I am 28 and have travelled round Oz before, loved it sdo much want to go for good this time. Will be going on a working holiday visa, but would hate to have to come back to London once the years up.
I dont think I can earn enough poinst for the 100 points scheme where they give you residency at the end of the year, as I dont have degree and most of the points are made up from haviong a degree.
So think my only option is trying to get a sponsership, anyone know how to go about it, I work as a legal Secretary in Investment Bank, or any other options of how I could stay... other than marrying an Aussie guy!!
Easiest way to get residency would be marry an Australian citizen. I'm sure there would be a few Aussie guys out there wanting to marry a British woman to be able to receive British citizenship/passport, as long as she isn't too bitchy or demanding/general nightmare to be with like a lot of Australian women enjoy being.
Another way would be spend many years in University and become a doctor and if you do that come to Tasmania and you'd have a guarenteed job paying $150p/h (according to a recent newspaper advertisement).
Other than that I think you'll find it difficult. Goodluck with it all.
I would love to help but don't know the rules these days.
I came out from the UK on a working holiday in early 1977 and never went back except for a 3 day trip in 1994.
Met an Oz girl, got engaged, told the Immigration Department about our engagement in early 1978 (I think it was about 2 weeks before my visa expired) and they gave me another 6 months visa within days.
It also helped that my sister had emigrated to Oz in 1971 and worked for the NSW government.
Got married and I was home and hosed.
Thank God that was years before Islamic terrorism and work qualifications, as I was only a lowly oil-rig labourer in those days.
Only as a last resort, marry an Aussie!!!
Anyway, I hope you make it whatever it takes.
P.S. There is a massive labour shortage here in WA (unemployment rate is about 2.5% and everyone wants to make $60,000+ working in the mining industry). Perhaps you could find some niche job in Perth that the company would sponsor you after 6 months.
it is much harder these days to get permanent residency. However, you should check out www.immi.gov.au (Department of Immigration) and whether you have skills Australia really need. My friend is a hairdresser and the skills was listed in the site, and so he/she got accepted.
Australia is in a skills shortage, so as long as you have skills Australia need, then you shouldn't have much problem settling in.
Australia is getting tougher on automatic permanent residency application over the past few years. Now they are thinking of requiring current foreign students who wish to reside here to do 12-18 months work experience.
Whats wrong with Aussie guy.......................
In fact marriage is no guarantee and can be very complicated legally, practically and emotionally for the Oz half (had my fingers burnt some years ago).
There have been changes in skilled migration but very navigable and you can find info via links page -SNIP-.
We suggest affordable study, which grants work rights and after two years you can apply for residency via skilled migration. If not able to show required training hours and/or experience you can remain for 18 months to acquire with no work restrictions.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]
Become a nurse! Cairns hospital just recently had around a hundred nurses from overseas come to live, made it hell trying to find a rental place!!
Check out that immigration link above(immi.gov.au), is a whole list of the skills shortages in oz, you may find that there is a shortage of legal secretaries.
Best of luck!
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 21, 2007, at 6:45 PM by AndyB24 ]