Independent employment visa for Oz without requiring PR?

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Independent employment visa for Oz without requiring PR?


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Old 01-15-2012, 12:29 PM
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Independent employment visa for Oz without requiring PR?

My husband and I intend to migrate to Australia, but there doesn't appear to be any temporary working visa that isn't sponsored.

We have travelled around the world for years (South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, UK, Guyana) and our initial visa was always just a standard working visa, (with extensions applied periodically when needed).
We then entered the country, secured jobs and worked away happily for years.

From everything I have read on the immi.gov.au site, it doesn't appear that Australia offers this sort of visa.
Either, you need be employer/state-sponsored to get a temporary working visa, OR you need to apply for permanent residency.

Is there not just a simple, old-fashioned working visa we can apply for, without sponsorship, and without a secured job?
Why must we apply for permanent residency??

We easily qualify for Permanent Residency (I have 95, he has 90 points) and we, fortunately, can afford the expense of the visa and the move (and shipping & quarantine for the dog!), but the PR application process is such a massive deal- timescale being the biggest hindrance (I want to leave asap), .

Information which might assist someone in thinking of an unusual visa we might apply for:
-I'm a teacher, he is an engineer.
-We are both in our early 30s.
-We have family members there (my brother in Melb, his sister and b-i-l in Perth, his parents in Perth). We do have family living elsewhere (Europe and South America).
-I have a Uni of Melb undergraduate degree.

To anyone who can help in any way, I am grateful.
Thx


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