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Old 10-31-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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Hi there,

Myself and my husband are two qualified professionals I am Irish and my Husband is English and we have two young boys (2 & 3) - we currently live in Ireland.

Due to finacial stresses in the market place (we run our own business) and an offer of a buy out we think we should take the offer and make a new life - both the UK & Ireland are on a serious downturn and we feel a new life is possible especially as the boys are so young and not yet settled in full time education.

My profession is Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue and Reservations.
My Husbands is Direct Marketing and Strategic Consultancy for large clients with a additional background in online marketing.

We can make an application for permanent visas to Austrailia or New Zealand and have the skill set and points but this is a long process and costly so sponsorship from an employee would be a great start of offer stability and a possiblity of relocating sooner than the 2 years an application takes.

Any advice, view and recommended locations would be appreciated.

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Old 10-31-2008, 01:43 PM
 
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You mention that applying for a PR takes about 2 years, where did you get that from?
I thought of moving to Australia by getting a PR based on my skills and experience. After 5 and a half months I landed in Australia on a PR visa.

If you look at most of the jobs, they mention that only people authorized to work in Australia can apply, and recruiters prefer people to be physically present locally, so I dont know how successful you will be in getting employer sponsorship.

All the best with your move, and I suggest go the PR way, it is faster than you think.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:24 AM
 
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New Zealand is in recession right now. I am not 100% sure the state of the Australian economy.. I do knnow the currency devalued rapidly this year from close to par with the USD to around/below .70

Any Aussies on CD care to post how they feel where their economy is headed?
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:12 AM
 
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Hi DDevil,

Thanks for your comments, my friends have just received their approval for PR based on skills and this process has taken 22 months. They will be emigrating in January but this has proved a long and costly excercise for them.

Are you Irish? did you go through an agency or did you make your own application.

Would appreciate any thoughts and advice.

Laurie
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:11 AM
 
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hi Laurie,

I made my application by myself since the agencies that assist you in filing you application charge about $2k just for helping you fill up and print the forms.

I am not Irish. Australia has international agreements with a lot of countries that recognizes their educational qualifications and work experience. For me, my country of origin is not in the list, so I had one more round of proving my education and work, and also had to pass the IELTS (which I consider 5th grade English). This added about 2 months to my timeline.

I work in the engineering software industry, and have no idea about Sales/Marketing/Hospitality that you are looking for, so don't know how much help I can provide with your specific queries.

22 months is an unreasonably long time, during my time (mid 2004) the average time for a skills based PR was 11 months and supposedly they were working to reduce it to 7 months.
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