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US To Australia Immigration (Project Management)


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Old 07-10-2013, 02:04 PM
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US To Australia Immigration (Project Management)

I've been researching migration from the U.S. to Australia for a while now but continue to struggle with whether or not it is possible to obtain a VISA in my field of work. I've decided to simply throw the question out and hope someone can help clear up my confusion.

Here is my situation:

I'm a business and IT program / project management professional with more than 10-years experience managing large enterprise-level projects in media, finance and healthcare lines-of-business. My resume is very applicable to the U.S. corporate environment, and if need be, I'm fortunate that my career has unfolded in such a way that it would allow me to find another position in just about any U.S. city within a couple weeks.

However, I've found no mention of 'project management' as an in-demand skill that would qualify for a 457 VISA an Australian company might be able to sponsor.

That having been said, Australia is very attractive for my wife and I, and we also have two small children. Specifically, we are researching relocation opportunities for moving to Perth, which we feel would be a prefect fit for us socially and for a number of other reasons. Plus, we simply want to explore a new challenge and experience.

I have no doubt employment opportunities exist, but whether I qualify under Australian immigration laws is my ultimate concern.

So that brings me to my most pressing questions:

1) If I don't have a specialization that would apply to a job category such as a pharmacist or mining operator, should I even be looking at a 457 VISA sponsorship?

2) Is it possible to migrate to Australia and obtain work without sponsorship? Is there a way to obtain a general work VISA that would allow me to seek employment on my own terms? I'm not young enough to qualify for a working holiday VISA, so I know that is not an option. Is sponsorship a must?

3) Which would it be best to pursue, employment and then apply for a work VISA or obtain a VISA and then seek work? I would think the latter would be preferable because it would allow for a quicker transition, but I'm not sure if it is possible.

Any help would be very much appreciated. My timeline is about 1-year and I'm doing everything I can to determine whether short-term, long-term or even permanent migration to Australia is an option.


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Old 07-12-2013, 01:44 PM
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Hi,

If you really wanna do it, you can find a way.
I am somewhat close, but actually also quite far away from the situation you described. I worked for the past 2 years in Project Mangement (my first job after Uni). With this experience I started looking up opportunities to get to Australia in November 2012.
What you need first is a skilled occupation. If you don't have that, you can bury your dreams of going to OZ on a PR Visa immediately (unless you go on a partner Visa).
I quickly came up with the occupation "511112 Program or Project Administrator". This is an occupation on the CSOL (I am using all the specific terms As I think the minimum I can expect from you is to have the basic knowledge about skillselect). Therefore you can consider a 190 Visa. This means, that you need to find a state that is willing to sponsor you.
At the moment there are 3 states sponsoring this code:

ACT (very limited job opportunities)
SA (Job is currently limited, and therefore not open for applications)
WA (currently available, I applied there 2 weeks ago)

As you said you are interested in the Perth area, I think, the WA SS should be your first pick. WIth the sponsorship you commit yourself to live the first 2 years after arrival in the designated state.

The first thing you need to do is to get your skills assessed. This can be done at Vetassess. you should calculate around 3 months for the assessment, it cost 700 $.
In the meantime you should do an IELTS test. You may be native and exempted, but I guess you might be running short of points. You need 60, of which 5 will be granted due to the SS. Probable 25 more for age, 10 for work experience and 15 for eduation would give you 55. Unless your partner doesn't have a skilled occupation on the list (which would need to be assessed again) you should go for the IELTS. FOr native speakers it should not be a big deal to get 7 in each discipline. I got it to and compared to a native speaker my English is not perfect (although ofr an non-native it is quite decent).

After IELTS and VETASSESS the process is pretty straight forward. you should get your Visa is 3-4 months after the grant of the state sponsorship.

My timeline in Summary:

NOV/12: Decision to Migrate
FEB/13: IELTS
APR/13: Vetassess Documents ready
JUN/13: Positive Skillsassessment, Launch of EOI, Application for SS
JUL/13: Grant of SS, Application for VISA, Medical, PCC
OCT/13: Expected grant Date

Costs: IELTS 300 $,VETASSESS 700$, VISA (3000 $ you+ 1500$ your wife+ 750$ each kid); Medical 300$. So round about 7 grands (without migration agent).

However WA is currently revising their state occupation list. So it may very well be the case that end of october you are all but gone. Just have to pray for the occupation to stay on the list, because until October there is no way that you get your skills assessment done (unless you already have all the documentation ready right now).

The big advantage of the 190 is that you are not dependent on the mood / caprices of an employer. If you are on a 457 and he decides to lay you off, you are basically busted. On a 190 you say well thank you (or fQ!*$ you, depending on the circumstances) and look for another job.

The only doubt I have right now is how easily will I find a job in Perth. I mean I have only very limited work experience and no local experience. So I am truly not doubtful about the question if I go, but more when I go (I'd prefer to have some more additional savings, as my girlfriend who is coming with me, doesn't speak English and doesn't have a tertiary education neither, so I will be the only earner in Australia).

Hopes this post answers some of your questions (Of course not all because I a no Migration agent). And you will find ALL the Information online; I did the entire process all by myself, everything is provided.

And yes if you wonder whether I am German (due to the very structured process), yes I am

Best of Luck.


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