Here are all the countries I have analyzed for immigration options...
Useful info can be found on newsgroups, for example misc.immi.australia+nz.
My timeline for Australian Permanent Residency Visa. There is also a local copy below, on this page.
On September 25, 2004, my Australian Computer Society assessment arrived in the mail. It states that I have satisfied the requirements of the ACS PIM 2, Group A.
In order to send a valid General Skilled Independent visa application the following is needed:
birth certificate as a proof of age for all applicants,
skills assessment, including all documents submitted for assessment,
the address of residence during application processing.
Additional requirements include
nominating an occupation from the Skilled Occupations List,
completing the checklist for Additional Documents (page 18, book) and including all the relevant documents with the application, including the checklist
all family members must include 4 passport (45mm x 35mm) photographs with the name and the birth birth date printed on the back.
all applicants must send certified copies of all the pages from the passport, that are not blank,
main applicant must provide evidence of a recent work experience,
all applicants must include evidence of English language ability, (only original documents if IELTS), the score needed is 4.5 on IELTS;
main applicant must include a copy of the CV,
all applicants (older than 16) must complete form 80 Personal particulars for character assessment, including details of all addresses for the past 10 years.
completing the checklist for Other Documents (on page 19 of the book) and attaching the relevant documents.
specific work experience;
certified copy of the marriage certificate;
The application is to be sent to:
Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
GPO Box 1638
Adelaide SA 5001
The costs additionally include medicals, police clearance, and translation of documents.
application • booklet • assessment authorities • costs • points test
|English language ability||20|
|Specific work experience||10|
|Occupation in demand/job offer||0|
|Total for Skilled Independent||120|
The documents to be sent are certified copies in local language + certified English translations.
136 Visa timeline:
|2004-07-19||ACS assessment documents sent (2231-79).|
|2004-08-04||Received acknowledgement by email.|
|2004-08-11||Credit card charged.|
|2004-09-02||ACS assessment completed.|
|2004-09-25||ACS assessment received (2231-19).|
Skilled Independent 136 Visa
|2004-11-02||Sent off the application.|
|2004-11-15||DIMIA received the application.|
|2004-11-17||DIMIA charged the credit card.|
|2005-01-04||First e-mail from the case officer.|
|2005-09-09||Visas stamped in Belgrade Embassy.|
And after all that see the images from my visit to Australia.
Of great help were all the people chatting at BritishExpats forums/newsgroups.
*Animated flags of countries can be found on Flag Animations site.
2006-11-14: I heard the ad on the radio. Czech Republic enlisted Bosnia as one of the countries they accept legal immigrants from. On the page of Czech Embassy in Sarajevo there are details on the programme and some links to job sites. Bosnian job sites contain job ads posted by agencies from CR and additional can be found on other Czech job sites, like jobs.cz. Wikipedia contains details on how to earn the citizenship but people in forums say it's quite difficult.
Göteborg (Gothenburg) - Article on Wikipedia.