26 Jul 2010 2:21 AM
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.|
28 Jul 2010 12:11 AM
|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|
29 Jul 2010 2:21 PM
|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.|