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Old 11-18-2012, 10:26 AM
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To very quickly bring the situation up to speed, I have been in Australia on a 417 visa since September 2011, and in February 2012 started working for an employer in sales, who I then applied for sponsorship with on a 457 visa as a contracts administrator in August/September. This later fell apart due to differences of opinion with my employer, which lead to my resignation and the 457 visa no longer being an option as a result. I am on the very end of my '28 days to leave' visa, and return home to Ireland tomorrow until the new year.

In terms of experience, it was always going to be touch-and-go as I did not have the full three years required experience nor a college degree (though according to the immigration lawyers we used, it would still have been more likely be to granted than not due to an appeal of exceptional performance or some such?).

Anyway, what is killing me now is that I have met somebody in the last two months, and she and I are devastated over having to be split apart (she is in a role she cannot leave for the foreseeable future, and with how things are in Ireland right now it would make no sense to migrate there). We obviously would not qualify for defacto due to the time we have been together (and there is next-to-nothing to even prove that timeframe), although she is Australian if that helps in any way?

So now I am heading home until the new year, and considering going to NZ to be as close as possible to her for the next while. On the plus side I will also be completing my thesis for my honours bachelors degree in Film & Literature, so as of about June/July it should make re-entry to Australia a lot easier for me, or at least I hope!

I am in a desperate situation right now, trying to find a way to get back into Australia on -any- form of Visa that will allow me to work in some capacity, but have already used my 417 visa and never did the farm work as I was applying for a 457 at the time. A skilled visa would of course be preferable, but really anything will do.

So to summarise:
- Irish male, 26 years old.
- No college degree yet, but will have one by July 2013 (Film & Literature).
- Not eligible via three+ years work experience in a skilled role.
- 417 visa expired, do not have a second year to avail of.
- Seeing an Australian (the crux of -needing- to get back), but not for long enough to claim a defacto relationship.

One option I am considering is a student visa for a masters degree in film, but again that will likely take a while to get in place.

Any and all advise would be hugely appreciated, I am at my wit's end at this point!


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Old 11-18-2012, 05:27 PM
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There is a huge big fee waiting for u if u want to come as an international student


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Old 11-18-2012, 09:16 PM
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Student option is an expensive path. However if no other options are available this might be the best option. You will also gain a qualification which will be recognized and accepted by Aussie employers.
You might try looking into obtaining a sponsorship as well. Quite a few of Irish folks are coming on 457 here

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:57 AM
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Student option is an expensive path. However if no other options are available this might be the best option. You will also gain a qualification which will be recognized and accepted by Aussie employers.
You might try looking into obtaining a sponsorship as well. Quite a few of Irish folks are coming on 457 here
Yeah, that has crossed my mind - I have a number of friends who are engineers and accountants over here, and of course in those occupations they were able to get sponsored very easily. However in film/literature, it's not nearly as easy to get sponsored. In sales it is a little easier again, but it will be very difficult nonetheless as I do not have enough experience to qualify for that (<3 years), or at least that is what I would assume.

One of my most likely paths to getting a 457 would likely be sales roles in the media/entertainment industry, but that is quite a niche market and can be incredibly difficult to get into. So while I will be doing an EOI form for something along those lines, it is hardly something I will be holding my breath on.

The student visa seems the best short-term option on one hand, but on the other it is not: I will still be getting my thesis done to complete my bachelors which in Ireland will be awarded officially in in June/July, so as best I know as the Aussie school year runs Jan-Dec(ish) that would eliminate my options of getting back for the guts of another year. My best option there might be to find a one-year course commencing in -3 months, and do that in conjunction with completing my thesis while working as much as I legally can at the same time in order to support myself. On the plus side that would allow me to claim for defacto as of late next year I guess - does anybody know if it is acceptable to get an Australian student visa while enrolled in a college in Ireland (though only for a thesis, no classes)?

I think a visit to the Australian embassy is in order as soon as I get home!


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Yeah, you can apply. All universities care is your money. By the way there are usually two intakes in universities in September (for Jan semester) and in March for (July semester). Dates might differ but most unis run two or three intakes a year.
With media, you are right. There is a major consolidation process happening now where two largest media companies (Seven and Nine) are pushing away traditional print and non digital organizations like Ten and Fairfax

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