A couple of yrs ago I visited Aus and fell madly in love with the place and the people, I returned again earlier this year to continue my love affair this time in Tasmania. Now im completely sold on the idea of making the big move to Australia.
Im currently based in the Uk working for a reputable childrens book publishers, I would like to branch out and try the freelance gig for a while so I can get a wide breadth of work under my belt.
But theres a slight hitch, from what iv gathered from immigration there arent many options for freelance creatives emigrating to Aus.... it seems that you pretty much have to be sponsered by either an employer or state/ region...(which as most companys would just employ designers and illustrators on a freelance basis rather than a fulltime in house contract sponsoring doesnt seem like much of an option)... or theres the pionts tested independant visa option but I get the impression that to apply for this your occupation needs to be on the list for indemand skills- which sadly for me graphic design and illustraion arent. (I suppose because Australia already has such a massive wealth of talented creatives!)
So far it looks like the only option open to me is a year holiday working visa (but a year seems like no time at all and im almost 100% sure i will want to stay for longer than that, or even look into emigrating permanently)
Does anyone have any insight into the mind boggling world of visas for freelance creatives?
Any advice would be very much apreciated!
Nope, it's pretty much how you say. I've spent the past 3 years living/travelling in Latin America while working remotely online, and it's all on tourist visas, with various visa border runs from time to time. Not really possible in "western" countries of course...
So go for a year and see if anyone will sponsor you for longer, or maybe you'll fall in love and get a visa that way! ;o)
used to be with a working visa you could stay for longer but had to work picking fruit or similar for 3 months or so, which can be a good experience anyway, my nephew from london did it, ended up working in a winery and had a ball
before you come do some work researching agencies and publishers, bung out some feelers, try getting some work before you come, 1+ year will be long enough to find out if it is viable for you, got no idea what you work is like but talent will count for much in someone sponsoring you or offering you a full time position
it is never easy - been there myself
::or maybe you'll fall in love and get a visa that way::
worked for me
::Illustrator and Graphic Designer were on the "in demand" list but not sure if they still are::
blimey, never thought that, not like there's many vacancies, maybe IT i can believe?
@PSCYSM - You are not allowed to do ANY work while on a tourist visa. Technically, even someone flying into Australia on a tourist visa for a week and just going to one client meeting is breaking the rules, though they would unlikely be caught. Working longer term you'd be taking a big risk, and be unlikely to find many employers willing to take the risk in Australia.
I mean worst comes to worst, a year is better then nothing.
I did the work holiday visa thing in the UK and ended up getting sponsored albeit I got the shits with my job and now planning a massive holiday but you might fall in love and get married, loads of opportunities, take the risk.