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  1. JohnDoug

    PTE for spouse

    Thank you for the info, much appreciated lamngoc.
  2. Fantastic, congratulations. Hope you get your visa soon
  3. JohnDoug

    PTE for spouse

    Hi all, My partner has to do the PTE test and was wondering if we would have to get a high score. My partner is not claiming any points as I am the main applicant and have already submitted our application for a state sponsored 190 NSW visa. As with any test will try for as high a score as possible but just need to know what level is good enough so we don't book another test unnecessarily should we not get all section above 79+ score.
  4. Thank you, we did not receive an invite for 189. We are using a MA and she has advised not to front load our medicals and police checks so will wait for contact from CO and then do the meds and pcc.
  5. We got an invite for 190 NSW. It took 5 months from submitting our EOI before we received an invitation.
  6. JohnDoug

    Waiting time between EOI and ITA on a 190 NSW

    We were waiting for around 4 months with 65 points and nothing. Then took PTE again to gain the extra 10 points and got invited 5 weeks later. It is very competitive at the moment and looking at data published on Skillselect it is evident that 70+ pointers only get invited. State sponsored applications are still getting invited with only 65 points but very few.
  7. Thank you Hami, Get the extra points with PTE and you should get your invite too.
  8. For most people ( including native English speakers ) the first time will only get them a proficient score. It is worth going the extra mile and getting the extra 10 points with a superior score. It might just make all the difference
  9. Yes, you have a better chance with a masters degree. But very important is superior English and as said before you will most certainly get an invitation with the 10 extra points to take you up to 75. How many times have you taken PTE?
  10. JohnDoug

    Moving to Australia from UK, help please :)

    Thank you all for providing the updated correct skills list link:)
  11. JohnDoug

    Moving to Australia from UK, help please :)

    Have a look here, it will give you a rough idea. http://www.visabureau.com/australia/skilled-occupation-list.aspx
  12. JohnDoug

    Moving to Australia from UK, help please :)

    Hi, there is no easy way into Oz. All that have made it there have done the hard work of getting degree's or trade skills qualifications and at least a few years work experience in their field before applying to go. Plumbers, Chefs, Auto Electricians, Electricians, Motor Mechanics etc are in big demand in Australia and not to hard to get an apprenticeship in the UK for those trades. Have a look at the skills shortage list. There are amazing members on this forum that can give really good advice but you are going to have to put in the years to get yourself the points needed to go Down Under. So in short, option A is your best bet for both of you.
  13. Hi Hami, A bit off topic but have you done your masters in LA?
  14. Hi, yes we did receive nomination this morning. Just after I replied to your post our MARA agent called to say that we received an invitation. Was losing hope there for a second as we are not far off for losing points for age, turning 40 soon. Feels like an enormous weight has been lifted off our shoulders. Absolutely ecstatic at the moment.
  15. From our personal perspectives it is very bad but unfortunately the way it works is that we do not choose Australia but Australia chooses us. Since the points increase in July many people have had their dream of living down under shattered but from their ( DOHA ) point of view by increasing the threshold they get better candidates so it makes the job market more competitive and they have insure that the labour pool is highly skilled. We did PTE 4 times to get the extra points so just study and do it and you will get an invite.