On Sunday I went to an emigration exhibition to have a little mooch around and maybe see if I would qualify for an Australian Visa – or if I would just get laughed at (given I don’t have any ‘trade’ skills).
After sitting in on a talk by an immigration expert and then speaking to him later on, it seems that I may qualify for a Regional State Sponsored Visa. Which would mean me living and working in whatever Australian State my ‘skills’ were needed for 2 years – which turns out it could be in South Australia (major city is Adelaide) – after the 2 years I’d be free to move out of the state and live/work/slouch/die wherever I wanted to.
Now, I’m not being naive, I know this immigration gimp may just be telling me this because he wants me to give him loads of wonga to process an initial application. However, they do seem like a reputable company and they are emailing me more detailed information (free of charge) later this week/next week. So I’ll know more then. It’s all at the ‘it’ll do me no harm just to find out’ stage at the minute.
However I’ve since been wondering if I’m being totally stupid or not. I mean, I’ve never set foot outside of Europe, nevermind visited Australia. Yet here I am putting feelers out for a permanent visa to go and live there. On the other hand though, if I got a working holiday visa, I’d be doing basically the same thing anyway (albeit with a bit more freedom to become a nomad), but just knowing it’s only for 12 months or whatever.
So, where do things stand now? I’m not sure:
Short term: Possibly apply for a Working Holiday Visa by Feb/early March (I’m 31 in March, they don’t give working visa to old gits over 30) which would let me go to/stay in Oz until feb/mar 2011 and become a travelling gypo until then. Which would require me to save like I’ve never saved before, but then at least I have that option to piss off over there mid next year-ish.
Long term (the all or nothing option): All depends on information the immigration wonga thief gives me. I mean, if he says “Yep, you’ll qualify for a visa, it’ll take 12 months and the visa costs £1500/2000” what do I do? Would it be totally stupid/short sighted of me to do it without having never been to Australia? If I went down this route, given I have NO savings and next to no possibility of getting a loan, it would therefore make the short term option a no go.
My ‘sensible / shit myself at the unknown/never being spontaneous’ head tells me that I can’t possible do something like this.
My ‘what the fuck is holding you back’ head tells me to be the first person I/family know to move to another country. Stop plodding on, accepting second best, and to actually do something with myself.
I keep telling myself that loads of other people do shit like this…so why can’t I? (This is how I’m currently selling it to myself). I’d rather not get to ten years down the line and think ‘what if’.