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Hi im 34 years old amd from Mamchester I previously lived in Perth in 2003/5 for 2 years and and now conoldering moving back with my wife and 2 year old son. I do French polishing self employed here which is similar to furniture finishing and painting and also joinery I don't have qualifications in FP but I do have a NVQ level 2 in carpentry mad joinery and am thinking possibly doing a student visa in a higher level in either joinery or painting I know this coat a little but we have enough savings around  £50k to help along with being able to work 20 hours each I have some family and friends in Perth still but just wondering what the work situation is like there atm and if this seems like a good idea from me or a silly dream on really fed up in th UK and juat want to be b.s. k in oz is be living SOR as the rent is cheaper there around 3/350 a week for a 3 bedroom house and where my family are based. Any info will be helpful so please let me know what you think thanks again mike

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The main thing to consider is that there would be far from any certainty you would be allowed to stay in Australia beyond the student visa. So, you would have to assume you would be returning at the end of it. In the mean time you would probably have punched a very big hole in that £50k. 

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Raising a family on two part time wages will be pretty tough, even with the savings you mention. You would have to fully fund your own education and pay your childs education costs as well.

Plus, as Verystormy says, you could well end up having to come back at the end of your studies.

If I were you, I would study in the UK to extend your skills so that you have a chance to qualify for one of the permanent visa classes in a few years time.

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Hi thanks very much for the replys I think you are both correct that maybe I need to get the qualifications in the UK and then apply for a permanent visa in oz that way seems like a more reasonable option the only problem being it would mean being in the UK for another 3 years maybe more and the thought of that isn't good tbh. I'm so fed up here im just trying to thibk of anyway to get back over to oz and a quick route I could have around £80/90k in 6 months when house I sold so would have more money but spending it wouldn't bother me as long as I knew we could stay as I'll happily earn the money again so it wouldn't matter to me. Oh well I'll have to keep thinking and see what time brings any other info from anyone would be much appreciated have fun over in Perth you lucky guys and trust me don't believe some of the gloom story's over read on here Perth is 10x the place of anywhere in the UK a country in my opinion going downhill at a rapid rate. Crime alone here is another level and there's many other things too but we don't need to get into that. Keep safe and have fun. Mike

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Hi, just reading the post and very good advise from the members, just thought to add little more from my experience. If you do want to migrate here then while studying and working in UK, you could keep approaching employers here. You only need one who can use your skills and happy to employ you. This may lead to your employer sponsoring you. I know its a long shot but I have met many people who have done the same but most of them, came here to study on their own expense and found an employer. In any event sending applications with your CV is still worth an effort. At least now thanks to internet, finding addresses of companies etc is much easier. Good luck, Shaz

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