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Old 12-03-2009, 09:04 AM
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I am new to this forum and just recently started to think about migrating to Australia. I saw a range of visas and 'Skilled Independent Migrant Visa-175' seems like the most interesting one. I have a couple of questions. My wife and me are both of the same profession with similar working experience (life scientists with PhD). Do we apply for one visa or two? When granted a visa, how can one find a job, do they help you find a job?


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Hi Mikki an welcome to the forum,
When a visa is applied for, there is the primary applicant which in your case could be either you or your wife by the sounds of things and a partner, married or not and any other family members become secondary applicants.

If you start off on the Immi site @ Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration and take Visa Options you'll by following the relevant choices get to the 175 Visas and on opening any Visa page you'll see five section headings, the middle one being "eligibility" and opening that up you'll find a choice for primary and secondary applicants.

On the page I've given, you'll also see a couple of links, the top one titled "Whats New......." and that'll take you to the latest processing priorities FAQ as at 23/9/09, a review underway at the moment with an announcement due sometime before too long and it'll be posted on Whats New.
The other link there to Skilled Occupations Sought [SOL] will show you Occupational Classifications and Qualification Assessment Authorities, having Qualifications assessed being an independent and preliminary step to immigration application.

Using the points allocation from SOL and the "eligibility" section table you can do a self assessment.
The Visa section "applying for this visa" has a Checklist and becoming knowledgeable about the process and using that, you should have little difficulty in putting an application in.

The Visa is just to enter Australia and no assistance in finding a job though there is a Skills Matching Database you can register on once you have a 175 application in.

Another alternative you may want to look at is the Employer Sponsored Visas, that being the favoured approach by the government and used for a wide range of occupations by various organisations.
With Scientists being a relatively small field and in fact limited research done in Australia, it could be that you could seek out various employment possibilities to see what opportunities there may be.
Have a look starting with Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration

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