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I'm too old, she's in the wrong job; any chance??

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:57 AM
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I'm too old, she's in the wrong job; any chance??

Of course, it's more complicated than that, so I thought I'd ask for some reasonably unbiased advice before I go to Australia House.

We both work as independent consultants, I'm an agricultural scientist of 48 years, she's an HR director of 38. We have 3 associates working part-time for us, turnover is c. 150k. We both have relevant post-grad qualifications, she has managed HR at director level for Australian locations before. I could probably keep at least half of my customers if I were working 12 time zones away, as customer contact is limited (customers across Europe, Japan and the US), but of course I'd try to build a more local clientele. She would have to set up from fresh (although we do have business contacts in Melbourne, our target area). On past experience, that means 4-5 months until she's firing on all cylinders again. Motivation for moving is to build a better life for our two children.

If visas weren't involved, we could do it with hard work and commitment. Do we have any chance?

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Old 02-13-2011, 01:31 PM
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I do not know that you'll get too much joy from Australia House and from your background it would seem you want to look at starting up business in Australia.

There are business visas that have requirements re turnover of an existing business and funds available for investment in Australia so have a look under business visas via
Visa Options – Professionals and other Skilled Migrants – Workers – Visas & Immigration and I think you will find that though there is also a 45 YO age limit for one, doing it via a state sponsorship does I think have a 55 age limit.

It is certainly going to be a tough paddock to plough through and you may want to also consider other options such as:
. Employer sponsorship with a 456 initially or if you found an employer prepared to sponsor for PR, there is provision for the 45 age limit to be waived for exceptional candidates, though still may not be so easy to find an employer but if you have developed contacts, it could be a possibility.
. Can your wife tune up what she is doing and maybe can find an occupation on the SOL schedule #4 re a state sponsorship or alternately through contacts maybe she can be the one to find an employer sponsor.

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