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Old 03-01-2010, 10:32 PM
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457 to residency... the journey begins!

Good Morning/Evening Everyone,

I'll try and make it short and sweet as not to bore all of you, but like everyone else posting on here, I have my very own unique situation that I would love some advice on if at all possible. Any options or ideas would be very much appreciated so don't hesitate to post away!

I'm currently working full-time in Brisbane on a 457 Visa as a Programs Coordinator at a Tennis Centre. My 457 Visa was granted in April '09 after working for my current company casually from July '08. I have a Sports Science degree from the Uk and am looking to get some kind of permanent residency so I am not 'bound' to my job and am able to come back to Australia if I do decide to leave. I have done plenty of preliminary reasearch and am starting to understand my options a little more. I was wondering if you kind, kind people can help me on my journey of getting this 'elusive' visa and generally point my in the right'ish' direction.

As most of you would have found out by now, staying in this country seems to be one of the more difficult things you will go through in your life and their webiste is as confusing as calculus... My understanding of my options are below, I do have a few questions with these options so please feel free to help when you can! Thanks everyone!

Option 1: 175 sub class Visa
- A visa that can be applied for when in the country but you must be outside if and when it is granted. Must have 120 points - which I do think I have. However - I was hoping my job would be under 'sports administrator' however after contacting VETASSESS recently they have informed me that I have to have an Australian Higher degree. Does it have to be Australian? Could it be alright with my Degree from the Uk? After looking more and more at this visa it seems more difficult to obtain. Does anyone also know what changes they are making mid year? Will they make the SOL list shorter or longer?

Option 2: Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)
- A visa I have just been looking at this morning in more detail. I never really considered it as an option as I thought you had to work for your employer for a further 3 years. After reading one of the threads on this website this morning apparently it is only the 'intention' to work for three more years and immigration won't really care either way. Is this a good visa to get then? Can the company pay more of the fee to put it through? Any rough timelines or regulations on this visa?

Option 3: De-facto visa
- Another option that has just come up recently. My girlfriend and I have been going out for about a year now and are very close and practically live with each other. Does the de-facto visa mean you have to live with each other for 12 months or proove you have been together for 12 months. And once again, what are timelines on getting this visa? Or any other general points to note?

To those of you who are still reading this, thank you! Any help is much appreciated and I will be keeping everyone up to date on this blog and looking forward to it! Not looking forward to the visa process though :unsure:

Any other options, ideas or opinions please let me know! Thanks so much.

Speak to you all soon!

Alex


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Old 03-01-2010, 11:02 PM
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Good Morning/Evening Everyone,

I'll try and make it short and sweet as not to bore all of you, but like everyone else posting on here, I have my very own unique situation that I would love some advice on if at all possible. Any options or ideas would be very much appreciated so don't hesitate to post away!

I'm currently working full-time in Brisbane on a 457 Visa as a Programs Coordinator at a Tennis Centre. My 457 Visa was granted in April '09 after working for my current company casually from July '08. I have a Sports Science degree from the Uk and am looking to get some kind of permanent residency so I am not 'bound' to my job and am able to come back to Australia if I do decide to leave. I have done plenty of preliminary reasearch and am starting to understand my options a little more. I was wondering if you kind, kind people can help me on my journey of getting this 'elusive' visa and generally point my in the right'ish' direction.

As most of you would have found out by now, staying in this country seems to be one of the more difficult things you will go through in your life and their webiste is as confusing as calculus... My understanding of my options are below, I do have a few questions with these options so please feel free to help when you can! Thanks everyone!

Option 1: 175 sub class Visa
- A visa that can be applied for when in the country but you must be outside if and when it is granted. Must have 120 points - which I do think I have. However - I was hoping my job would be under 'sports administrator' however after contacting VETASSESS recently they have informed me that I have to have an Australian Higher degree. Does it have to be Australian? Could it be alright with my Degree from the Uk? After looking more and more at this visa it seems more difficult to obtain. Does anyone also know what changes they are making mid year? Will they make the SOL list shorter or longer?

Option 2: Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)
- A visa I have just been looking at this morning in more detail. I never really considered it as an option as I thought you had to work for your employer for a further 3 years. After reading one of the threads on this website this morning apparently it is only the 'intention' to work for three more years and immigration won't really care either way. Is this a good visa to get then? Can the company pay more of the fee to put it through? Any rough timelines or regulations on this visa?

Option 3: De-facto visa
- Another option that has just come up recently. My girlfriend and I have been going out for about a year now and are very close and practically live with each other. Does the de-facto visa mean you have to live with each other for 12 months or proove you have been together for 12 months. And once again, what are timelines on getting this visa? Or any other general points to note?

To those of you who are still reading this, thank you! Any help is much appreciated and I will be keeping everyone up to date on this blog and looking forward to it! Not looking forward to the visa process though :unsure:

Any other options, ideas or opinions please let me know! Thanks so much.

Speak to you all soon!

Alex
Well, seems you're doing a reasonable swat on the calculus Alex and just a few comments:
1. A 175 without the occupation having a priority could be on the never never and What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration is good for more swatting and no bridging visa.
Qualifications will usually be assessed against a benchmark and so it is likely that Vetassess will compare your degree to that of a nominated Australian curriculum.
We hear of changes when they are announced but if the Minister's words are anything to go on, reviewing the SOL may mean a close look at some occupations that are not considered essential or of a high priority/benefit to Australia's development.

2. one of the ENS requirements is in deed to just have employment on offer that is ongoing for three years and any contract is between employer/employee.
However, the government/Immi/the Minister do see the ENS as their golden haired child and you know what parents can be like if there develops a trend of people messing with a favoured.
There are of course other requirements for eligibility of both parties and the position and as to fee payments, that's up to you and the employer.
The visas can be progressed within six months and a lot quicker if all supporting documentation is obtained beforehand.

3. Have a closer look at defacto visa eligibility requirements and the 12 months relationship requirement link.
Can be processed within a few months if all documentation is together and application is well presented when you're eligible.





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hello, i,m in a really similar situation then you.i,m on a 457visa since 2007 as an electrician.
as i already had all my files together i appied 18month ago for a 175visa online by myself.
since i'm waiting for progress of the visa im quiet sure i handed all the needed documents in.haven't seen any change on the online check.
getting a bit nervous as i read all that stuff about visas being cancelled or refused as i'm in the country.
did you make a dessision on what you gona do?
i'm also in a relationship longer then 12month but rather keep my girlfriend out of the progress.

best regards

tom


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Good Morning/Evening Everyone,

I'll try and make it short and sweet as not to bore all of you, but like everyone else posting on here, I have my very own unique situation that I would love some advice on if at all possible. Any options or ideas would be very much appreciated so don't hesitate to post away!

I'm currently working full-time in Brisbane on a 457 Visa as a Programs Coordinator at a Tennis Centre. My 457 Visa was granted in April '09 after working for my current company casually from July '08. I have a Sports Science degree from the Uk and am looking to get some kind of permanent residency so I am not 'bound' to my job and am able to come back to Australia if I do decide to leave. I have done plenty of preliminary reasearch and am starting to understand my options a little more. I was wondering if you kind, kind people can help me on my journey of getting this 'elusive' visa and generally point my in the right'ish' direction.

As most of you would have found out by now, staying in this country seems to be one of the more difficult things you will go through in your life and their webiste is as confusing as calculus... My understanding of my options are below, I do have a few questions with these options so please feel free to help when you can! Thanks everyone!

Option 1: 175 sub class Visa
- A visa that can be applied for when in the country but you must be outside if and when it is granted. Must have 120 points - which I do think I have. However - I was hoping my job would be under 'sports administrator' however after contacting VETASSESS recently they have informed me that I have to have an Australian Higher degree. Does it have to be Australian? Could it be alright with my Degree from the Uk? After looking more and more at this visa it seems more difficult to obtain. Does anyone also know what changes they are making mid year? Will they make the SOL list shorter or longer?

Option 2: Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)
- A visa I have just been looking at this morning in more detail. I never really considered it as an option as I thought you had to work for your employer for a further 3 years. After reading one of the threads on this website this morning apparently it is only the 'intention' to work for three more years and immigration won't really care either way. Is this a good visa to get then? Can the company pay more of the fee to put it through? Any rough timelines or regulations on this visa?

Option 3: De-facto visa
- Another option that has just come up recently. My girlfriend and I have been going out for about a year now and are very close and practically live with each other. Does the de-facto visa mean you have to live with each other for 12 months or proove you have been together for 12 months. And once again, what are timelines on getting this visa? Or any other general points to note?

To those of you who are still reading this, thank you! Any help is much appreciated and I will be keeping everyone up to date on this blog and looking forward to it! Not looking forward to the visa process though :unsure:

Any other options, ideas or opinions please let me know! Thanks so much.

Speak to you all soon!

Alex
Option #1 may not be a goer for you if your occupation is not on the new SOL - http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...ccupations.pdf and you would need to see if any State Migration Plans will have it listed [ they not available yet ].

With Option #2. I'd not say that Immi will not have a care about whether commitments are fulfilled or not for whilst it may be open ended at the moment, with employer sponsorship being the priority focus, I do imagine there'll be some monitoring of trends and action taken one way or another to prevent distortion of the intended results.
And of course needing to meet eligibility requirements - Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)
As to what you pay or a company may is entitrely for you to negotiate with them.

Option #3. and you ought to have a close look at thw visa info via Family - Visas & Immigration
Time frames are indicated on Client Service Charter





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