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Old 03-27-2011, 09:40 PM
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Hi all!
I am new here at australiaforum(dot)com and I just wanted to express my appreciation for this forum and the people here willing to help others.
I am currently an international student (from Trinidad) studying in Canada and I will be finishing my program in August.
I have an Australian girlfriend who I lived with for a little over 3 months while she was on a working holiday here in Canada. She has returned to Australia to continue her schooling. My intention was to go over to Australia on a similar working holiday and live with her and work while she finished school, however, as a Trinidadian citizen I have no privelages to do so.
I also I won't have a lot of money left after finishing school as an international student here in Canada, so I could not simply apply as a visitor and stay in Australia without some income (or living off loved ones.)
My only option it seems is to apply as a skilled worker but so far I have not made much progress looking through the Australian immigration website and from speaking with an Immigration officer from the Australian high commission here in Canada.
My only hope is that in addition to my own research, someone here with more experience than I have might be able to assist me.
I will appreciate any effort to guide me or help me in any way.
Looking forward to your responses.
Best wishes and many thanks in advance!


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Old 03-28-2011, 02:10 AM
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From a skilled aspect, it will really depend on what you have studied, what qualifications you have and there is for both independent skilled visas and employer sponsorships a need to to have some experience.
You can have a read of the various options via. Workers - Visas & Immigration





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Hello Wanderer,
I was on the site and going through the Skilled Occupation List. I studied for 3 years in Trinidad and have an Associate in Applied Science in Physics already and I will be finishing a 2 year program here in Canada, receiving a Diploma as a Chemical Laboratory Technician. Once I finish I will be entitled to work here in Canada and this is where I would gain some experience, although ideally, I'd rather not have to wait a year while I work here, while she is in school in Aus. I realise this might be the case and there might be no way around it... that is really disheartening.
I was just looking at the Skills matching database, but it seems there weren't any matches for the "Chemistry Technician" (which seems to be the closest match).
I do not have work experience in this field which I have gathered disqualifies me anyway. This is terribly frustrating, but I am determined to find a way.
Thanks a lot for your reply. I haven't looked at the employer sponsership visas, so I am having a look now.
Take care!


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