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    Help! Profession taken off Skills Shortage List

    Thanks Alan, PM sent.
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    Help! Profession taken off Skills Shortage List

    Planners are listed as a Schedule 2 occupation on the WA list and Page 3 of this document: http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/skilled_migration_criteria_2014-2015%20(3).pdf states that they need to have a job offer of at least 12 months. Unless there's another visa other than a 190 or a 489 that I can use? Do you, or anyone else looking in, have a recommendation for a good migration agent? I'd like to discuss what the requirements are for the 457 pathway to residency. Thanks
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    Help! Profession taken off Skills Shortage List

    Yeah, it's not a great option. Doesn't look like it's on the skills list for Victoria, which is where we'd prefer to stay. It's only possible for WA or TAS but you need to also have a job offer for those states from what I can see. There's a possibility of getting state sponsorship to work in some regional NSW areas but we're not overly keen on that.
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    Help! Profession taken off Skills Shortage List

    No, just the SOL. It's still on the CSOL.
  5. Hi all, I have been putting together the supporting documents for a 189 visa application and had just got the results of my IELTS test through so was about to lodge my application. However, I've just found out that Urban & Regional Planner has been taken off the skills shortage list in July which has torpedoed my plans (not to mention wasted the $1400 I'd spent on a skills assessment and IELTS test) and I'm now starting to panic as my visa expires in November. The situation is further complicated as I've been given notice of my employment ending in November as well. My wife and I had only just got back from a month away getting married and this news has come as a real body blow for us. I'm a town planner from the UK who's been working in Oz almost 4 years, all of which have been in regional Vic (although I haven't been on a regional visa, just a regular 457). I'll be 2 years with my current employer in September. My partner is on my visa but doesn't have the qualifications and experience to lodge her own application. We've both already used up our working holiday visas. Does anyone have any advice for what I might be able to do in order to remain in Australia? I'm searching for another employer but the job market isn't great for planners at the moment and it's difficult to convince employers to take you on when you've only got a few months left on your visa. Or can any of you recommend a good migration agent? I'm thinking of asking my employer to help out in some way but I'd like advice from an expert so I take all the facts to my employer when I ask. Many thanks in advance.
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    457 visa - changing jobs advice needed

    Further to andrew and leswan's questions, I'm also looking at switching employer. Does anyone have any idea how long it might take for a new employers nomination to be approved? Also how long it might take if they also need to apply to be an approved sponsor? Many thanks in advance.
  7. Hi all, I just registered here but wanted to ask for peoples advice / experience since my past dealings with DIAC has suggested to me that I'll get given about 4 different answers (or no answer) to each of the questions I have! I'm currently on a 457 visa which expires in at the start of Sept. I'm only on a temporary contract with my work and despite my attempts I haven't been able to find another employer in my profession so far and the short time remaining on my visa is beginning to hamper the job search further. Rather than getting kicked out of the country in September and be forced to head back to Scotland, I've been looking at the 189 visa. Can people advise how long they've typically had to wait to have all the information required to lodge an EOI (VETASSESS etc, do I need an IELTS if I'm from the UK?) I've looked at the points system and reckon I'd have between 60 and 70 points, depending on what score I get allocated for the English language ability test. What I'm wondering, if I get everything done and submit an EOI, what are the chances of being invited to apply before my visa expires in Sept? I know there's no set time limit or guarantee of being invited, but I'm looking for advice on how long others have had to wait in similar circumstances. And obviously I don't want to waste a lot of money on putting everything together if I'm unlikely to be invited to apply. Any help is greatly appreciated!