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Old 03-05-2011, 11:56 PM
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Hi Guys, I have been doing a lot of research on my Visa options but thought I would seek others advise to make sure I haven't overlooked anything. I have been working the past 2.5 years on a 457 temporary visa and I am looking for a permanent solution in the case I lose my job. I meet 99% of the criteria for the Skilled regional sponsorship but I live on the Gold Coast a non eligible area. Are my only options for my employer to sponsor me for an ENS or re-locate for skilled sponsorship? I was under the impression after living here for 4+ years I could become a permanent resident but now it seems that's for residents to become citizens.

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You seem to have it right Paul and there is no provision with any skilled TR visa for it to convert to PR after four years and a PR visa means doing a further application.
And to be successful, you just need to address the eligibility requirements as you have.

If your employer is eligible and prepared to sponsor via the ENS, that is fine and even great for it is by far the quickest approach as it is priority #1 re processing and as soon as you have PR that way, it is as good as any PR and even if you lose your job, you'll still have pr and can seek work anywhere.





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After doing a bit more reading it seems I am eligible for a 175 Skilled Independent visa. I am required to asses my skills but I seem to meet all the criteria and have 145 of the required 120 points. The only drawback to this is I cannot be in Australia whilst the visa is granted. Apparently they ask you when you will be out the country so maybe I can take a 2 week vacation to NZ during this time.


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That is also possible but with a Priority #3 it'll take 12 months or so for processing.





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