Ian, Rachel, Harry 16 & Georgia 13
Arrived in Adelaide 14th June 2008
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Believe it or not im actually a site manager too and im a joiner, i have been in the management side for 5 years now.
We are from wakefield, west yorkshire
We have 3 kids aged 8 year old girl and 5 year old twin boys.
So when do you hope to get over there?
Do you recommend going there first?
Mark and Shelley
Mark, Shelley, Hi guys our agent was reccommended by two people , job wise after having visited Adelaide a few weeks ago there is lots of building work all over and Iam also hoping to work in this area but as a tradesman, But as Ian pointed out I do not expect to walk into work as extra licencing is required so a little homework in the area would be a good idea. Also agent wise dont pay anyone for your assesment as lots will do this for free also there is an Approved agency list which i am sure can be found on the adelaidebound web site. good luck Cheers Graham
Having just been on our reccie, now we are so glad we went first although not a necessity
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Do you really recommend going to oz before fully deciding to go through with emigrating?
Mark and Shelley
Big question that one......we as I read 80% were going to go blind and up untill 2 months ago were fine then jac had a wobble and after a good chat we decided to go for a reccie to be fair to Jac, and after our trip of lots of ups and downs. We Both of us cant wait to get back, we made some great friends ,and if nothing else know where we are heading, so for us it worked . Cheers Graham
Mark and Shelley
Weather not too hot.....cost of living not too high........cost of housing not expensive compared to most of the other citys......great family feel.....not to big as we are not city people, and as we live 5 mins walk from the beach here we wanted great beaches of which there is LOADS to choose from. Cheers Graham
We came in on a 136 visa. We used an agent called Ian Harrop who charged us a couple of thousand pounds I think. They were recommended to us by a friend who knew someone who'd got their visa through them adn so on. The online system has made a big difference though. What we paid for was their experience - they knew the deadlines and we just wanted someone else to say 'sign here' or pay this etc.
My hubbie came here on his hols 25 yrs ago and liked it hence we're here. I hadn't been but still applied. Luckily we got an opportunity to visit Oz last summer which helped me a bit although I hadn't been to Adelaide at all. It wasn't that Brisbane (where we went) wasn't nice it was just that it helped me think what I didn't want to have when I got here e.g I thought I wanted a 2 storey house but when I stayed in one that was almost identical to what I thought I wanted I found I didn't used half the rooms so in that respect it was great.
We are both teachers so I cannot help on the job front!
We came to Oz for the options that were opened to us in how we could support our children and the options that they had.
Hope this helps
We arrived here just over 6 months ago and had never been before - we just thought go for it and make it work :o
We used Go Matilda to help us with our visa and they were great. We used them due to hearing so many good reports on forums about them.
We chose adelaide partly due to the visa we came on and partly because of the family orientated feel to everything and so far it has not let us down. There are ups and downs and not everything is a bed of roses but life for us is far better here and we just wish we had made the move sooner!
Can't help on the job front I'm afraid but with the amount of building going on cannot see any problems for you work wise.
It is hard to get your head around things to start with but as your application goes along you will be surprised how much you learn!!! Good luck with everything and welcome to the forum ;)
Hi Mark and Shelley, welcome to PIA. We used Global Visas when we applied and they were fantastic. They wouldn't send anything off until they were sure that it wouldn't be questioned and basically walked us through the whole thing. It cost about £1800 or thereabouts. We found them by potluck really, I think we googled Migration Agents and their name was one of the ones that came up. We were originally planning to go to Perth but halfway through the process we realised that we simply couldn't afford it anymore, the housing boom has pushed prices through the roof there. Adelaide is (I think) the second cheapest city in Australia but those in the know will tell you that it's a boom waiting to happen, something to do with mining I think. There is certainly plenty of construction work going on at the moment so I shouldn't think you'd struggle too much to find work. Good luck, hope that helps!:)
Liz, Rich, Hattie, Rory and Trev the dog.