My story is a bit of a 'funny' one, if you can call it that. I've recently returned 2 months ago from living in Adelaide for the just over 2 years, and I want to go back.
Long story short, 2007 - met a girl from Adelaide living in London, 2009 - moved to Adelaide with that girl on a WHV (to see if I liked it there and wanted to stay), 2010 - applied for and granted a Temp De Facto visa, and 2 year wait for PR, 2011 - split up with girl, and had to leave Adelaide as my visa was no longer valid.
I really enjoyed my time there, and the quality of life was amazing. The reality shock of coming back to London is incredible. It's great to seeing old friends and family, but it would be awesome to return to Adelaide if I could.
I'm currently doing all the research I can on my own about the visa options available. Ideally I'd like to o for 175 or 176, but I'vehaving a bit of trouble matching myself to a Nominated Occupation, and HOPING I don't have to retrain and take a few years to get relevant work experience in another occupation.
I have a degree in Mulitmedia Design and 4 years experience as an Operations co-ordinator in TV broadcast, but unfortunately those specific skills aren't in high demand in Australia, or at least SA. There are a lot of duties which relate to other jobs on the SOL, so I'm looking at trying to find the closest match. The only other optionn I think I have is to retrain (which I have considered doing anyway) and, as a result, would have to wait quite a while longer. And who knows what could happen in that time?!
While in Oz I worked as a bike courier for the first year and in temp admin contracts within the government for the second. Although I didn't have a perm job in an occupation on the SOL, I would hope that my time there would go some way to prove my commitment to SA.
So, in the new year my plan is to really establish my options (probably contact an Immigration agent) and chances of returning to SA.
Merry xmas and happy NY to eveybody!