noun 1. an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country.
I never particularly fancied an unpaid career in the field of immigration research but at 23 years old, I find myself all too familiar with the ins and outs of various immigration policies and routines.
For those of you who have followed my blog since the beginning, you will remember that fun and adventure aside, the main reason Rich and I spent four months doing regional work was to become eligible for a second year visa here in Australia. If you would like to read why, head on over to THIS POST I wrote nearly two years ago (!) for the full story. Basically, it can be summed up something like this…. As part of a mutually beneficial scheme, Australia offers a year-long working holiday visa to UK citizens. As part of the agreement, if three months of qualifying agricultural work is completed in the first year, a second year working holiday visa can be issued.
Well we did complete our regional work and when our year was up, we chased the farmers for some paperwork, filled out an online form and 3 hours later, we had 12 more months on the countdown. But what next? Personally, I like to have a goal… actually I like to have many goals. An ongoing purpose at any given moment and just floating around and working didn’t really cut it.
The downside of the working holiday visas is that job wise, it makes all potential employers skeptical of your intentions. Who wants to hire somebody for a ‘serious’ job that is primarily in a country for a holiday and limited to 6 months employment with any one organisation? Having quickly worked this out, a new goal was born – the race to get sponsorship. T minus two years to convince somebody, anybody, that they want to, better yet, NEED to pay vast sums of money to the government to allow them the privilege of paying you an above average salary to work for them for a further two years.
Well here we are now. T minus six months and sitting pretty on our overly-wordy immigration documents granting us temporary residency in this very sandy country. Hello 457 visa!
All I have to do now is not get fired….. T minus 29 months. 😉
Whats your next goal and how do you go about making them?