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Visa: It's everywhere you want to be

I'm so witty.

So, I was looking at more details about the infamous Australia Visa Thing. This is what I currently understand:

1) I can apply online.
2) If I do apply online, it usually takes 2 business days for an approval.
3) I can do it until the day I turn 31.
4) It's good to enter the country any time for a year, and then the countdown for how long I can stay starts, with a year from that date.
5) I can only work for the same employer for 3 months.

...

I think.

I need 5000 Australian dollars, which looks like about 2000 pounds. This isn't as much as I originally thought. For once, the exchange rate is in my favour! (I thought I'd need about the same amount in pounds, and 5000 pounds is a lot of money.)

It looks like this will not be as complicated as I thought it would be, which is a huge load off my mind. I'm still a bit torn - I'm pretty sure if I wanted to, I could arrange to stay in Scotland and work for longer, but I was leary to do that if it would screw things up too badly for Australia. Assuming I don't want to stay in Aus for 2 years instead of just 1, I should be okay. (As a note, you can apply for an extension of your Visa for Australia, but you have to work for three months in the agriculture industry. Me? Lazy. So, probably not.)

And that's where things stand now. I really want to do this, but at the same time, I don't want to leave Scotland quite yet. Luckily, I've got until July to get at least part of it sorted out....

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Why you want to leave me....... *runs away weeping like a little girl*!

Alternatively check out the work visa requriements for skilled trade (which I think teaching falls under). If you get your qualification in Scotland and then go to Oz for a longer period (and teaching pays a lot better than farm work!)

$2000 bucks for a Visa? Yoiks. "you want come to my country? Hokay, you pay me... $500 dollars." "Yes? Wow, you sucker. Next guy, I ask $1000 dollas."

Except, you know, with an Aussie accent.

-James

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