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Hi everyone.

This forum is such a wonderful resource and the people are just amazing. I cannot begin without first acknowledging everyones efforts and helpful advice openly shared here and that is why I want to first say thank you.

I apologize upfront for this legnthy post- hopefully the detailed info will make it easier for you to steer me in the right direction and let me know if we have a shot at this.

It is important to note that this is the VERY early first stages for my wife and I where what started as a discussion has become something we both want to consider seriously. Living in South Africa we can no longer ignore the problems facing our country. We have always remained hopeful and optimistic that things will get better. Unfortunately things just seem to be spiralling out of control. Crime is the biggest issue for us, and with the lack of effective measures in place against it we feel we need to take responsibilty of our own destiny.

Background info:

My wife is 26 and I am 28, no children yet.

My Career history and qualifications:
I studied IT and am qualified as a MCSE NT4 and MCSE 2000. I also have A+, N+, MCP+I certifications. I never studied a degree as the requirments for me to begin a successful career in IT was to have these vendor certifications. I began working in June of 2001 as a Desktop Support engineer and with hard work progressed and was promoted until I eventually became a Senior Systems Engineer (Microsoft technologies) and was the 3rd level support person. I worked for an IT Outsource company throughout this time and they had the contracts with these blue chip customers. I was fortunate to be involved in many infrastructure upgrade projects of which included work done for Government departments. In 2006 I had come far in the IT industry but felt in my heart I wanted a change. Towards the end of 2006 I resigned and made a complete career change to working as a Realtor. This was a natural step for me as I had started investing in property 2 years prior and just loved that part of the industry. I have done this since and for the last 1.5yrs I have also had a business where I provide professional real estate and architectural photography services to MANY major estate agencies. I have become very good at this although I do not hold a qualification in this. If it was up to me, I would want to come over to work for one of the local RE photography companies, but I am not sure what part of my career will hold the most weight in the application process. For all I know, I might not even be considered - hopefully some of you will know.

My wifes career history and qualifications:

My wife is an internationally qualified "Somatologist" (Health & Skincare Therapist) with Diplomas in CIDESCO, ITEC in Physiatrics, Aestheticienne, Reflexology, Aromatherapy & Eplilation, SAAHSP(South African institute). She also has product training in Environ, Nimue and Dermalogica among others. She worked in this field part time for 1 year (2nd yrs studies) followed by full time work of 3 years. She was also promoted to Salon Manager. In 2006 she too changed careers and has since been working as an admin and internal sales lady. Maybe she will have a stronger case in applying than I will based on her diplomas?- what do you think?

We both have a desire to move to Brisbane should we have sufficient "skills" needed by the Australian immigration authorities. My wifes uncle and aunt live in Australia as well as one of her cousins, if this makes any difference.

What would you suggest... do we have ANY hope as it stands now? If I need to study a degree or do something extra then I will do so if it will improve our chances. If we do something like this we would make it part of a 2 - 3 year plan. Hopefully sooner if at all possible. I could not find anything on the Skills list and that is why I wanted to first approach all of you for some advice. Maybe we can come over on a 2yr visa if such an option exists and hopefully stregnthen our case?

Do we have a chance? What do you suggest we do to improve our chances? As soon as I have a better idea we can then chat to a agent to see what they say.

Thank you for reading and once again, sorry for the long post:)

Charles
 

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Long post!

Yo, why don't you check out Department of Immigration & Citizen and use the assessment calculator. More research for such a big decision. I researched for two years.
I know...sorry for the long post. I just felt it would help if I provided the most info possible:)

I visited the site and cannot find any other calculators apart from the one that assesses citizenship which is obviously not the one I can look at yet. Can you kindly add a link to the actual page?

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Hi Charles,

There is a link to the Visa wizard from the 'PLEASE READ....' sticky post towards the top of the forum - DIAC Government Visa websites section. That will take you through the most common visa types but not ALL of them.

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Karen
 

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Hi Charles,

There is a link to the Visa wizard from the 'PLEASE READ....' sticky post towards the top of the forum - DIAC Government Visa websites section. That will take you through the most common visa types but not ALL of them.

Regards,
Karen
Thank you Karen, but I have actually visited that previously and the Visa Calculator says "The Visa Wizard has been unable to find any suitable visas". Does this mean this whole idea is not an option for my wife and I?

Sorry for sounding a bit clueless, but that is why I provided more info in my initial post in hope that someone with more experience in all of this can offer us a glimmer of hope or tell us straight that we do not have the needed "skills" for us to be considered. I have read tons of info but am still unclear on this.

Thanks again for any and all help.

Edit:

Here were my answers in case it helps:
* 1. Why do you want an Australian visa?
To work (includes permanent migration)
* 2. What is the country of nationality on your passport?
South Africa
* 3. Where do you expect to be when you apply for a visa?
South Africa
* 4. What is your date of birth?
29 June 1981
* 5. How long do you intend to stay in Australia?
More than 12 months
* 6. Do you have any of the following sponsors?
No, I don't have a sponsor
* 7. Are your skills or qualifications listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)?
Yes
8. Have you completed 2 years study in Australia in the last 6 months?
*No
9. Do you currently hold any of the following visas?
*No
10. Have you completed an Engineering degree in the last 2 years at a recognised university?
*No
11. Are you a medical practitioner?
*No
 

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Hi,

Welcome to the forum.

As far as skills are concerned, to be able to apply for a skills assessment you must have done that job for a minimum of 12 months (a lot longer in some cases). So, you would have to be assessed on your Realtor skills. Problem is, Realtor isn't on the SOL.

I've looked at the SOL and can't find anything similar to match your wife's skills. Have you looked on the SOL? 1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997

TBH I think you should really get in contact with an agent. They are best positioned to give you the info you're after. If you do, always check that they are MIA/MARA registered.

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you can opt for a student visa as well, I dont know much about your wife's profile but your profile to be assessed needs 6 years experience in all and one year in last 24 months in designated skill. which is not the case, best is to speak to an agent, they will guide you through. else check universities, apply for a student visa, both of you will be able to go on teh same, one can work full time while the otehr can work parti time and study along with it

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Find this on Immi's website - "1119 - Booklet 6 - General Skilled Migration.pdf"

That's like the 101 book. Self-assessment is in there too.
 

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you can opt for a student visa as well, I dont know much about your wife's profile but your profile to be assessed needs 6 years experience in all and one year in last 24 months in designated skill. which is not the case, best is to speak to an agent, they will guide you through. else check universities, apply for a student visa, both of you will be able to go on teh same, one can work full time while the otehr can work parti time and study along with it

cheers
anj
Thanks for that tip Anj, much appreciated. I will certainly investigate this option.


Find this on Immi's website - "1119 - Booklet 6 - General Skilled Migration.pdf"

That's like the 101 book. Self-assessment is in there too.
Now that is one useful resource. Thank you so much for taking the time in finding it. I will go through it this weekend.

This is quite a daunting excercise as there is so much information to process. I agree with Karen, I will email an agent just to have them give me some advice based on our personal career and experience. It does not sound very promising though:(.

Thank you everyone!
 
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