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Trying to immigrate after 40


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Old 12-02-2011, 01:55 AM
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Trying to immigrate after 40

After doing ALOT of research on Australian Immigration laws, I'm becoming increasing concerned about my chances. I'm 42 yrs old, and have been primarily in the Construction industry (owned my own company for 10 years), and was a commercial superintendent. Presently I work in the Aerospace industry after our construction market collapsed. I can't enter on a working holiday visa, because I'm over 30. I don't seem to be able to get enough points from the skilled migration visa (once again I lose points for being over 40), and I can't get a Company to hire me without a visa, and I can't get a working visa without a company, so I'm in a bit of a situation and can use some advice. I've looked on recruitment sites but they all seem to require that I have a working visa, so I see that as a dead end. Let me thank you in advance for any assistance you're able to give.


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Old 12-02-2011, 01:41 PM
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I can relate to what you going through. I applied successfully before I turned 41 and before the rules changed on 1 July2011. I don't know what visa you applying for, but the only thing you may have control over is your IELTS. Above 40 you'll need at least a score of 8 in each band (not easy). You need to score 65 point. You're not losing points for being 42, you just need more points than the younger folks to get in. I wish you luck.

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Old 12-02-2011, 03:47 PM
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Forgive my ignorance, but I really have no idea what IELTS stands for. Is this the skilled migration points test?


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Old 12-02-2011, 03:56 PM
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Dear friend, IELTS (international English language testing system or something to that effect) is an exam you take which ( if you score 8 in each band) gives you 10 points towards your goal of 65 points. The maximum score is 9!

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He is from USA, does not need IELTS... English was your first language right?


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Oh ok, ty. Yes, I was born in the US so english is my primary language. I also speak spanish, but I don't qualify for the points as an interpreter, because I'm not certified. I used to be an interpreter for the hearing impaired, but my certs are too far out of date. I still think my best chance is to get a company to help sponsor me. I know your mining industry is booming, but I can't seem to find a good contact into that arena.


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Old 12-03-2011, 12:51 AM
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I think the easiest way for you is to apply for a student visa, and do any course, it does not matter which one. At least then, you will get your foot in the door and look for work. You have certain amount of hours of legal work on a student visa. You just have to attend a class part time! Look at courses at Tafe NSW, if you decide to reside in Sydney.

Then you can try the mines and get a sponsor for a working visa onshore.


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I've looked at the student visas. You're limited on the amount of hours you can work, and I'm not sure I can survive on the 20 hours a week (I don't recall the exact amount but I know it's not many) plus I have to show financial stability to cover however many years I plan on attending. I wish I could do the working holiday visa....it's a shame it has an age limit on it. Anyhow, thank you for your responses. Any suggestions are appreciated.


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20 hours / week legally yes. There is always *hint* *hint* cash in hand jobs.


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Old 12-03-2011, 01:16 AM
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I've thought about it, trust me, I really have, lol. I just don't want to do anything that might jeopardize a permanent residency application later on. I think I need to show about 20,000 cash to be able to do the student visa.....sighs......know any single women that need a man to fix things their house? lol.


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