This is not a one of the regular and boring articles I posted before. Today, I'm writing to share with you my small success:
I've got my permanent Australian Visa and a Arrived in Sydney!
I thought it would be interesting for some of my readers to know more about my story, That's why I listed below key events in my immigration timeline. It is also a good chance for me to look back at past 5 years and recall what's been in my life over this period.
I hope that main takeaway in my story for you will be the fact that if you work hard, you succeed. Please, remember that, find your why and take action.
- August 2012 - It was my wife's idea to move to Australia. From here we started our journey and the first challenge was IELTS.
- April 2013 - IELTS: L6.5 | R6.5 | W6.5 | S5.5 (academic)
- September 2013 - IELTS: L6.0 | R6.5 | W5.0 | S5.5 (academic)
- April 2014 - IELTS: L7.0 | R7.5 | W6.0 | S6.0 (academic)
- August 2014 - IELTS: L6.5 | R8.5 | W6.0 | S7.0 (academic)
- December 2014 - Positive outcome letter (Engineers Australia, occupation: Electrical Engineer, 6 years experience)
- February 2015 - IELTS: L7.5 | R7.0 | W7.0 | S7.0 (academic)
- April 2015 - IELTS: L7.5 | R7.0 | W7.0 | S7.0 (general)
- June 2015 - Invitation to Apply (Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189)
- July 2015 - Application lodged
- August 2016 - Visa grant letter
- October 2016 - Sydney, Australia
That's it. I was the main applicant and my wife and daughter were migrating family members.
At this time, I arrived in Australia without my family. To tell the truth, it was a bit scary for me as I've never travelled abroad. However, it was optimal solution, because it might take quite long time to find a job and a place to live (for me and me family).
I can't wait to share with you that I was really impressed by Sydney. Here is the list of most memorable things from my first week spent in thу city;
- left side traffic
- numerous cafes and restaurants (there are literally hundreds of them)
- flavours of different types of cuisine mixed with flower fragrance
- friendly and multicultural population
- lots of beautiful places, unique architecture
Below, find the pictures that describe what I've seen in Sydney much better than I can describe in writing. I'll just mention that over the first 5 days I visited several areas and attractions in the city such as CBD, Glebe, Campsie, Leichhardt, Sutherland, Opera House, Darling Harbour.
It's been exciting first week! However, I have plenty of things to do
- find permanent place to live (already done!)
- develop my speaking skills
- find a job
- get new friends and connections
To be honest, it takes a lot of efforts in the beginning to adjust in new city and new country. How people live, communicate and work, a lot of things differ from those in my country.
Nevertheless, as time goes, I feel myself more confident and comfortable. I got to know how to shop in supermarket, take a train or bus, ask for help local people.
What I want to do now is to ask you for a favour. I need to get new connections here. Over the last years, I've learned that the more you help others the more you get in return. Therefore, if you are here in Australia, or you know someone from this country, write to me or leave me a comment. I know that somehow it will help me to start my new life here (maybe even find a job). I also could give advice to you or your friend, if you need one. What's more, it would be great to meet somewhere in Australia.
Keep in touch!
By the way, at the moment I am actively looking for a job here, in Australia. I am an experienced Electrical Engineer (maintenance, commissioning) and I'd really appreciate it if you
- give my some advice on how to find a job quicker
- share your contacts in this industry
- know someone who could help me with my resume (preferably native speaker with engineering work experience)
- help me with job search in any other way
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