Case Study - Sam Hobden (Skilled Migration)

Background to Case

There were a number of difficult issues to deal with in Sam's case.

Firstly, Sam had a very unusual and specialised trade - Fibreglass Laminator. It was not an occuaption we had come across before, and so we applied for skills assessment for him in a special occupation - Trades (Not Elsewhere Classified). We gave Sam detailed advice on the requirements for skills assessment through Trades Recognition Australia, and his application for skills assessment was successful.

Next, we received advance notice that the pass mark for skilled migration was going to be increased. Unless we could lodge Sam's application immediately, he would not be able to meet the pass mark. We sent Sam an email but did not hear back from him. As the deadline was approaching, we gave him a call and let him know (I think this was in the middle of the night for him).

We were able to finalise and lodge Sam's application in time, and Sam is now a permanent resident of Australia.

Sam's Testimonial

I've travelled around Australia on several occasions over the years and more and more each time I've wished I could stay on a permanent basis. I've looked into the emigration process in some detail but have been daunted by the paperwork and ever changing rules not to mention an inept UK based immigration agency. My long held dream of living in the most amazing country on the face of this planet wasn't looking good. Then, as I was about to give up hope and very reluctantly settle down in the UK, some friends of my mother's recommended 'Acacia'. I now know that the bottle of wine I gave them for that information wasn't nearly payment enough!!

Acacia has done a fantastic job for me. In my opinion if you're looking for a company to help you achieve your dream of living permanently in Australia you can't do better than employ their services. They have an in-depth knowledge of the Aussie immigration system which will save you alot of time and money (without good help both of these can easily, and very quickly, be frittered away). The thing that has impressed me the most has been their exceptional attention to individual customer service, which is very difficult to find these days. From answering E-mails promptly (usually by the next morning), sorting out problems that always seem to arise and even, on one occasion, in the middle of the night (Australian time), Mark rang me to tell me of an important change in legislation which required my immediate attention. If he hadn't done that at the time that he did I could well have missed out on my one chance. That has to be the ultimate in personal service!!

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Mark, Katrina and the rest of the team for working so hard on my behalf and also for their patience and positive attitude which has made it a pleasure to work with them. Thanks to their help I'm looking forward to my new life in the land down under.

Regards,

Sam.

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