This is a very good point as life for people on temp visas does seem to be harder then people on perminent visas. Also i guess the more generic your job is the better chance of gaining work, at least thats what im telling myself as an electrician.
Originally Posted by Django
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Adelaide most certaily is NOT for everybody, the only way you can find out if it is for you is to come try it...fair dinkum for giving it a go here in SA, but even more for sticking it out in Oz full stop...
A fair and honest post...
thanks so much for all your lovely messages... makes me wish I had know you all when I was in Adealaide :) I think the thing you are all really saying is that 'you never know til you try it' - and you're right. That is what my hubby always says to me when I have a moan... "you'd still be in the UK wondering what your life would have been like in Oz" - very true. It may not have worked out - but I suppose at least I know that (although it was one rather expensive lesson ha ha!)
Another thought is that I guess it does depend on what visa you are on and what your profession is. Maybe they should take graphic designer off the 'shortage list'! There are not enough jobs for the locals never mind an English person on a temporary visa...
thanks again for your messages
Thats true. I know primary teachers have at long last been taken off the list!!!
Sorry that things didn't work out for you , but it goes to show that all our personal experences are very different, and the visa on which you arrive changes things so much. Its good to see the other side but dont be put off to much , I would love to know the REAL pecentages of people who stay or go back.....???. good luck
Originally Posted by graandjac
Some very heart felt posts here !
Why is the 495 so restricting ? surely the 495 ers are better to have as immigrants than certain nationalities !!
I would like to know the percentages who go back home and also home many do move on after they get PR, cos if we were a good few years younger (we are 46) we would too in 1 year when we get get PR.
Like you say, people get settled and keeping moving IS unsettling !!
I think this is a very good point. We are here on a 496 so the conditions of our visa are the same as yours and having 4 kids we are really struggling. My O/H wages aren't great at all and the jobs he would like to apply for require citizenship or PR, he even wanted to change careers and join the police but needs PR. The 5 points we were short means we aren't entitled to family benefit and that makes a massive difference. I really wouldn't recommend the visa to anyone but unfortunately it was the only way we could get in, and Adelaide was our 1st choice as I have family here. Each month we eat into our savings and although we all love it here I honestly don't know if we will be able to survive long enough to apply for PR.
Originally Posted by jomasey
Good luck and I hope NSW works for you
Don't let your age get in the way of trying anything. I find the idea of staying in one place forever a far more unsettling prospect!
Originally Posted by redfoxy
Jacqueline has hit the nail on the head , its the lack of government help in the form of benifits, no family credit/benefit type thing. We know a few people on temp visas who find money a little tighter due to this, but again not all of them struggle and some just get on with it.
Thanks for sharing your stories - really appreciate your replies - it makes me feel less alone.
I don't necessarliy think that on a 495 we should be entitled to benefits - but maybe more help getting jobs and maybe less restrictions with these. I'm sure as soon as an employee sees the 495 visa - they run away screaming! SA should not just make the effort with their marketing plan to get us here but continue to support. They are then ones that want us here - so should do more to make it easier. I think the 495 is a terrible idea! I also hope that they take 'graphic design' off the list soon so that others don't get conned into believing there are plenty of jobs for them over here.
I just wish everyone on a 495 all the best of luck and I will have everything crossed that you all make it to the 2 year deadline - if that is what you want.