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I need an opinion

Beitragvon life_in_a_nutshell » Do Jul 08, 2004 21:27

Hi everyone,
I'm just lookin for an opinion about wether people feel that I stand much
chance of suceeding with what i'm currently thinking! Quite honestly I
fear its near-impossible, but its worth asking anyway :)

I would like to come to Mauritius for 8-9 months and work. I am a
computer support technician with 5 years experience, I can't speak much
French but am improving, I can drive and I have a reasonable financial
standing. Other things in consideration:

- would I even find/get a job.. what is the IT/ICT support business like
there?
- should I rent/buy a car for the duration?
- what sort of costs would it be to rent a small apartment for this time?

I'm not talking long-term. Which would make it even harder to find a job.
But what about in the tourism sector.. don't they need english speaking
computer guys (lol!! as if). Either way, I would consider other areas of
work but I think a lack of french would be an insurmountable stumbling
block.. right? :-?

As you can tell, i'm not optimistic. But anything you can tell me is really
appreciated. I came to MRU in Nov-Dec and it seems a wonderful place
but the reason for my thoughts is purely a matter of the heart *winks*.

Thank you in advance, take care of yourselves and have a nice day :ploppop

Chris

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Beitragvon Golias » Do Jul 08, 2004 21:31

Trying to run away from the memories of the England vs Portugal Euro 2004 game? :wink)

Sorry for the easy joke but i just couldn´t help myself.

I´m also an IT guy and i´m going to Mauritius next week therefore i can ask around if nobody answers your questions.

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Beitragvon Michael » Fr Jul 09, 2004 13:14

Hi,

well - the questions are always the same (what is of course not your fault) but the answers remain same as well: No way!

Like everywhere in the world you will need a work-permit to start working here and to get a residence permit. Your chances are = 0. Sorry to say that. It doesn't matter what experience you have. I don't want to go in details now, but the demand you're expressing and how you're describing your intention results in a clear NO. I am sorry to say that.

If you get married to your darling and want to stay and work afterwards it will be no problem - just you will have to forget about the european income standard.

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Beitragvon life_in_a_nutshell » Fr Jul 09, 2004 15:40

Yes I realise i'm not the only one wanting to do this :-D
Is this 'no' opinion a general one?

I mean, the conditions of what i've said are all open to discussion but the key issue is I can't really afford to come to MRU for a long-ish period of time (ie. under a visitors visa ie. 3-6 months) and so was looking to see if there was any kind of income I could get. But I guess i'l just have sell stuff and afford it! :-?

She would prefer to come here, but we've tried that one already and they turned down her visa (we appealed, but immigration is a bit of an issue right now in the UK!)

Seems more and more like the only way forwards is to marry :P
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Beitragvon Michael » Fr Jul 09, 2004 16:11

Immigration is not only kind of an issue in the UK - it's nowhere easy actually. But what you're writing could be my story as well. I went to the same procedures and to my anger the visa was turned down several times, without mentioning any reason for that. I finally dedided as well to settle here and to get married. So far so good. Just I went through hell afterwards and learned finally as well why this bloody visa was always turned down - just it was too late. It costs me quite a lot of nervs, quite a lot of money and made me live two days and nights on the road, homeless and without a single penny in my pockets before I could sort out the problems I was facing. I hope you will not get in the same trouble. Good luck to you.

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Beitragvon stefan » So Jul 11, 2004 21:39

hi life_in_a_nutshell
reminds me on linux, gnome in a nutshell? :wink)
anyway

i believe you shut try to stay here for a time, i mean even if you don't find a job.
but you will see mauritius from diffrent angels and you can see for your self, what you can expect from mauritius.
in this time you see, what posiblilities mauritius have to offer you, in your job and on top you can see for a visa for your girlfriend.

i believe it is allways better to see things well in the beginning, then later.

- would I even find/get a job.. what is the IT/ICT support business like
there?
- should I rent/buy a car for the duration?
- what sort of costs would it be to rent a small apartment for this time?


not to sure, but as mauritius is looking for a cyber island, why not?

car's are very expensive here, but again, i believe it is very importend, so that you can move.

a appartment, you can get at about 6000RS a month for longterm, not sure how much it will be for your time period.

hope it helps
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Beitragvon life_in_a_nutshell » Di Jul 13, 2004 21:54

Hi guys,
Thanks everyone for your responses and opinions so far. I think getting a job, renting and staying for longer is preferable if possible. However I am now considering coming for say.. 2-3 months and visiting the island. Then in the new year, perhaps my g/f can arrange some kind of visa to come back to the UK and work. We need to talk 'bout it :ob

I did have one other question about living costs of Mauritius. Say, clothes, food, entertainment. I guess its hard to call an 'average' on this kind of expenditure, but how much would you estimate? :wink)

Take care, and thanks again.
Chris
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Beitragvon stefan » Do Jul 15, 2004 9:57

mh, thats depending on your lifestyle, i believe you talk about this, better with your girlfriend.
but i think it's wise, to see first what you can do here in mauritius and then you gone see what to do. :ploppop
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Beitragvon mike@hibiscus » Sa Jul 17, 2004 15:51

hi life_in_a_nutshell, i hope you are successful getting what you want. i know that these things can get rather complicated as 'Michael' helpfully pointed out but i have friends who have managed it but not without it's difficulties.. where there's a will there's a way eh?

I know that the 'cyber city' is near completion and would probably welcome outsiders (skills permitting).. it might be worth trying to contact someone from there and seeing what your options are..

anyways, the very best of luck and hope it all works out..

mikey

p.s i'm new here so "HELLO EVERYBODYYYYYY!!!" :-)
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Beitragvon life_in_a_nutshell » Mo Jul 26, 2004 14:47

Hi Guys, It me again with an update. Firstly thanks again for your comments and advice so far! The plan is to come for three months from mid-oct till mid-jan to "see what there is to see" and spend some time with my g/f :cool:

One of my concerns however was, three months (or just under) is quite some time.. what are the chances of me being refused? At immigration I plan to show them: passport, return ticket, letter from her family saying I can stay + contact information, evidence of sufficient funds for 3 month stay. Anything you think I have missed? Or am I being 'too prepared' ?
:-)

Any advice, as always, greatly appreciated.
Take care and have a nice day people.
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