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    Guest JIMBO7070

    Hi Guys,

     

    Firstly, I'd like to thank all the contributors on the site for all their questions, answers and general banter. I've been reading the threads for about the past year and it's been really helpful, but have never contributed myself. I've been thinking about moving to oz since I went on a working holiday visa in 1997...(I hate thinking that was 12 years ago!!) :shocked::biglaugh: I spent six months traveling around and then came back to go to uni.

    Anyway, I keep changing my mind, one minute I'm certain that I want to move and the next I get cold feet. I'm now 30 and single at the moment, and I feel now is the time. So, I guess I just wanted to warn you that there will probably be plenty of questions and I'm sure many of you have answered them several times before so I'll apologise now!

     

    My main concern is spending a lot of money applying and then getting refused! Has that happened to you? What did you do? Can you appeal? Is there any point? Did you go away and improve your skills / education? My specific concern is that I'm a sales rep with plenty of experience but no degree; I finished uni with an HND and then got a job. I've spoken with a few agents and they say it won't be a problem but can you trust them? I don't mean any disrespect there but I've been quoted AU$3,500 to help with the application and obviously no guarantees.

     

    If I'm honest, going completely on my own is also daunting; I will know absolutely no-one once I'm there. Are there many others in the same boat?

     

    I'll leave it there for now but would appreciate any personal advice you can give

     

    Cheers

     

    Jim

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    Guest caoimhe

    Hi Jim, Welcome to PIA

     

    If you go with an agent that is registered with MIRAS then they are not allowed to take your case unless they are sure you will get the visa, so if they tell you that you have enough points then you really should have.

    It is a scary prospect, I came with my husband and kids so coming alone I'm sure will be very hard. There does seem to be a few single people on the forum and quite a few young couples your age that you could meet and socialise with. We have all been there and honestly I feel every one wants to help if they can.

    Good luck and keep us posted

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    In some ways though being single can make it easier as you are forced to get out there and meet people and when you find you have a truckload of invitations to things when you get here you don't have to worry about whether your partner is enjoying themselves, wants to go, wants to leave while you are still enjoying yourself etc. ( No comments are aimed to be derogatory about those who are enjoying coupledom or familydom :) ) To me it sounds like the perfect time for you to come and try something different while you are footloose and fancyfree. Go for it.

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    Guest graandjac

    Hi Jim, all I can say is bloody get on with it.....;)lol ,and I wish we had started the whole process years ago, and although its not on your mind right now its a way better place to bring up your future family. good luck:)

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    Guest Lisajonesey

    Hi Jim,

     

    My suggestion would be to attend one of the "working in.." expos. We went to one in London - they're really busy, so be prepared to queue!

     

    I had similar concerns about paying so much money, only to be rejected - so I fired LOADS of questions at one of the migration agents at the expo.

     

    We found out that I didnt have enough points - but my boyfriend did (even though my job scored higher than his...)

     

    Once you've got all of this sorted - pop on the DIAC website and double check the criteria for the visa's. You may also need to get your skills assessd.

     

    Once we had all the answers to the "do we qualify" questions, we did all the paperwork ourselves - which saved a fortune.

     

    As far as your worries about applying vs not.... I'd say - Go for it.

    You don't HAVE to go - and you don't have to stay there forever either.

     

    I'd suggest thinking about why you want to come over here and why you don't.

    There are loads of people over here that you can meet up with - and i'm not trying to detract from the importance of making the decision - but will you kick yourself if you didn't give it a go?

     

    I moved out here with my boyfirend - and we didn't know anyone... but I guess we had each other - I agree with the previous post on here, saying you're probably much more likely to meet people when you come out here on your own.

     

    It's perfectly normal to worry about all of this - and god knows I cried for days!

     

    The decison is a lot easier when you dont have to pay for migration agents - as it's much cheaper - and takes a little while - so you brain can have chance to adjust... :P

     

    If you have any questions on anything - just PM me - I'll be happy to help.

     

    Good luck!

     

    Lisa.

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    Guest JIMBO7070

    Thanks for your replies and support. I've booked a ticket for the 'Emigrate2' expo in Liverpool on Sept 27th ( http://www.emigrate2.co.uk/shows_and_publications.htm ) so I'm going to double check my position with the agents there and fingers crossed they confirm my situation.

     

    Does AU$3500 seem reasonable for agents fees? That was from a company called 'Australian Migration and Visa Lawyers' has anyone heard of them and are they any good? Or can you recommend any other agents?

     

    I like the idea of saving that money and applying myself; is the process fairly straight forward? Do you know if the government 'fast track' agency applications because they know they are unlikely to make mistakes?

     

    Thanks again

    Jim

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