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job that is not on SOL       started by AV8RIXX on 26 Jul 2010   (22987)
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From AV8RIXX

26 Jul 2010 2:21 AM
(109014)
Hello all, I am anticipating a permanent move to AU (preferably WA). I was banking on applying for a skilled workers visa but I see they have crunched down on the SOL and I'm afraid I do not qualify for pretty much any job on the list. I'm 27 and work for AT&T in the US as a technician installing and repairing VOIP, ADSL, VDSL, and IPTV. The only telecommunications job on the list I see is 'telecommunications technologist' which I'm afraid I do not do. My husband is currently achieving his bachelors degree in business management. We both have prior experience in other fields (military and auto/diesel technology) and I can easily mingle from one field to another as I adhere to information quickly. We do not, however, have any relatives in AU. Does anyone think I could still realistically apply for a visa of any type at this point? Many thanks to anyone who can shed some light.
From steveandclare

To AV8RIXX

28 Jul 2010 12:11 AM
(109030)
I was in the same boat when I moved here, after 7 years with Lucent/Logica/Vodafone we emigrated here on a 136 visa I found that I had to rely on my more generic skills to make a living here. All of the telecoms work is in Sydney/Melbourne so you need to think very carefully as to whether you can cope with starting again professionally if you end up moving to Perth
From AV8RIXX

To steveandclare

29 Jul 2010 2:21 PM
(109046)
Thanks for the reply and in the end although I have a preference to move to the Perth area, in the end I will go where the work is. A big reason why I was leaning towards WA is that if the information I read is correct, they allow LHD vehicles if they are 15 years or older and I was hoping to import my vehicle (1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme) because it will be that old by the time everything could be set and done. I know that's a costly process in itself and its not like I don't want to drive a RHD vehicle but I don't want to part with the car. The product I install and repair is not even fully established in my country let alone others so I understand I may not be doing the same work and might have to choose a different job position as you said to rely on more generic skills. I just need to start somewhere to get established. As long as we work our way up there's nothing wrong with that. Thanks for the advice and I was also told to see if my current employer will sponsor me so I am waiting for a reply from our HR.