I am in Australia on my second-year working holiday visa. I am working at formwork carpentry. I have lots of site experience but no papers. I have two uncles that are residents of Australia, is it possible for them to sponsor me? I don’t want to go home!
Dear Paddy Joe,
Your options to look at skilled visas will depend on your experience in formwork carpentry. Under the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, formwork carpenter is a specialisation of carpenter. With at least three years’ experience as a formwork carpenter it is possible to be sponsored by an employer on a temporary work (457) visa.
From July 1,2011 sponsoring employers must pay a market rate salary above $49,330 a year.
With more than four years’ experience it may be possible to have your skills assessed by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to gain an Australian Qualification Certificate III in your trade.
To apply for a permanent visa directly a migration skills assessment is needed via Trades Recognition Australia. As a first step to having your skills recognised, do a self-assessment with an RTO or at the government’s Trade Set website: http://www.tradeset.com.au/
Be honest with your self-assessment. This step is free, the next stages will cost money. Relatives can be a temporary or permanent employer-sponsor, provided their business has a genuine need for your occupation.
Relatives such as uncles and aunts can also sponsor applicants for the points tested skilled sponsored migration (176) visa. However following migration law changes on July 1, 2011, no points are awarded for sponsorship by a relative. So for this visa type it would appear a relative can no longer add value.
Consider seeking a full assessment and strategy from a registered migration agent before starting any application. Find an agent at http://mia.org.au/
My husband and I are here on a student visa for two years. I’m the student. Our visa allows us to work 20 hours per week when my course is on and any hours during the three months a year holidays. As a heavy goods vehicle driver my husband is struggling to find part-time work. Is there a way to extend his work rights?
Student visas for vocational study such as the popular business or fitness certificates and diplomas (572 visas) or bachelor degree courses (573 visas) have condition 8105 that limits work to 20 hours a week during term time. There are no restrictions on work during the holiday time or after the course finishes. This condition cannot be changed and breaking the work rights could result in your visa being cancelled.
Family members of students who have started a masters or doctorate degree by research can work unlimited hours. Research students can work unlimited hours if they are a PhD or masters student and have submitted their thesis for marking.