Natalie

6 Months in and finding it hard

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Hi Everyone!

Myself and my family  (partner and son and daughter) arrived here on 29th December 2016. We had just 4 weeks to sort a house rental, school, preschool etc and try and find work. .......

Well the kid's have settled which is great! But me and my partner are struggling a little. It's been really hard for me to find part time work that fits around the kid's, etc as childcare is just so unaffordable right now. I think a lot of my problems have been with my visa 489 (skilled state sponsored ) temporary visa. My partner is a bricklayer and as long as we both work for 12 consecutive months, after 2 years we can apply for permanent residency. - which is what we want to do,  but because we're temporary at the moment it seems to go against us.....

Anyway, if anyone has any advicethey can give us? Or has anyone been in a similar situation?  It would be great to connect with other brits too, and hear your experiences.

Thanks!

 

Natalie 

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Hello and welcome :) 

I don't have any experience of the visa you are on but can imagine that the temp aspect could be confusing to potential employers who don't understand how it works fully. 

I hope you are able to secure something soon. I'm guessing as you are in a temp visa the childcare rebate isn't available to you as this can help a great deal with childcare costs. Even without it OSHC isn't crazily expensive after school so it might be worth researching that at your local school to see if it could give you more options for a longer working day? Oh, you mentioned preschool so figure that could be what is costing more atm. Have you looked into family daycare or does that cost the same as kindy or perhaps is more cost effective? I'm not sure quite how the costing for that goes off the top of my head. 

 

 

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