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I am applying for a spousal visa (my husband is australian) we have been quoted about £700.00 for a migration agent.... does everyone reccomend using them or is it pretty straightforward to do on your own.. or does any one have any one they can reccomend to help?

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Comment by Michael J Kelly on February 28, 2011 at 9:27
Hi again Clare, we tried quite a few countries, Canada is nice but the winters too cold for us (Sydney winters are too cold so Canda had no chance!) We also lived in the USA for a while, very nice but not quite Australia. It's hard to put my finger on it but Oz has something that suits us.
Comment by clare kneebone on February 28, 2011 at 8:51

Thankyou michael for sharing...you do have an interesting experience, my husbands parents were seconded out in Australia during the late 50's with the navy but had to return when recalled with the navy. 

In the 80's we went there on a working holiday visa that young people could do for one year, loved it, got sponsored jobs, and were two weeks away from getting residency....when a general election was called and all migration stopped (to make the unemployment figures look better, we were told off the record)...so we had to return to england and apply again from scratch. Two or three years later we got our visas, started them off with a contract job, went to the middle east to work for a couple of years, and then returned to australia to live for the next 20+ years.

I think that if your job is on the wanted list, there will be work for you...which is much the best way to be in any country! But you may find yourself at the mercy of political string pulling as we have both found out!!! For good or bad!

We are in the UK to support our elderly parents for the time being. My husbands brother interestingly migrated to canada at the same time over 20 years ago....Now there is a wonderful country to live in if you cant get to australia...I love canada!!

 

Comment by Michael J Kelly on February 27, 2011 at 19:46

Well Clare I can only speak from personal experience and the fact that over the last few years things have got even more difficult. Some people find the forms quite confusing and would rather pay an agent so as to get the aplication right first time.....Oh yes my experience...emigrated to Oz in 1965 with my parents....was real easy then, my dad and uncle were plasterers and so their skills were in demand, they even let my other uncle "tag along" he was their labourer, no formal qualfications.

We returned to the UK 3 years later, unfortunately they were short sighted and failed to obtain citizenship...this was possible after only one year then (four years now, so thats harder).

I obtained a business visa in 2003, After a visit to Oz, and dinner in parliament, Canberra with the imigration minister. He advised which agent to use, as I didn't meet the requirements in some ways, he pulled strings ;-) allegedly!  Sometime it's who you know!

Yes I could fill in the forms if I were to apply now. I have been offering my advise on here for a while now, not always well received, but my experience non the less.

If you have a read through some of the senarios on here you will see some people only obtained their visa thanks to the skills of their agent. So I'm not for or against, If an aplication is straightforward and people feel confident after reading through the forms....go for it!

Comment by clare kneebone on February 27, 2011 at 8:33

Michael....I am curious....you say that it was easier...I am wondering why you say that?  Are you an agent? How do you know how hard it was 20 years ago?

There were no tv shows about migration, no online blogs, and the only bit of information we got from the UK about accomodation was to stay at maribyrnong in melbourne, which the taxi drivers refused to take us to because it was a refugee centre!!!!

I did not come to blog to discuss how hard it was for me then (or now back in the UK), but I thought to offer personal unique insight which of course is only based on my experience about my migration experience and my life in australia if it is relevent to help people with questions about migration. As you can see in this discussion alone...Paul has no home sickness, and I do recall I battled with it strongly....an indication that everyone will have their own problems to deal with. The question here was advice about using an agent to migrate to australia....based on my own experience and the fact that there are now pages of information online about this, I would simply save the money for the experience!!!

Comment by Michael J Kelly on February 25, 2011 at 20:34
With all due respect, moving to Oz 20 years ago was very much easier than it is now.
Comment by Paul Johnson on February 25, 2011 at 13:02
Funny, I've been here six months and have never had one moment of home sickness. I love it here and wish I'd moved years ago!
Comment by clare kneebone on February 25, 2011 at 11:17

I moved to oz over 20 yrs ago with young children and without any professional help. I moved back to the UK a year and a half ago.....and.....the move to australia was a piece of cake compared to the move back to the UK which is still making me tearful and frustrated!!!!!!!

Dont even bother with any help...they are geared up to accept, welcome and help migrants. Just go and deal with stuff day by day. The worst thing is the home sickness for about a year  and then you are fine.

The Aussies have a "can do" attitude, not like the UK. You will notice a huge difference!!

Enjoy!

Comment by Paul Johnson on February 25, 2011 at 6:08

Hi Claire,

 

Like many others, I applied for my 309 myself and it wasn't difficult, albeit a little time consuming.  My visa came though in Aug 09 and took about 7 weeks.  Save the money and do it yourself is my advice.

 

Good Luck!

 

Paul

Comment by Liz Dobson on February 24, 2011 at 20:00

This is all very useful.  My partner is Australian & we have been living together for just under 2 years & are at the beginning of the visa application process.  I am awaiting voluntary redundancy from my current job so cannot submit anything until that is granted.

 

Comment by Laura Balling on February 24, 2011 at 18:58

Hi Claire

I am in the same position as you and have applied for my spouse visa in January.  We haven't used an agent as we felt that the forms were fairly easy to fill in but you will need a lot of evidence to prove that you have a long and lasting relationship.  So far I sent my application in January, have been granted a case officer, was asked to provide some more evidence to prove that we have had and are still in a lasting relationship, which we duly sent.  I then got an email requesting police check and medical, which have been applied for.  I have had my medical and am just waiting for the results and am waiting for the police check to come back.  So far everything has seemed straight forward.  As for migration agents fees we were quoted quite a range of prices but the average was 6-800 pounds.  Good luck with the process whichever way you go.

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