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  1. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    I did this by sending: 10 years' worth of electronic professional diary; 10 years' worth of insurance certificates; tax returns; and statutory declarations by colleagues confirming my experience.
  2. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi Zami, My background is as a barrister. I applied for my 189 visa as a Barrister and I was only as a lawyer admitted to the SC of NSW. I did not need to apply for or be admitted as a barrister in Australia to apply for a 189 as a Barrister. Your admission certificate does the job of a skills assessment, which is why you don't need a letter. Good luck
  3. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    My only experience is of NSW. I chose NSW because it appeared a very efficient online application process. It was pretty straight forwards. Admission in one state will be sufficient to secure recognition in other States and Territories.
  4. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi, to get a positive skills assessment as a solicitor or barrister your husband would need to be admitted as an Australian lawyer. That means going through the rigmarole of your husband having his legal qualifications compared to the legal qualifications that are required for admission to the Australian legal profession. It's certainly a costly and long process for getting those few extra points! I don't think being a lawyer in a non-English speaking country is a bar to cross-qualifying. However, he may find that coming from a non-common law jurisdiction (such as France) means he has to study more subjects than a person who is a lawyer in a common law jurisdiction. The documents required to cross-qualify are set out on the Legal Admissions Board website. Your husband would need to choose which jurisdiction in Australia he wants admitting to and take it from there. I hope that helps and good luck.
  5. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi Daniel, You need to submit your qualifications to a State Legal Admissions Board. It will assess how closely related your existing academic qualifications and practical skills are to what are required of lawyers/law students in Australia. It will specify the additional subjects you need to study and it is likely you will be required to complete further study. You do not need to study to get your qualifications assessed, that is a formality conducted by the SLAB. However, you will need to study to become admitted as a lawyer. It is only by being admitted as a lawyer that you will be able to demonstrate an occupation on the list. If you do not become admitted as a lawyer in Australia then you cannot apply for a 189/190 visa using Solicitor/Barrister as your specified occupation. You do not need to obtain a separate skills assessment. Your Australian lawyer admission certificate is accepted in lieu of a skills assessment. Good luck
  6. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Just be sure to forensically set out everything you have done that is relevant to each component of the skills / knowledge required and explain why it is relevant. I don't think you can be criticised for too much information. I sent a lever arch of evidence!
  7. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Glad you have found it useful. Good luck with the process.
  8. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Great news. Congrats on getting your assessment. An important stage of the process completed!
  9. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    It's outside of my experience to advise you on appropriate visas for your particular circumstances. From my own enquiries, I did not find any Australian institution that ran both PLT and academic subjects. In my experience, they must be studied at two separate institutions, although I will defer to anyone else who has better experience than my own.
  10. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    I studied the academic subjects through the University of New England. Again, all remote learning from the UK. Online lectures and tutorials. I sat the exams at a venue in the UK. You may find this thread I set up helpful:
  11. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    I studied the PLT subjects through the College of Law in Australia from the UK (remote learning). You submit coursework online and oral assessment takes place via a platform similar to Skype. You don't need to do it in Australia.
  12. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    Just a heads up, this wasn't correct as of when I applied for a visa early in 2018. You simply need to attach a scanned copy of your admission certificate. The reference number is your admission/roll number.
  13. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    No, you can do select PLT subjects alongside select academic subjects. In practice - it becomes a lot of work and it was too much for me to manage alongside the day job. So I got the academic subjects out the way then turned my mind to PLT. Does that answer your question?
  14. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi KC24, Not having your current employer to do a reference does make things tricker, I suspect. I was in chambers / self-employed / open with my plans. I got several colleagues to sign statutory declarations detailing everything known about my practice for the 10 years I was in chambers. Including: type of work, its complexity, etc. I specialise in only one area of law, which is unrelated to the academic subjects, so these references were not helpful for getting academic exemptions. They were, however, useful for getting PLT exemptions. I hope that helps.
  15. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Brilliant. Congrats on getting it all together. It's an effort! I didn't use any particular email, just the online portal for submission of questions ... https://www.une.edu.au/askune
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