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Which Visa and how to apply the best way??

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:24 PM
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Which Visa and how to apply the best way??

Hello everybody! Im searching for the best way to apply for an appropiate visa in order to get a permanent residency in Australia. Currently Im located in Germany, uner 30 years old,fluent in english, have university diploma and made already work experience aborad. From research on the internet Ive found out that the skilled migration visa would be the most appropiate for me. Ive already got contacted by a migration agency from australia which told me I d a very good candidate for the skilled migration visa. However Im not sure about which way to go and about certain conditions of the visa. Important for me is that the visa doesnt commit me to one certain job, as I want to be free in changing my job without having any trouble with the visa. Do I need to finda job before moving or applying for this visa type? And last questions. The agency told me the application process with their help would take from 6 month up to one year. If I would do it by myself through government I would have to wait at least 1,5 years. Is that true? Can someone give me some advice on that or tell me something from their experiences? Thanks you to all in advance. Regards

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Old 04-16-2011, 04:37 AM
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Dear Kimberly,

1) Please read DIAC's website for further information about general skilled migration. There is so much information on there about what you're asking. (immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration)

2) It sounds to me if you want flexibility to change jobs then a skilled migration visa is the best way to go. Do you have family here? If so, you could go for the 'sponsored' option, otherwise the 'independent' option is for you.

Also, there are pathways to permanent residency through study if you want to study at an Australian institution. You just need to check which degree levels are given the highest priority (I believe it's PhD).

3) You don't have to find a job before moving or applying, but I believe you get more 'points' if you have a job offer (so it's something you may want to consider trying to organise). It's not necessary, however.

4) Please be very wary of migration agents. Please read all the warnings about Migration Fraud on DIACs website (immi.gov.au/migration-fraud) before you pay someone to help you.

In Australia, a reputable agent will be listed on the MARA website (mara.gov.au). (I'm not an agent, btw, I work in higher education! )

5) I understand that it does take a long time for the skilled migrant visa to come through. However, an agent can't make this happen any faster (ie they have no way of influencing the outcome of your application) Please read the DIAC website about this.

Have you taken the 'points' test to see what your chances are of getting PR in Australia? This might be a good place to start.

Best of luck with it all!

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Old 04-18-2011, 11:03 AM
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Thanks a lot for your detailed response. Indeed the site you recommended me is very helpful. I´d like to comment few things on several points:

-> 2.) I don´t have family in Australia so they can´t sponsored me but I was thinking about the employer sponsorship through a company. For this I would have to find a job at the first place and a company which is willing to sponsor. Apparently this should be the fastest way of getting the visa. I´ve finished my studies so this wouldnt be an option for me, unless I would be working meanwhile to self-finance my costs.

->4.) I´m still not sure about these agents. They keep on calling me in order to convince me to go with them in order to facilitate the process for myself and be sure that everything is handled right. In total I would have to pay 3000 $ for their services, additionally to the visa costs! I will definitely have look on the agent site which you told me to be sure that its something save.

->5.) I´m familiar with the point system and I know that my chances are good. I reach enough points in order to get the PR in Australia. That´s not an issue.
It´s just this whole paperwork and period of waiting etc..
Time will show .. I need to be more patient with all this and dont give up the hope.

Best regards

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