We do have 2 years' worth of proof of our relationship. I'll have to write to Aus immigration & see if I can get the details on that. I'm guessing that I may have to wait until I have the PhD in hand to get a proper job with sponsorship. Humanities fields are less in demand than the sciences, that's for sure. Thanks again.
There is a whole range of these, from partner visa (I.e. being attached to whatever visa your partner has) to interdependent and PMV visas. You can research governmental website for further information.

Humanities are in demand, as these are where most international students study (plus IT and Business). It's just not on the level of scientific lecturers due to acute shortage of later
 

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...I'll have to write to Aus immigration & see if I can get the details on that. I'm guessing that I may have to wait until I have the PhD in hand to get a proper job with sponsorship. Humanities fields are less in demand than the sciences, that's for sure.
Hi AJ,

Thinking out of the box is just one great clever move. Australia would really love to have you as an immigrant and I bet your kiwi boyfriend must've been a very lucky guy. I will look forward to hear from you. I'm sure with your expertise in writing, your future responses to the threads will be something to look up to.

I wish you all the best of luck.

Adam
 

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Thanks, Adam. I am trying to think outside the box. It's a little frustrating since I don't know anyone else in Australia, but I do think I will get there eventually. I'm going to start by emailing about my specific situation and maybe I'll learn more from the conversations here on the forum. Thanks for your encouragement. --AJ
 

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Thanks, Adam. I am trying to think outside the box. It's a little frustrating since I don't know anyone else in Australia, but I do think I will get there eventually. I'm going to start by emailing about my specific situation and maybe I'll learn more from the conversations here on the forum. Thanks for your encouragement. --AJ
You're welcome AJ. I'm pretty sure you will find the topics under "Australia Immigration Forum" very helpful. BTW, Australia is a place for friendly people and those who always are ready to help. And don't worry about that - once you arrived, you will get to know more people around here. Good Luck.
 
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