Visa to find a "Skilled" job in Australia
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Dec 5, 2012 6:21 PM Last Post By: Harry_Ramsden
Dec 4, 2012 7:07 AM
Visa to find a "Skilled" job in AustraliaHi,
I am planning to move to Australia from mid-March 2013, and I must admit after reading the immigration website for the whole day, I still don't know what the best approach is to move to Australia to find a job there.
I have a PhD (doctorate) in Telecommunications (obtained in December 2011), 5+ years of working experience in the field, and I fall into the category of Skilled immigrants.
The only issue of the 189 Visa - Skilled Independant (besides its $3000 AUD cost) is that the application can take up to 2 years (!!) while I'm planning to land in a bit more than 3 months...
A second option could be a Working Holiday Visa, but I already had one during my first visit in Australia (6 months in 2010 for my PhD studies), so I'm not eligible for a second one...
Another option, the easiest, would be to get a sponsored Visa, but as soon as I get a recruiter on the line the answer is "You have a very interesting profile and we could have a job for you, please call us back when you are IN Australia"...
Is it an option to come with a Tourist Visa, look for a job, an apply for a permanent/work visa once I get a job?
Any alternative that I may have overlooked?
Thank you for any help.
Dec 4, 2012 12:57 PM
Generally you have to apply for a permanent visa from outside the country. If some employer wants you enough they might help you through the process.
This is one of those situations where you're probably better off consulting a migration agent first.
Make sure they're MARA (the government body) registered and MIA (the professional body) accredited.
You can find a local one via those sites.
Dec 4, 2012 4:26 PM
2If you do come here on a tourist visa, then land a job, you will probably be required to leave Australia first, then reaply.
It is also illegal to work on a tourist visa, so if you found at Sydney airport in possession of resumes etc, you may well be deported.
Sponsorship is definitely the most efficient option.
Dec 4, 2012 4:32 PM
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Dec 5, 2012 12:03 AM
Dec 5, 2012 12:11 AM
9You can't just be upfront and honest and say you're here holidaying to see if you'd like to consider moving and are planning to visit an employment agency to get an idea on what you may be in for when you decide to apply for immigration?
As RayCCroc alluded to any way... Far easier to have a soft copy rather than a hard copy any way. This guy has a doctorate in Telecommunications. I'd be very surprised if he carried around a paper copy.
Dec 5, 2012 1:40 AM
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Dec 5, 2012 2:23 AM
12One time, when I was coming back to Aust, (as an Aust passport holder/Aust Ctiizen), ... if I were the one coming in, I would not even say boo to the guy behind the counter.
But then, I "normally" get lead a different way than the run of the mill pax as soon as I pass my incoming pax card to the Customs guy/gal standing there, could you come with us please...
I get pickup up so easily.
That second time, I chose to use SmartGate and got it a bit easier.
But this trip coming up, I don't know... what will happen, would I be ushered aside again, or would I be able to walk towards SmartGate, and not pip the interest of the officer.
I can tell you, that they do ask you to empty your bags, and they do look at every documentation you have. Hotel receipts if you have it, lah, lah, this, that and the other.......
And if a person's coming in on an ETA/TV/VV and has a CV/resume, that will see it harder for the person just to say they are here for a holiday.
If its on a memory stick, it will also/can also be looked at.
But what the *uck would I know about anything anyways?
O, and ps: A Doctorate in Telecommunications???
Telecommunications, as in Engineering?
But like what I said earlier up on this reply: what (the plip (f*** if you want to be rudish)) would I know anyway.
Dec 5, 2012 2:55 AM
13Thank you all for the info.
I am the only one to find the process completely weird?
Australia is "apparently" (I say apparently because I may be wrong) in desperate need for highly educated people.
A quick look on seek.com.au return me 250 jobs offer for $120k+ posted in the last 14 days, for the whole Australia (22,6 Million ppl). The same search in France return 14 jobs offer (65 Million ppl), and 93 in Germany (82 Million ppl, not mentioning that the average salary in europe is half the Australian one...
Yet, if you are not sponsored, but fit most of these jobs offer, are willing to move there, on your own expenses, you need to wait 2 years for that? Am I missing something here?
I totally understand the "limit immigration" politic as you don't want to pay taxes on foreigners that would just parasitize the system without working. I lived "abroad" for over 7 years in 3 different countries so I'm quite familiar with the concept.
However, I find it very surprising that you cannot let in a highly educated person, than can cover his own expenses, for a period of 1 year to look for a job. Seriously, I don't get it.
Practically, you need to apply for a VISA, find a job wherever you live (don't think you can live 2 yrs without working), then one day, after 2 years in your company, you get a notice that you can finally enter Australia to start all over again. So much for the long term planning... not mentionning kids nor mortgage...
At least, If it was easy to get sponsored, that could work. But since most companies delegate the hiring process to recruitement agencies, that does not work.
I am puzzled here.
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