Hi Deb17, you mention in another post that you are in Adelaide on a 495 visa and it's the pits and also in this thread you mention about not bothering if you are somebody on a temp visa. We are applying for a temp visa (475) and I was wondering why you felt so bad and have regretted making the decision.
Originally Posted by Deb17
Did you regret making the decision to go to oz in general, or is it because you are on a temp visa? If it is the temp visa that you don't like would it be possible to tell what the reasons are for it not being good? I just want to get as much info (good or bad) about life on the temp visa from the people who are there already. Cheers
Hi Deb yes it is a temporary visa 475, what do you mean by leaving it all behind ? If you don't mind me asking why do you have your regrets ?
Hi Beth, I regret the whole move. There aren't the same work opps out here for me and the restrictions on temp. visas mean you can't buy a house, (unless you build) can't access the same kinds of jobs or training the Aussies do until you get a perm. visa. A lot of job ads stress the need to be perm. residents. I actually find Adelaide very dull, too spread out and expensive to live in. In two years the prices have rocketed and I can barely afford to put food on the table. Deb17xx
Hi Janine, you can read the post I answered Beth with as well. I'm glad in a way that I can add some balance to this forum and tell the reality of how difficult it can be, landing in a new place.
Basically I have so many regrets, too many to list. I'm now in the unenviable position of being stuck out here with no job and no prospect of one (they don't need primary teachers here!) We can't afford a house, can't afford to go anywhere because petrol/food/entertainment is so expensive and in general, if we went back to the UK now we'd be destitute and have to throw ourselves on the mercy of Social Security and beg for a council house. In the UK I had a secure job, my own house, nice car, could afford three family hols a year. Plus, I had the support of family and friends to fall back on. Out here, I've nothing.
Sorry to be such a glum, but this is my reality, and it sucks! Really, I thought the grass would be greener on this side of the fence, but it's a very muddy brown.
Hi Deb17, boy you sound down....Know it's probably little consolation but when we were at the immigration department they assured us that employers should not differentiate between the two types of visa since for all intents and purposes you are permanent. They told us if we encountered any problems due to this they would be happy to contact the employer directly and explain the situation.....granted I don't know how practical that would be but surely worth a try? P.S you can buy a house you just have to get FIRB approval first which is just a formality. Try to keep your chin up....things could be worse, ATB Fiona
What on earth is a F.I.R.B? Not something I've heard of before...if it meant we could have bought a house two years ago when we got here and nobody told us then I'm going to be turning purple with rage. Why have we just wasted two years of good money renting then? Ooohhhh I'm spitting mad.
Doesn't really matter now anyway, seeing as we're a month off applying for a proper permanent visa, but only because my hubby has fulfilled the criteria, not me. Boo hoo. Now I feel even sorrier for myself.
Hi Deb, scroll down to Q6 http://www.firb.gov.au/content/faq.asp
Hope this helps.
moving and visa
Just joined, and myself and partner are only at early stages and have applied for a temp visa as we are being sponsered by the state. Just wondered if you could clear something up you say if it's a temp visa you are applying for not to bother, didn't really understand is that what you were saying? If so wondered why, also said you regretted it or have i misunderstood.
Hi me again sorry Deb didn't read the other threads computer skipped them understand now, don't know what happened.
Sorry you feel so down and have had such bad experiences. I'm hoping the grass is greener and have heard more positives than negatives so am keeping my fingers crossed. Youv'e got to try it else you'l never know i suppose.
Yeah I know what you mean Jo. We took this huge leap into the abyss and it's been all bad and now I've set the cat amongst the pigeons by admitting it, haven't I?
The thing is, has anyone thought how many people would actually bother to post doom and gloom onto this forum? Most people, if they've had bad experiences like ours would just pack up and go home and not bother to tell people about their failures, because it makes you a bit sick admitting to it.
It's only the people who've made a success of their move and are loving it that usually go on these forums - to shout to the world how wonderful everything is. I just thought it was about time a bit of balance, honesty and reality were brought into the equation. I spoke to a lovely lady from West Yorks, on the beach a fortnight ago. Knew straight away she was English because she was in the water with her kids on a 21 degree day! She'd only been here a week, hated it and wanted to persuade her hubby to turn round and go straight home. So I know I'm not the only one with negative feelings. There must be more like me - they just don't like admitting it to themselves or anyone else, because it means admitting you've failed at something so important.
Having said all that I do understand what you're saying. We were quite thrilled at the prospect of coming here and were prepared to take everything on in the spirit of adventure, or we wouldn't have set out on the journey. Just be aware that things can and do go wrong for some.