Moving to Australia with 457 Work Visa and What To Expect

Find a job these days isn’t easy. (Any job is easy but a job that suits you, and would be happy to stay and in a great company isn’t)

Finding a job in a different country doesn’t make it any easier.

Finding a company to sponsor your work visa and offer you a job isn’t anywhere close to easy.

When I decided to move to Australia, it took a lot of consideration and thinking. I’ve been through a lot in the past 12 months and that is why I have to decided to share my story. When I first graduated, I searched for jobs in Singapore for 9 months and many times I was rejected because I needed a working visa/permit or I wasn’t physically in the country for an interview. Hence, when I decided to move to Australia, I knew it wasn’t easy.

I started sending my resume in October 2016, decided to quit my job back in Malaysia in December 2016 and moved to Sydney in January 2017 and that’s when the serious hunt starts.

 

Looking for a job is full time – bear in mind. Updating your resume/CV and revising it a million times, cover letter, emails and applications. Everyday, I would be searching and applying for jobs for 6 hours per day and in would be sending and applying over 30 jobs. #lifeishard (Some applications even require you to sign up to their system and do an online test which takes more time)

I was lucky to be able to schedule interviews at least 3 a week and I take my interview sessions as a practice and always improve how I present myself the next time. but after 2 months of applying and interviews I finally got an offer. (with the help of a very awesome recruiter)

With the process of applying visa and waiting which took 4 months, I received my visa and I’ve been working for 2 months.

 

Time flies.. …

 

With this, many people have asked me how the process was and what are the steps needed for the visa.

First you’d need a job offer, without the job offer you can’t apply for a work visa.

Second, the company that offer you a job has to sponsor and pay for your visa. (but that doesn’t mean you don’t pay anything)

Third, the agent (usually appointed from the company) will then collect your documents and lodge your application

Forth, you wait till the nomination approval is given – this means the approval for the company to sponsor is given but does not mean your visa is granted. In some cases, agent will only lodge the visa application after the nomination application is given, but in my situation, both were lodged at the same time so when we received the nomination approval, we did not have to submit any visa application since it was done earlier.

Fifth, visa is granted and you may start work anytime.

 

Fees and Cost 

If you ask around the agents, different agents will tell you a different cost of the visa, it various between $8k to $20k (depending on what the agent fee is and all that document cost and jazz) but that is up to the company to agree to pay for it.

A company can’t randomly say they want to sponsor even if they are willing to fork up the money because they have to be in the list or to be “nominated” – this means, they are allowed to hire overseas and sponsor their visa. Hence during the Visa application there is two part of application

  1. Visa Employer Nomination
  2. Visa Employee Application

Visa Employer Nomination is applied from the HR of the company and Visa Employer Application is applied by you (employee). That means with every document and application there is a fee. Something that I didn’t know and nobody has inform me prior to this.

Visa Employee Application Fee various from agent and time (thanks to the government) but what I had to pay and fork up;

  • Application form $1,750
  • Agent Fee $1,650
  • IELTS test $330
  • Health Check $323

That comes up to a total of $4,053 (rough estimate of RM15,000) that has to be paid for the visa before the agent starts any work what more the application. This fee doesn’t include your flights here, accomodation, transport, food and allowance and anything else that you would need BEFORE you start working to earn any income here. So this is something that you would need to keep in mind and to some people it may be mentally stressful.

 

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8 days after we lodged our application, Prime Minister announced that the Working Visa 457 would be abolished and everyone freaked out. The same morning, I emailed and contacted both my recruiter and the agent to ask if I would be affected and what would this mean.

New rules;

  • Instead of Work Visa 457, it is now called Short-Term Work Visa or Medium-Term Work Visa depending on skills
  • Instead of 4 years visa granted, new visa would only be 2 years grant
  • Previous 457 visa allows unlimited renewal each time visa expires, new visa (Short Term Work Visa) only allows one renewal with no approval guarantee ( I was told there would be a review )
  • Previous 457 visa can be applied with no working experience, new Short Term Work Visa would require a minimum of 3 years working experience.

 

Some people applied offshore and they are lucky enough to be able to stay in their home country while applying for jobs overseas, waiting for visa and all that jazz before coming over here hence they reduce waiting time and during the waiting time, you will not be allowed to work unless if you obtain a working holiday visa or any visa that permits you to work.

Many people told me they envy my non-working days but I can honestly say I did not enjoy it at all. I couldn’t do anything to have income, not even part-time of freelance (legally). That was my biggest obstacles but after torturous four months of waiting, I finally started work and I did not regret anything at all even if I had to be jobless of 9 months.

 

 

 

p/s. based on my personal experience.

 

 

Clearly made my vision better

Almost everyone shops online, with a few taps or clicks on your desktop, mobile or tablet – your item is on your way. But with e-commerce dominating the internet, it’s giving us so much more options and sites to buy from. Discount codes and promotions are constantly given out to attract new customers. But what’s most important is the customer service or how user-friendly it is.

Back then in Malaysia, getting contact lens wasn’t difficult, I could walk into any store or find my friend who’s an optometrist or even buy it from my all time favourite online store mrlens.com.my . Obviously, that was out of my option being in Sydney and I had to find a new shop/store to buy my lenses. 8 years ago when I was in Perth, I used to buy my contact lenses from another site but it wasn’t as cheap as it was anymore until I found Clearly.

 

Oh Look! 30% off frames & lenses now!

 

So when I ran out of my contact lens and decided to purchase some from Clearly (because vain-pot me refuse to wear glasses everyday especially on special occasion). I’ve gotten 2 boxes with a discount and free shipping and it arrived at my door within 3 days. #notkidding

 

 

Look at that timeline!

 

So within 3 days, my contacts arrived with a free case (and yes I switch between Acuvue Oasys and Pure Vision 2. Waiting to try Biofinity but will talk about that in a different post)

 

No doubt here it is – genuine and authentic ( I know some people are really paranoid with e-commerce and buying things online )

Even the packaging looks so pretty!!!

 

 

BUT

 

When I was looking into the boxes I realise something…

The power for both boxes were different!!!

 

 

I can’t be wearing power that is less than what i’m supposed to. What’s the point of wearing contacts then?

 

So i quickly searched on the returns and warranties. After so many years, I have never had to return something or request for an exchange. I know my friends do and it’s a lot of hassle to do so.

 

 

Turns out, as long as the boxes are unopened and it’s within the 6 months expiry date, I could return them for free! But clearly I did not want to wait so I called them up immediately.

 

And within 5 minutes talking to a nice lady on the phone.

 

 

I’ve been refunded full amount of the one box.

 

A new order has been replaced at the same cost in less than 5 hours..

 

 

 

That was quick. Talk about speed.

 

 

  • Great services
  • Great range of lenses
  • Quick delivery in excellent condition (I hate those crappy cardboard boxes that is dented and you don’t even get it in a nice condition)

 

Currently, they are running a promotion –  $10 off contact lenses on all orders above $99

 

 

BUT, if you are a new customer, you are able to get 10% discount of your first purchase on contact lens PLUS free shipping! How about that!

So if you’re looking for a new place/site to buy your frames and glasses or contact lenses. Check out Clearly.

 

EONIQ | CUSTOMISED YOUR OWN WATCH

Anyone who knows me would know how much I love watches. Downside about it is that, sometimes, I really love a particular design, but feel that it’s not worth to buy it because of the mechanics/how it’s made and the whole package. ANOTHER reason why, it’s too common. You’re bound to bump into a friend or even a stranger with the same watch. Well, I don’t mind if it’s a good watch, that means someone knows the quality and have the same liking as me. Nothing wrong with that.

But what if, you had a ONE-OF-A-KIND watch? Everybody loves limited edition – a unique, one in a million kind.

I stumbled upon instagram on a brand called EONIQ – a start up fashion brand started by three friends in Hong Kong led by Quinn Lai.

I knew immediately, this was the perfect gift.

It was pretty easy to work on.

You can create your watch on your laptop/desktop, tablet or even your mobile phone. BUT of course if you want to upload a file for engraving, best to do it on laptop/desktop.

When I first saw this, I was a little skeptical tbh. I know everyone would.

p/s. spot the watch at the end. LOL

I contemplated, searched and looked up at them for a really long time. And decided what could go bad? Everything’s clean and pretty good on social media.

Few reasons why I went ahead with it.

1. It’s a custom-made watch. Meaning it’s limited edition/one in a million (okay, not even one in a million, it’s ONE in the world) kind of watch. Anyone who has the same watch/design, would be a copycat. 

2. With that, it’s a very strong personal statement and a very meaningful gift that people who value it would really appreciate it. 

3. It’s a mechanical watch – the Miyota 8 series movement which is the legendary 21 jewel powering some of the most robust watches including the drive and pilot watches. Mechanical watches right now are highly overpriced with a good quality/brand and would at least cost RM2.5k for a good one. 

4. The watch is entirely hand assemmbled and checked by a single watchmaker, with the proper tradition way of watchmaking (HOW COOL IS THAT??) 

Asides that, the all-time-famous Daniel Wellington where 8/10 would own have owned one, doesn’t allow you to customise it, AND, it’s an analog quartz watch. Which retails now roughly at RM800. When DW came into the whole Social Media sphere, I was excited. I loved the clean, sleek minimal yet classy design. But I was in a hunt for something sentimental, something more personal, and EONIQ came to me. Not literally to me, but their ads on Instagram appeared on my feed.

SO,

Took me 5 days to decide and design the watch, and another 4 weeks to arrived to me. (that’s a very loooong time)

– Creating the watch was easy, steps were given and everything was in a single page. 

– The difficult part was the finalise and select the final design to check-out with because EVERYTHING LOOKS SO GOOD! 

– Customer service via email and Facebook were really quick, responsive and helpful with my queries. (I needed it within 4 weeks and they were able to send it to me even though the website states it would take about 5-6 weeks) 

When it finally arrived, I couldn’t be any happier. I was really satisfied with the finishing, how it turned out to me, the rose gold rims and the brown leather strap.

“Some said long distance relationship will never work, but with effort, time and commitment, love will find it’s way.”

You can find out more and follow them;

Facebook: EONIQ https://www.facebook.com/eoniq/?fref=ts

Instagram: eoniqdesign https://www.instagram.com/eoniqdesign/