We're new . . (any social workers and/or coppers)
. . and very early on in the process of migration compared to most of you. Only just printed off all the relevant info and an independent skilled visa is what we're planning on going for (needs to be before my 35th birthday in March - so time's pressing!). In no rush after that . . am happy to wait a couple of years as think we may need as much time as possible to save up!! Currently considering Adelaide or Perth - already have a contact in Adelaide who is very useful and told me about these sites, and she was dead right - am finding it really helpful and encouraging.
Am particularly interested in hearing from any social workers or police officers out there?? Have looked and looked at the forums but haven't found any so far! How do these jobs compare in Aus to UK?
Lindsey (34) & Michael (29)
Hi Lindsey & Michael, welcom to PIA,
Im not sure about social workers but there were a couple of police officers on the site a while back but not sure they are still around, is this what you do now, if so you could get sponsorship from SA police and make things simpler. I assume your looking to get your application in by the time your 35 is because you loose points, are you taking the IELTS (English test) as you could get 25 points for that instead of the 15 for being from uk, if there are any delays.
Yes, need to apply before 35, as with current experience, etc. I only get 120 points before 35. There's always the option after that date of state sponsorship with SA as a social worker if we don't meet the deadline - don't really see any reason why we wouldn't though.
My hubbie is also in process of applying to SA police - but don't want to pin hopes on that, just a shame that both processes are going on at the same time (is rather confusing). The main reason I'm asking about coppers or social workers is to attempt to suss out the work opportunities - it feels at the mo that one of us may miss out job wise dependent on which route is successful (i.e. I've been warned by a migration bod that if you go with the sponsored route with the police they can place you anywhere they want!! Don't really fancy the outback!!). Has anyone else been in this position - I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky?
Are you saying here that an indigenous english person only gets 15 points for their english skills unless they prove otherwise? I'm not sure you are correct there.. Here is an excerpt from the Immigration website;
Originally Posted by soggy
Exemptions: Applicants who hold a passport from one of the countries listed below will not be required to sit the IELTS test to demonstrate that they meet the English language threshold:
And on that basis you are can claim 25 points.
- United Kingdom (UK)
- New Zealand
- United States of America (USA)
- Republic of Ireland.
Before Sept 1st people with passports from these countries got 20 points , since then it has changed to 15 points, this is without any test, altough anyone from anywhere can be awarded 25 points if they score the maximum 7 in all 4 parts of the ielts and less points for lower scores, this allows people to get and extra 10 points for doing well in an English test even if you are English
Originally Posted by Shy Ted
Yes - you only get 25 points if you score 7 or more across all 4 areas of the EILTS english test. Lets hope I'm as good at my language as I think I am - I would hope that having been a qualified social worker for over 5 years would count (but it doesn't)!!
Has anyone else sat it recently? - I'm hoping to sit it in January (but waiting for my new passport, and can't book it without).
I find that an almost unbelievably stupid rule. So, an english person, living in England all their lives has to take a test to prove they can speak proficient english? Almost too ridiculous for words.
Last edited by Shy Ted; 28-11-2007 at 06:49 AM.
You don't have to take a test it's just that you only get 15 points if you don't. For people who need an extra 10 points there is a chance to get them , should not be a problem for an English person who has lived in England all their lives:) just remember the capital E in English;)
Originally Posted by Shy Ted
I am staggered about the ruling for the English test. Another example of Aussie bureacracy which almost had me booking a ticket home 3 days after we arrived. I threw a mega temper tantrum in the bank telling them they should shove their bl**dy paperwork where the sun didn't shine. Mind you they had just told me they didn't know where my money was and had no bank account for me .
Anyway, off the point. Re: social work. There are stacks of jobs for them. If you have a social work degree or in a related field, there are jobs coming out of your ears. This weeks paper had lots advertised, and to be honest, usually does.
Coppers are in short supply here but that may have something to do with the pay which, in my hubbies words, is cr*p. He was a PC many moons ago but at the time Aus didn't want them. So he left, retrained as a teacher, and now they want cops!!! Mind you they also want teachers and we got here in the end.
Like you I put in my visa and was working to the deadline of before my birthday. The skills assessment can take 12 weeks to come back so get it in quick. Ours went off in April and our agent wrote a letter explaining the circumstances and in the end that paperwork came back in 3 weeks which knocked her for six - even with writing a letter it had never come back that quick for her. Our visa application was received in Adelaide 9 days before my birthday - cutting it very fine! That was May last year and the visa came through in February.
I don't need the extra points thankfully. Just as well really!