Hi all, thought I might try and help with questions, if I can, and if I can't I'll try and head you in the right direction. I'm no expert or anything like that, but I'm on several other websites, forums etc so again, if I can't help you I'll probably know someone who can !
As you can see from a previous blog we were granted our 175 (Victoria) sponsored visa on the 25th July, 2008. We decided to go through the process with an agent who I don't have any hesitation in recommending. Hubby's a Plumber and has been self employed all his working life and he kept his certificates, which really helped get him through the TRA. It's taken nearly 2 years from when we contacted our agent, to doing all the relevant paperwork to finally getting our visa, not a short process but hopefully worth it in the end.
The cost of the process will depend on how many people are in your family, obviously 2 going on a visa is cheaper than six, like us!!!! We recon it's probably cost about £5,000 and now because we haven't sold our house we must validate our visa to give us more time to get over there, not cheap but we are so looking forward to it. It's going to be a holiday and a fact finding mission as well, house prices, locations all those sort of things, so if any of you want us to find anything out while we're there drop me a line, and we'll do our best to help.
Good luck for all those still in the process and may you not have to wait too long !!