Okay have just found the link for Ian Harrop. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope this helps.
For the poster who asked how long it took for me to come here, I immigrated as a child of 4, my family spent the first year on a revolting hostel, and I still to this day get physically sick when I go to the immigration museum and enter the room that they have set up there which was an example of where we lived. We were among the first families placed in Elizabeth (I honestly have believed for many years that as immigrants it was so that we didn't mix with the locals, and recently speaking to someone they said that they also believed that this was the reasoning at the time). Elizabeth at that time was an amazing place to live very pioneerish, no shops nearby, we used to go to Gawler to shop along a rotten road, and most of the roads had not been built out there, so a good long treck of over 45 minutes on mud roads for Mum to go to work at Holdens down off the Port Road, the new Holdens not existing for quite a while. Boy though as a teenager the music scene out there was just amazing, with many bands starting up out there. We all took off back to England to do our overseas experience with the rellies when we reached our early teens and twenties. I lived here for many years, then moved overseas to Britain, India and then the US, and returned here about 5 years ago, so having been relocated all around the world have probably experienced just about every situation any of you have or will go through. Even for me returning after over 20 years abroad, but visiting back here for 6 weeks at a time every year, I had retained friends from school, work etcetera, and obviously had family here. However, it is very different when you are only here on holidays as opposed to actually being here full on. It still took a lot of settling in, and could be very lonely at times.
As I have mentioned before my partner and I go to the Rob Roy for half price pizza night on Tuesdays and have had quite a few people new to this country catch up with us there, if any of you every want to join us let me know.
Good luck with your visa application, and you can ask Ian any question, its better to do that and be honest with the process and it will ease your mind also, its a HUGE decision moving to another country especially when you have kids, but it is a wonderful experience if it all falls into place, and one that all of you can gain from when it works out.
My name is Lisa.
Sounds terribel what you had to go through, yet you still go back and enjoy the palce very much and speak of it with a fondness in your heart.
We will draw up a list fro Ian Harrop, when we visit and hopefully we will meet up one day and have pizza at Rob Roy with you one day.
Getting even more impatient as I discuss it more with people on here but I will try to conatcin myself...
Hi Steve, Have a look at Dept of Immigration sitehttp://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/booklets.htm
it is free and you can download booklets which give you all the info you require click on apps & forms, then go to - info forms and booklets - you can download the booklet/s that suit your skills catg. i.e. booklet 6 - General Skills; under section headed Age it states " you must be under 45 when you apply" . When we visited the Dept of Imm a consultant said to us " if you can read English and fill in a form why would you use a consultant they do not get an priority treatment from us why pay all that money?.
Ian was a neighbour of mine in Lechlade Glos. I am not sure what his company is called, but he is based in Burford, Oxfordshire.
As folks have said, he is a very nice guy, Australian, and knows his stuff.
I'm not suggesting that it is imperative to use an immigration expert, just offering advice as we went down the road of doing it ourselves when we were getting green cards in the US, 6 and a half years later and still getting nowhere we contacted a british lawyer who had also found the process a pain in the neck and decided to train in that field, she was fantastic and we got our legal status within weeks and then our green cards about one and a half years later. If you are running out of time regards age you really don't want to be messing around and fumbling in the dark, if it is just a question of what the age restrictions are and the best route to get here asap I am sure the advice would not cost much and would be worth it in the long run. You can then continue on with the rest of the process on your own.
Good luck, and once again once you have found out any information if you can post it on here I'm sure several people will be extremely grateful.
I was 47 when I applied for a 457 visa (temporary sponsored). After working here for 3 months I applied for, and got (at age of 48) a permanent 857 (Regional Sponsored Migration) visa. My sponsor had to write to say that they could not find anyone in the local market to fill this position. I believe that at the age of 50 it gets slightly more difficult in that they have to say that they cannot fill the position from the local market or statewide / internationally and then at 55 it becomes harder still as they have to prove that a younger person would not be able to fill the role at all (such as professor).
I am a nurse and I know that this is a skill in demand but hopefully yours is too.
Alternatively, as your wife is 45, could she fill any visa criteria? Remember it is the age that you are when you apply not the age you are when the application is looked at / granted.
Anyway just wanted to let you know that it is possible and best of luck to you.
I also can vouch for Ian Harrop - very helpful. In fact everyone in the company was more than helpful whenever we needed any help or advice.
www.ianharrop.co.uk or email@example.com
My OH has just completed his Mag Particle training to Level 2 with the company he works for and is in the process of training for fluorescent penetrant to the same level. Until very recently British Aerospace at Edinburgh were looking for at least Level 2 technician to run and write procedures in a recently set up FPI facility. Cathy Riach is the HR Manager at British Aerospace, could be worth checking on their website http://www.baesystemscareers.com.au/search.htm . Also check out ASC which is based in the North West of Adelaide, they are currently doing a lot of work for defence shipbuilding contracts. http://www.asc.com.au/aspx/home.aspx
Hope this helps :)