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Lawyer interested in migrating to Australia - employer sponsored visa?

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Old 11-27-2010, 12:18 AM
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Lawyer interested in migrating to Australia - employer sponsored visa?

Hi guys,

I am a Singaporean lawyer with about 8 years of legal experience, and I'm interested in migrating to Victoria or NSW.. My occupation does not appear on Schedule 3 of the SOL and it seems like Victoria's new SMP does not include lawyers, so Schedule 4 of the SOL wouldn't work for me either.

What options do I have right now? Would an employer-sponsored visa be difficult to get as a lawyer? I've heard that the old boys network in Australian law firms is very strong and there doesn't seem to be a shortage of native lawyers, so it seems pretty tough to get a law firm interested in me. How do lawyers generally obtain immigration to Australia?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 11-27-2010, 02:46 AM
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I'm not too sure how lawyers go about immigration but employer sponsorship may be the best approach.
You probably need to develop some contacts I suspect and get into that network.
Does the practice you work with now have any contact with Australian companies, legal or otherwise?
And depending on what area of law your practice currently handles, perhaps contacts can be developed, for instance a lot of shipping uses Singapore as an Asian hub and then of course it is an active financial sector and just recently in Australia there has been some action re something of an amalgamation between Stock Exchanges.

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