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Old 05-23-2011, 12:42 PM
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My name is Fred, I am a 26 year old taxi-driver from Wales(UK) and have been doing this since 2005 when i left college with a E grade A-level in Maths.
My girlfriend Katie, is 23, works in a clothing shop and has done for around 5 years.

The year before last we decided on travelling around the world, saved hard, booked the flights and left the UK.
We visited America for a month, New Zealand for 6 months and Australia for 5 months. We also worked in NZ and OZ with 'working holiday visas' mainly in fruit picking.

After returning to the UK we realised what a mistake it was to leave Australia as we could have gained an extended working holiday visa and stayed for another year and a half.
We don't like living in the UK and seemed to fit in to the Aussie way of life perfectly.
We are looking to move to Australia but have no idea where to start as none of us are actually 'skilled tradespersons'
Is there any way of moving to Australia if you aren't 'skilled'?
Maybe we could Study/Work in Australia to gain residency?

There must be a number of ways that 'people like us' can move to Australia because we want it so much. I know determination isn't going to get us there alone but we are hard working and our mind is set on living in OZ.
When we get to Australia I would like to learn to drive heavy machinery, maybe for the mining industry, agricultural machinery or even long haul driving etc.

Any advice is much appretiated,
Thanks in advance,
Katie and Fred

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Old 05-25-2011, 05:11 PM
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any ideas?

I've had no replys but need advice

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I think with your qualifications and work experience that the skilled migrant visa may be a little hard to get. It may be better for you to consider regional visa, business visa or family sponsorship if possible.

Also I'm not sure if there is any chance of extending the working holiday visa once you are offshore. Has the visa for this already expired?

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Old 05-26-2011, 02:37 AM
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Thanks for your reply mattoau

If we had stayed we could have extended our working holiday visa because we worked in agriculture(lychee picking) but our original working holiday visas expired in August last year.

What is a regional visa?

You still only get a certain amount of time to stay in Australia with a working holiday visa don't you? And we want to get permanent residence

We have no imediate family and dont know anyone who can sponsor/employ us.
How closely related would a family member need to be to help us gain a visa?


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Old 06-03-2011, 05:32 PM
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Regional visa?

Can anyone else answer my questions please?

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Old 06-03-2011, 07:20 PM
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There is a migration event on in London in a couple of days. This is for skilled workers so have a look around this link and see if you match any of the skills. If you do then you should try and make it too the event to see if there are any employers who would be willing to sponsor you.

The regional visa works like this. Basically the majority of people who migrate to Oz want to live in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and the migration caps set by the government take this into account. When this cap is reached it still leaves smaller cities such as Perth and Adelaide needing skilled migrants. As a result these states or areas within states are allowed to offer additional visas, and to ensure that they can get what they need they can make the visa easier to get, ie you need less points on your application. The caveat to this is that you will have golden handcuffs restricting you to that area for a minimum time limit before you can consider moving elsewhere.

I've not looked at family visas so cannot help you with that. However one place you should start is with the Visa Wizard. this will let you know your best option.

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Old 06-03-2011, 08:09 PM
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Maybe your best chance is to re-train - study in Australia and then move on from there. If you study something which is in demand in Australia it will be easier for you to get an employer to sponsor you. For the proper, permanent visa, yes, you need to have a 'skill in demand', or be in a relationship with an Australian. I am sorry if this sounds a bit harsh, but it's true.

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