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hi everyone , I was just looking for a bit of advice , my husband & I and our 13 year old son are considering moving to oz from Ireland , we were there 18 months ago visiting my brother in sydney and ever since we came home we have had those niggling feelings of unsettlement . I am a mature student of 33 years of age currently in my 3rd of studying civil and environmental engineering and my husband is self employed aged 41,I soposse what I really want to know is have we a chance of getting residency or is there agents here in Ireland that specialise in letting you know your options and helping you along the way, we wouldnt be in a position to move untill I have my degree, but from reading through some of the forums I believe it can take a while so we have decided we might as well get the ball rolling . Any help or advice would be much appreciated
 

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Hi Lyn:

Welcome to the forum.

The first stop should be the Sticky posts at the top of the forum. It has a lot of advice for all migrants.

Now to the way AU Immigration works:

AU is a skills focussed migration policy, so they are looking for people with skills and work experience (usually 4 yrs) to live and work in AU.

The first evaluation is the Points test, there is a checklist on the Immi website regarding that.

Once that is passed (self evaluation) the next step is a skills assessment by an appropriate agency (i.e. Engineers Australia for Engineers). There are assessments based on degrees and work experience and also those based on work experience alone. This tends to be most difficult area of the process.
Once it is passed then the next step is the actual Immigration application.

Immigration applications are processed based on a priority system (7 levels of priority). The highest priority goes to those with job offers from AU companies and an in-demand skill. This priority level has the visa processed within a matter of weeks or months.

The lowest priority level (7) means that visa applications are expected to take at least 2 yrs before a visa is granted.

Within the application itself there is a health check and a police check (character). Finance requirements are also checked (i.e. do you have enough money to settle in AU).

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Now for your case I see the following challenges:
1. Husbands age, once he is age 45 or older he can not be the primary applicant
2. Work experience, while Engineering is an in demand occupation in AU, you need to check if you also need work experience as an Engineer (several years) after your degree grant to have a successful assessment from Engineers Australia. I think Ireland falls under the Sydney Accord so you might not.

I also see an advantage in your case, since you have a brother in Sydney (and he is a PR or Citizen of AU) he can sponsor you under the 176 class visa. This can help in getting some additional points and/or processing priority.

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I would go look at these sites for more details:
1. Engineers Australia:
Engineers Australia Ι Migration Skills Assessment
2. 176 Class Visa:
Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)

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If you have further questions you can post to the forum and I also recommend a forum search as questions and answers get repeated and so your question may have already been answered.

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I think getting a Migration agent for your case is advised if you expect there to be a hurdle in the process (i.e. for the Engineer Assessment). First consultations are usually free.



hi everyone , I was just looking for a bit of advice , my husband & I and our 13 year old son are considering moving to oz from Ireland , we were there 18 months ago visiting my brother in sydney and ever since we came home we have had those niggling feelings of unsettlement . I am a mature student of 33 years of age currently in my 3rd of studying civil and environmental engineering and my husband is self employed aged 41,I soposse what I really want to know is have we a chance of getting residency or is there agents here in Ireland that specialise in letting you know your options and helping you along the way, we wouldnt be in a position to move untill I have my degree, but from reading through some of the forums I believe it can take a while so we have decided we might as well get the ball rolling . Any help or advice would be much appreciated
 

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Hi there,

Welcome to the forum.

Even though you have a brother in Australia who could sponsor you, without any formal work experience, with a job on the SOL, you won't be eligible to apply for the 176 skilled sponsored visa.

You say your hubby is self-employed. What is his work experience?

I think maybe you should contact an agent who will be able to give you advice and the options open to you. We do have agents who post on here, Veronika (username SOMV) posts fairly regularly and you can contact her via her signature.

We used George Lombard (who is based in NSW) and I know Karen, another Mod on here used The Emigration Group (offices in UK). Do a google search for agents or search for an agent on the MARA website....but always make sure they are MIA/MARA registered....also they don't have to be located in Ireland.

HTH
Dolly
 

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Hi , thanks so much for the quick replies , I know we have a few hurdles to overcome but we are both determined to get there i'm going to look into the agents that you suggested and will keep you posted . fingers crossed we are only at the start of this long process but hopefully we will get there .
 

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another option, if you do not have the experience, is student visa. you can go on student vsisa, spouse can accompany you and work full time, you would be allowed to work part time (20 hours a week).
 

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another option, if you do not have the experience, is student visa. you can go on student vsisa, spouse can accompany you and work full time, you would be allowed to work part time (20 hours a week).
Thanks anj1976, if I was to go on a student visa what type would this entitle my husband and son to, also by going on a student visa would this eventually lead us to getting full legal status in the country ?
 

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Normally what people (who cant make it the skilled route) do is go on a student visa. Take up a course which is most in demand. Along with the course they work, one of the two works full time and the other studies and works part time, once you have finished, you apply for PR which normally people manage easily. Studying in Au gives extra points too.
Its best if you speak to an agent, since you are close to the 40 yr mark, you should take the best route as age isnt on your side.
 

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Have a look at the immi site for student visa and you will get all details on work/spouse/finances etc.
 
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