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Old 02-05-2011, 06:24 PM
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Hi, we're new to this hoping that you may be able to shed some light on how we should go about our plans for a life change.

My girlfriend(39) and I (34), and our 4 year old daughter have found ourselves in a position where we can make a move from life in the UK and hopefully go and live and work in Australia. I have been trying to get a clear understanding of what is the best way to go about this and hope that someone on australiaforum can point me in the right direction. I am 34 with 16 years of experience in the marine leisure industry, mainly within sales and customer service, but also as a marine electronics engineer. I have been in contact with several businesses in Australia and have had a fair amount of interest from potential employers, most of which are in Sydney.

What is my first course of action to move forward with this and what requirements will i need to fulfill? Ideally we would like to be looking at making the move within the next six months.

Looking forward to you feedback. Many thanks in advance.


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Old 02-06-2011, 12:36 AM
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One way or another you'll likely need qualifications assessed and re the employer approach, you will need to have an employer prepared to offer work and sponsor you, most usually doing it via first a temporary residency 457 visa that can lead to permanent residency sponsorship, details of both temporary and permanent residency sponsorship via the top link on Workers - Visas & Immigration
Employers themselves need to put in an application and have a nominated position approved and ES is the only way you'll likely see something happening in a six months timeframe or thereabouts.

Without Employer Sponsorship it is a case of seeking independent skilled immigration if you have an occupation on the SOL and follow the steps via Visa options of the second heading link of the above the page, and you'll see links for the SOL and then either the 175 or 176 visas, the 176 being for if you can attain state sponsorship.
You will also see in this group of pages, a Whats New link at the top of a lot of pages and so click on that to have a look at relevant info on processing priorities.
You will likely be looking at a far longer timeframe, perhaps 12+ months for a 176 SMP occupation and up to two years or longer for a straight 175.

For either style of visa, a partner and dependants can be added as a secondary applicant. and there will be things like character and medical reports required for all.

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