This is my first post on here, so Hello everyone!
Hope someone can help me out here with my dilemma... I came here to Adelaide last year, on a working holiday visa to a job i had lined up, I'm an Arborist by the way (tree surgeon).
I realised i enjoyed the weather, the job, life style, (like many of you) and I've met an ozzy girl who I'm very fond of, so looks like I'll be staying for a while!!
Currently, I'm on a 457 visa for 3 years i believe, but i now want to get off of this visa and get a 190 state sponsored, I realise I now want a bit more freedom to do what I like, and I know Arborist is on the consolidated list, so i do qualify for the 190.
Im aware I need to do a skills assemement by Trade Recognition Australia, and I'm pretty confident i have the equivalent qualifications they are after to prove I can do my job here, but I'm just a bit worried about proving my experience back home... I have 3 and a half years experience in the uk, (which gains me 5 very valuable points, POTENTIALLY) the first two years i was working for a company but not achieving the minimum 38 hours TRA say you must have consistently... most weeks i did more than 38 or maybe even more with weekend work, BUT some weeks i might have only done 20, and also i even had a few weeks holiday over christmas etc... (everyones entitled to, surely??). Also, I can only prove this with what the TRA consider secondary evidence, with bank statements showing deposits two to three times a week from my employer, and a covering letter he could type me up...
The remaining year and a half experience i have back home was full time, 8 1/2 hour days 5 days a week.. so thats no issue.
The problem is, it is a point based visa, so i need 60 points, I do well on them because of my age but i need to do a English test which seems a bit ludicrous seeing as I am English. I keep doing the IELTS practice tests and i keep failing miserably... Only achieving 7-7.5 max. Im clearly not Intelligent\English enough!!!! I need 8's to prove i have Superior English for 20 points if TRA don't accept my experience back home...
I know I could wait another year and a half and go down a different route of PR, but i really want to get the ball rolling, although this probably won't be an option if i can't prove i have the required experience back home!
Does anyone know how strict TRA are? Does the fact i have an extra half a year of experience on top of the required 3, although not gained full time in the first two years, give me a bit more argument on my side? Or is there no argument when it comes to these things?!
Id be very grateful if someone could give me some advice!