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U.S. teacher ?'s to move to QLD

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Old 01-31-2011, 08:42 PM
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U.S. teacher ?'s to move to QLD

Hello all. Ok heres a quick bit about me.
I have a U.S. BA in elementary education
Will have my U.S. MA in special needs education by this may (4 months)
I am already registered with QLD college of teachers.
I plan on receiving a medical checkout (not needed for me) but I may work with pre-school children so it'll work and i figure no harm in having it done.
Anyways. I want to move up to Cairns and teach. Fingers crossed that it works out. If not, Ill be fine cruising the beach off of resreves and a simple job. No worries. I did the same when I moved to hawaii, but acquired a teaching position which i held for 3 years before returning to the mainland to further my education. I am thinking that I should apply for the work/holiday visa so I may move over there and then apply for positions. Since the school year just started, I hope to move come late august or around sep/oct of 2011. This would give me a few months to search for a position within a school. I have been told (even though I've read otherwise) that I need health insurance. Everywhere i read it says it is *recommended*. there is a difference between recommended and required. If I acquire a teaching position I would hope to be sponsored towards a longer term VISA. I also would hope to perhaps purchase a house. Are there any privileges with a non-native acquiring a house. Such as permission to stay since ive contributed to the economy (not to mention education system). I have a clean health, professional and criminal record. No issues ever. So im not worried about that.
Im very excited to move, learn and contribute. Another amazing experience I am looking forward to. does anyone have any recommendations for roommate shares postings? housing market? used car/bike market? in the U.S. we use a service called craigslist. It is used widely. Does Australia have an equivalent?

Many Mahalos to all of you for any contribution, recommendations and advice you offer.

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Old 01-31-2011, 10:50 PM
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On you key points, health insurance is not mandatory for the US WHV 462 as you can see from Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

Your options from there may be limited as you'll find a reference in the 462 that there may be restrictions in applying for other visas, so you may want to check up on that.
But if you are allowed to take employer sponsorship and it is offered, you'll need to take out health insurance for the ES 457 visa.

You will also need to get a police check re clearance for working with children whereas they are not normally required for the US 462s so that is something else you'll need to get in order and perhaps the typical FBI check required which can take 10-12 weeks, the Queensland Teachers Registration organisation no doubt able to advise.

There're no privileges re a non resident purchasing property and they may have even reverted laws back to preventing it for they did relax it a couple of years back but then may have revoked it, it also likely that you could have difficulty in getting a housing loan, property values also very high in Oz compared eoth US.
We even have Craigslist here and there are also sites like Gumtree, Flatmate, Domain, Realestate, Carsales, tradingpost and many more, all usually with .com.au

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:04 AM
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Awesome advice and thank you.
Ive already registered and am accepted with QLD college of teachers, which includes background check from U.S. FBI

I was unsure of the health insurance. Undoubtedly Id have it if I were offered a positive teaching. Would acquiring insurance through Australia's system after attaining a position negate the fact that I did not have it initially when I applied and used my 462 and attempt to apply for another VISA?

The house acquisition is an idea, and the questions posed are all apart of research.

I will check out the internet sites you've recommended and learn the general state of rentals there.
Thank you

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It probably does not matter who you insure with as long as you have health insurance as that is an eligibility requirement for the 457 visa.
IMAN Australian Health Plans - Health Plans for Temporary Residents Working in Australia is one company offering insurance.

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