This is my first post on the site although i have spent many hours reading through the various other posts. We were granted our visa august 2009 which was quicker than we had anticipated. We had by this point booked a 5-week holiday come reconnaissance visit from which we have just returned to the UK on the 28th dec. We were sponsored by SA so checked in with them, which was a breif affair. We also visited the DIAC office to query some aspects of our visa. They had little information to offer and granted no face-to-face interviews, as this department did not deal with skilled visas. The burning question we have is regarding what type of employment is acceptable to qualify for permanent residency from a 475 visa. If you read any of the official web sites the wording used is :
"After living for two years and working for at least one year in a specified regional area, applicants can apply for a permanent visa."
It does not state whether the job undertaken has to be on the SOL list. Will any occupation qualify, as it does not state that the job undertaken must be on the list?
Can anyone help with any experience or knowledge of this issue?
We enjoyed Adelaide very much and are looking forward to coming out later on this year. We are both fairly confident of finding work of some kind however we wish to ensure that it qualifies us for permanent residency after the two years.
All comments appreciated.