The recent visa changes have had a huge impact on those who’ve
already started the process to migrate to Australia, including one of our
recent clients Paul Nevin who’s a financial planner.
Paul wanted to start a new life in Australia with his wife Alison
and their four children. She had lots of relatives in Australia and narrowly
missed out being born here.
“Her family moved to Australia in 1971 from the UK and six
years later Alison was conceived, but during the pregnancy her Father died at
the young age of 34, so the family made the decision to move back to Northern
Ireland,” explained Paul.
Making the move to Australia
As time, passed the family thought more and more about
Australia and Paul started investigating obtaining citizenship by descent for his
wife Alison, but it wasn’t straightforward.
“I contacted Dan Engles at Visa Solutions Australia. He was extremely thorough, to be honest he
was marvellous. He looked at it from all
angles, sought legal advice and then came back and told me that I could fork
out a lot of money but the likelihood was that Alison wouldn’t be granted
citizenship by legal descent.”
“Yes, it was a blow, but Dan explained I needed a plan B and
that’s when I decided to get my Australian qualifications in financial planning
and get sponsorship through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme on a
Subclass 187 visa,” explained Paul.
Securing a sponsor on a Regional
Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
Paul knew that there were plenty of financial planning
companies in the Middle East who’d like to have a representative in Western Australia
and Holborn Assets offered him a role.
He would go to Perth and take up a new position offering financial
advice to those who had overseas pensions and wanted to transfer them to
Australia with the best tax benefits.
Paul travelled to Perth and undertook an intensive 8-week
course and passed the Diploma of Financial Planning in 2016. His 187 visa was
lodged but in March 2017 everything started to unravel.
“The UK Government announced they were making changes in
pension legislation and this affected my role as a financial planner. Then Mark McGowan became premier for WA and
announced a massive shake up in the visa structure and that Perth was going to
be removed from the Subclass 187 visa scheme.”
“Holborn Assets pulled the plug on their Australian plans
soon after which meant I effectively had no job in Australia,” explained Paul.
Securing a new 186 visa in a rapid
With the 187 visa no longer an option, Paul needed to find
another sponsorship and gain permanent residency status through a different
VSA’s Registered Migration Agent Andrew Emmett suggested
the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) which wasn’t regional.
He worked with Paul to lodge the application and a different company Credence
International became his sponsor. But once again, Paul hit a stumbling block.
“The Australian Government had decided to reduce
the age limit for this visa to 45 from 50.
They were trying to push this through and my 50th birthday
was fast approaching so it was a real race against time. I came to Australia for
two weeks in June 2017 to move the application along and it was lodged on the
30th June, just days before my birthday.”
“Visa Solutions Australia also lodged a 457 visa as
this was a faster way to gain entry.
Credence International wanted me there as soon as possible and a
Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) would have a quicker turnaround,
hence the need for two visa submissions.”
“The 457 was lodged on the 5th
September and came through on the 22nd November. Once my 186 is approved I’ll cross over to
that as it gives me permanent residency. Further down the line I’d like to secure citizenship,”
457 granted and plans for the
move to Perth
Paul is looking forward to starting his new life
in Australia. He’s coming out ahead of his family, and recognises that the
country has so much to offer.
“My children enjoy sport and the weather is
brutal in Belfast, the outdoor lifestyle in Perth with the great climate is
very appealing,” he said.
Paul has nothing but praise for Dan and the team
at Visa Solutions Australia.
“Dan was a godsend, and the rest of the team at
Visa Solutions Australia. That man’s an
absolute genius, there were so many challenges, it was a bumpy ride, but if
there is anyone that can facilitate your visa application, it’s Dan and his