The visa process has been a 2 year adventure for me. From making the decision, to getting my temporary visa to now finally having permanent residency.
The series My Australian Visa will include visa updates to give you some inside on the timeline of the visa process.
A little rewind first. At the moment of this update, I have been in Australia for 2 months, on a Working Holiday Visa. Anyone can apply for this visa which, (considering you have no criminal record etc), will be granted. The visa gives you the opportunity to stay and work in Australia for 12 months, starting from the day you enter the country.
My visa started on the 17th of December 2016, the day I arrived in Sydney, Australia.
Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is described here. This visa has 3 main requirements, one is age (between 18 and 31), the second one is the fact that you are coming over by yourself (no dependent child) and the last item is the fact that you have a passport from an eligible country.
This 417 visa is the perfect way to get yourself to Australia and start your emigration. The combination of a year of stay as well as the ability to work are a great way to set yourself up. I used the visa to enter the country, apply for jobs and start work, while sorting out my living situation as well as my follow up visa.
As said above, the Working Holiday Visa is a start, but it only gives you a year. After this year, you either need to have a different visa or have applied for one.
In this post I explain further how I got to the visa that I am applying for.
The plan for my follow up visa is to get a work sponsored visa. This visa means that the company that I will work for provides me with a visa. The business vouches for me to the Australian government by employing me. They are willing to sponsor my visa with my job and I pay the government for providing me with this visa.
I am in Australia with a temporary visa, ready to get my permanent residency. Let’s go part 2!