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  1. Hi All, We have recently been awarded PR and my husband has decided to set up his own business out here. He haS gone to apply for his Contractors Licence but they are saying that his Vetassess is not enough evidence of him having a equiv cert III (even though the cert they give you says it is proof that you have the equiv of a cert III!) Apparently he needs to go to TAFE or another registered training organisation to get a formal certificate. They are quoting him thousands of dollars to do this!!!! Has anyone else experienced this?? I dont understand why I have to pay for something I have already paid for?! If Vetassess doesn't give you the right documents then why does the bloody immi dept use them???
  2. Lazy and cut corners was the words he used. Thanks for all your responses. I might give TAFE a call myself tomorrow and see if i can make any progress.
  3. Yes his builders licence. I am ok paying for that (well im not but you know what i mean). Prob is Dept of Fair Trading will not accept his VETASSESS cert as a valid skills assessment for cert III. They are telling us to go to TAFE to get a cert but they want to charge us $1200 or something stupid!
  4. We have showed them the 10yrs experience (inc 2yrs working for a firm here in Oz), all the quals, the vetassess and the white card and they are still saying he needs a cert III document from TAFE! I am going to call TAFE myself tomorrow I think. Funny you should say POMS are substandard workers - my OH has been disgusted by the standard of work over here!
  5. Just got the email assigning us with a Case Officer! Wahoo! I was not expecting it to move this fast! Forgot to add a few qualification certs (whoops!) but they are also asking for additional evidence of employment. Do you think the comment below implies that they will not class him as a Carpenter until he completed his apprenticeship? "Detailed work references showing the date that you were employed as a Carpenter and had completed your apprenticeship." He has been doing chippy work for over 9 years but just didn't get the qualification straight away. Carpentry is one of those trades where "recognised" qualifications aren't a pre-requisite...plenty of people have just experience but he just decided after a 6-yrs that it would be good to get it recognised (esp as we were planning to move here)! Hopefully I am just reading in to it because if this is the case he will only be seen as having 3-yrs experience as a "qualified" carpenter and put us 5 points below!?!?! I attached work references from his current Australian employer (where he has been employed for 1 year) and his previous UK employer (where he was employed for 8 years). Both of these references show dates, job title and duties; they are on headed paper and signed by the Owners of both companies. I also attached copies payslips and tax forms. He also comfortably passed the vetassess. If they want more what additional evidence could I give? I don't think we have anything else?!
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    How long are 175's taking?

    Hi, My hubby and I are currently in Sydney on a 457 through me but in the next few weeks will be apply for the PR visa 175 through my husbands trade. How long are the visas taking to process at the moment? We need to be off shore for the visa to be approved and were hoping that it would tie in with our trip home to the UK in Oct 2013 (16mths time). What do you reckon are chances are? Any way your case officer can tie it all in if you have a trip date in mind? Danielle
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Thanks! We feel very good! We actually applied on the 3rd May, our case officer was the 9th June.....we got the visa through yesterday. So just under 3 months.
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    WAHOO!!! Just got the pre-grant email!! Now just need to go offshore (we are currently in Aus on a 457) to get the visa formally stamped in the passport! So relieved! 457 has been great but knowing you have PR independently just gives me a much better feeling of security and longevity! Now to plan a nice holiday to Bali / Fiji in October....might as well do it in style! ) YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!
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    Employment Advice

    I work in recruitment (started off agency side here but now work in-house for a big retailer) and I think you will be absolutely fine. Only thing I would perhaps do is a MS Office course if you are not that good...particularly MS Excel. Any other quals you would do in the UK probably won't be recognised out here (except a degree) so I wouldn't waste your money. You may struggle to get in to a bigger company but there are plenty of small businesses that would probably snap you up. You have your big careers sites like SEEK but the smaller firms don't always use it because it can be $$ for them....they usually advertise on gumtree and in the local paper. Don't be afraid to do temp / contract work either....good way to get your foot in the door. Best of Luck Danielle
  10. Australia works hard and often put in over and above the standard 40 hour week but the difference is when they stop and have the time off they make the absolute most of it! It's not like the UK where you sit indoors all weekend...or just go to the shopping centre. You are down the beach, out fishing, kayaking, speed boating with the kids on a rubber ring (you don't have to be a millionaire to own a boat in Aus), walking around a national park, having a picnic....and so much more.... My weeks are often long and tough but I have the best weekends ever!
  11. Depends on the standard of living you are used to and how many people you need to support. Sydney isn't that expensive if you are sensible about where you live, where you shop etc. If it is just you then $77k will be fine. If you have a family you may find it a little tight...
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Medicals yesterday (3 hours of sitting, waiting, moving from room to room) glad they are all done! Should get the results back in 2weeks. Australian Police Checks sent off last Weds....any idea how long they are taking to come back? I saw something a while ago saying there was a backlog? UK Police Checks being sent off next week - luckily the OH had booked a trip home as we haven't known anyone for 2 yrs that can sign our pics over here!
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Good news. The Case Officer yesterday confirmed we have met the pass mark (we were panicking the 4yrs of experience before he did an NVQ wouldn't be counted) and have been requested to get health and police checks sorted. Booked in for the health check Saturday, Aus police checks being sent off today and UK next week (when my hubby is back home and can get someone that has known us for 2yrs to sign them!). Fingers crossed we can get it all approved in time for our trip to NZ at the end of Aug! )
  14. We are on a 457 visa through my employer but wanted a bit more security so applied for PR independently on my husbands skills. Good news is today our case officer confirmed that based on qual & exp we had met the pass mark. They didn't say how many points we passed with though. We put in for the full 8yrs (he has 9yrs inc the 2.5yr course he did in the middle) but even if they took off the time for the course that would've brought us down to the 5yr points & right on the pass mark. Now for meds & police checks...
  15. We came out with about £10k and coped absolutely fine. As everyone has said it depends on your standard of living. We stayed in a very (very) cheap hotel when we arrived, bought a cheap car ($5k) and we decided to rent in a cheaper (half the price!!) area outside of the city (Central Coast) and do the commute. We bought our furniture and home bits off 2nd hand off sites like Gumtree, factory 2nd stores or cheapy stores like BIG W, Kmart and Fantastic Furniture. About 6 months in we were both comfortably earning and spending dollars and started to upgrade cars, furniture etc. If you are happy to just live with the basics when you get here you will be absolutely fine. Best of Luck Danielle
  16. Thanks for your comment but I am not sure what you mean by this? What information do I rely on?
  17. Seems there is a few of us. Such a grey area. How can they count an apprenticeship as 5yrs though....?? It only took 2yrs PT on the job for my OH to qualify? And this paragraph on the immi web for carpenters seems to only imply 2yrs.... "This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience in Australia of AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on the job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)" At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification"
  18. VERY true! My OH thought getting his skills recognised was the right thing to do......took him 2yrs to complete the standard NVQ (he went on to do an advanced after) too as he did it part time on top of his permanent, full time, full blown carpentry job that he'd been doing for 4yrs prior....
  19. This is the wording for Electricians...pretty similar: "This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience in Australia of AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification." http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/e/electrician-general.htm
  20. I honestly don't believe they can wipe XX amount of years of experience off your records just because you decide to do what you think is the right thing and get a qualification later on in your career. There are plenty of tradies that have no qualifications at all....(although I am guessing to be an electrician legally you need some!!) I am going question this sentence if they query us (although note this relates specifically to carpenters): "At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above" It doesn't state that this relevant experience option can only be used if you don't have a qualification. The word substitute means "one that takes the place of another" so could you in theory substitute the qualification and just ask them to base the application on the numbers of years experience.....my other half would have 9 years if this is the case.....
  21. Will do. kimsdu - Just re-read your thread and our situation might be seen as a bit different. You are talking about claiming your OH's on the job experience whilst doing his qual yeah? The years I am trying to claim are the years my OH did as a carpenter before he even started any qualification. Also think the use of the word "substitute" is interesting......if you took the meaning of this word "one that takes the place of another" could you in theory forget the qualification and just ask them to base the application on the numbers of years experience..... What happens when you question the Case Officer? Do they get annoyed?! Don't want a black mark against our name! Also can we transfer to another visa if they are adamant we don't have enough points. We could probably get my husbands employer to sponsor him permanently but just wanted to try and do it on our own...
  22. Yeah I saw this but this is quite general. Have a look at the paragraph I just quoted which relates specifically to Carpentry. I have a Case Officer assigned now so fingers crossed I will be able to give you a bit more detail soon....
  23. The more I read it though this paragraph though the more I think we have a chance....it is very grey though! "This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience in Australia of AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on the job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)" At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification" If you break it up..... "At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above" It doesn't state that this relevant experience option can only be used if you don't have a qualification. Just because you decide to do what you think is the right thing and get the qualification later on in your career shouldn't mean any experience before that should be wiped off your record! 6 years of experience prior to getting a piece of paper (which isn't a pre-requsite in the UK to be a Carpenter) should count as relevant experience. If he hadn't done the qualification at all he would be classed as having 9 years relevant experience. But instead he has 6 years relevant experience before qualified, a qualification then 3yrs post qualified experience....surely this is enough.....
  24. Yeah he we have all the apprenticeship paperwork. We sent them off when he did the vetassess but I forgot to add them when I submitted then visa. I don't think there is any question about him being a carpenter though....the comment from our Case Officer seems to be questioning the number of years he has been doing it and I am concerned that they will not class his pre-qualification experience....although I have just found this which gives me some hope.... "This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience in Australia of AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on the job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification" He has been doing carpentry for nearly 9 years....he just did it a bit back to front! 4-yrs carpentry work with no formal qualifications 2-yrs carpentry work whilst studying for an advance apprenticeship part time. 3-yrs carpentry work with a formal qualification. He went to College because we knew we would be looking to moving to Aus eventually and thought it would be good to get his skills officially recognised (that's before we knew an NVQ wouldn't be recognised here and he would have to do the vetassess anyway!!) I may just be completely reading in to it! I known to be a complete worrier!!
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