I've just joined this forum as I am interested in Australian game developers. Nice little forum going on here.
Okay, are there any members here (artist, employers etc) that can shed any light on the process of Australian companies employing artists from overseas?
I am an English artist with about 11 years experience (about 16 or 17 years if I count my early 8bit days), who would absolutely love to work and settle in Australia. The ideal scenario would be for me to be able to become a permanent citizen and live in Melbourne, as I have a sister who has lived there for about 15 years. She's now an Aussie citizen with 2 lovely Aussie kids.
So, what do I need to know?
Well, do many employers actively seek artists from overseas?
If so, do they only employ on a short-term contract basis. Or, do they assist in sponsoring the employee (after a determined period) to become permanent residents?
I would apply for residence through the usual channels via the immigration process, but it seems games artists are not considered on the skills in demand list. Also, my experience is all either self taught or on the job experience. I don't have any academic certificate to back up the work I do. This, basically, creates a brick wall for me with the usual immigration channels.
So, do any employers have means of employing people like me (with only on the job experience)? Also, do employers have ways and means of sponsoring people like myself, with methods of assisting with permanent residency?
I know this could be a touchy subject with some. I don't want to be considered as taking jobs away from Australian citizens. I certainly don't consider it that way when England employs Australian artistsprogrammers etc. It's a supply and demand scenario.
Anyway, I sincerely hope there's somebody here who can pass on any info, regarding my queries. I would be most grateful.