Bumped 2 big paper wasp nests while putting all the outdoor blinds and shade cloths back up and despite getting surrounded by wasps on two separate occasions I didn't get stung once.
That's because your gaijin blood is too hot for them - 37 C is boiling dude!
MacGyver wrote:I'm confused. I've had a number of mates move to Oz with their J spouses over the past 2 to 3 years and as far as I know they all got PR before they left. In fact I signed paper work for 2 of them. This was not possible in your case? Compared to Japan getting PR for Oz is exceedingly easy, although far more expensive.
I'd have to agree. Ive been looking - just as a possible career option - at skilled migration to Western Australia/Perth. Seems theyre screaming out for people with skills in certain fields - one being geologists, my area. The requirements for State Sponsorship/immigration now seem to be that you have at least one year of experience within the last 24 months in your particular field, and that you pass the points test (where the benchmark seems to have decreased from 100 to 65 - which I have, in so long as I can get that one year experience, pass an IELTS test with a score of 8 or higher and move before I turn 33). As long as you satisfy those requirements, and u agree to live in the sponsoring territory/state for two years, one qualifies for Skilled Migration Visa 176, a permanent visa. Queensland, not surprisingly, was 5 years relevant work experience - and the SOL (Skilled Occupation List) was shorter.
As for Canada, it was pretty straightforward when it came to getting my wife's PR. The hard part was collecting all the evidence, which we had luckily accumulated over the course of a couple years. I was accepted as a sponsor after only like 3 weeks from the time we mailed in the application; she had some medical tests done, and we waited. I think in total in took about six months, and there were no glitches. We were both quite surprised, to be honest.
And just an aside: My great for today is thinking back about how easy it was/still is somewhat to get an ok paying english teaching gig in Japan. Sure, salaries and conditions have worsened, no doubt about it, but having been back in Canada now since November, it's been quite a shock with respect to how difficult it's been landing work. I was, however, just offered a job yesterday as an entry level "industrial hygienist", whereby I would have learned the ropes about inspecting buildings for asbestos, lead and mould. Let me tell you, it was a tough decision. Being offered a full-time job at $14/hour starting (around 1200 or 1300 yen), with primarily eikaiwa experience post-uni, was hard to turn down. The reason I did though was partly due to the nature of the work. I could have seen doing it short-term, but not long-term. And I felt that once I got in to it, it would have been able to move on from it and get into work that is more of my interest. The main reason I didnt take it, however, was knowing that Id have to visit derelict, boarded up and abandoned buildings. During the interview, I was told by the guy who interviewed me that he's been in buildings with homeless people and druggies. And that if I was offered the job, Id be going into buildings alone, and likely encountering similar situations at some point. And if you guys know anything about Vancouver, you'll know that there's an area called "east hastings" downtown, which is apparently the worst place in North America, not just Canada. It's apparently got the highest hiv/aids rate in N.America. Not to mention the number of boarded up buildings down there, and god knows what's lying around (ie. needles, etc..). I remember living about a 5-10 minute drive from there back in uni, and one evening finding a needle next to my car. That freaked me out. So yah, english teaching in Japan, as bad as it can be in terms of all the petty shit and degrading conditions, still aint the worst thing in the world, in my books...
Oh, I do have a couple other potential
job prospects in the coming days/weeks; that's another reason I turned this offer down. I basically gambled... and am crossing my fingers right now