Hi Matt, Sorry but to suggest that going for a temp visa is a quick option is ridiculous. Many people on here come on a 475 or other types of temp visa as that's the only one they can get due to points shortages.
We were just 5 points short of PR and there was absolutely no way around it. We did do heaps of research and job applications and two recci's before we took the plunge and at no time did we come across a temp visa being an issue.
I have been turned down for a customer service role answering telephones due to non PR status which at the risk of sounded big headed is well below my skills level.
Val has gained a fantastic job in the city as an accounts manager with better pay than she had in England so it isn't impossible for temp Visa holder to find good work but so far I've nothing and I'm the main applicant!
Our second stage application for permanency goes to Federal Government not local and apparently we can apply using Val's name as the main applicant if I haven't met the criteria set.
This leads me into another issue we face.
Val's company have a great health care option specially designed for employees through Mutual Community but we can't join as we are not PR and don't have full Medicare entitlement and that's not the decision of the company it's solely because of the type of Medicare card we have.
While I appreciate it is up to our selves to find work and settle into our new Country some of the hurdles that we have to jump are just not fair.
We receive no benefits and we don't want them anyway as we don't feel entitled, we receive no hand out should we want to buy a house and we cant take any Government positions all this we knew before we came but to be discriminated against as we are classed as temp is wrong.
I think this is a great thread Cazzie but I also wonder if this could affect our chances even further by making it more of a public issue.
Good luck and I hope all goes well for everyone regardless of Visa type, we have all worked hard to get here and we certainly have no intention of it being temporary.
I will add that at no time have we come across any discrimination personally so we don't see any issue with that.