First time post having only found forum today and you all seem very knowledgeable so hoping you can reassure us on the Visa process.
I apologise for long email but want to give as much info as possible to help anyone kind enough to offer their assistance.
Looking to move to Aussie with wife as main applicant who is currently 39 and 4 months old so time is off the essence due to 10 points being lost at 40
Has been a Developer Programmer, since 2006 however from looking at the ANZSCO list her role could also be viewed as either a Software & Application Programmer or indeed an Analyst Programmmer all internchangable roles/duties as she has these skills in abundance (not biased...fact)
Has an uncle in Perth who is a citizen and could sponsor.
We have spoken to 2 agents one in UK over phone who has been great.
The other agent via email from Sydney, recommended from a distant family member who knew him when they lived there, a little slow on communicating, however due to time zones I am giving him the benefit of the doubt.
The UK agent has said we have 2 options either:
a Subclass 190 state sponsored Permanent Residence visa with state nomination from Victoria or Queensland with provided we are able to apply for the visa after skills assessment and state nomination before the 40th birthday
Subclass 491 Regional sponsored visa which is commencing from Nov 16.
FYI I am not doubting her rather more myself as the Sydney agent is saying this is wrong and has gotten in my head as he has said that:
The subclass 491 visa is the one I recommend. The 491 would be the option with uncle. It will give you best prospects.
The 190 is less likely. Furthermore, Queensland is currently closed for the 190, so it won’t be possible to pursue that.
He even asked "Is the person advising you in the UK registered?"
For the record they are both are!!
I have advised that the UK agent said the uncle Visa would take too long and as we obviously need this done before she turns 40, he ignored that comment and just said...
" Perth and Gold Coast are now designated as regional Australia so they are now eligible locations for the 491 visa which permits sponsorship by a family member and gets you extra points. Given that there is an uncle in Perth that can provide that sponsorship, this is best pathway for you. If Perth wasn’t designated as regional Australia, then the 491 wouldn’t be possible.
The 190 is a separate program and has a separate occupations list to the 491. The 190 is currently closed to Expressions of Interest in Queensland.
But in a Nutshell The 491 is your best option, without doubt.
I feel he is saying without the uncle we have no hope perhaps i am misinterpreting that, i have asked that question yesterday still no reply.
Oh I should say he detailed our points as
Age (39 years old) – 25 points
English – 20 points (assuming she obtains superior score)
Work experience outside Australia – 15 points
Qualifications – 15 points
Partner with qualification – 5 points
Family member sponsorship in Perth – 15 points
A points total of 95 would put you in a very strong position and I’d expect you’d receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency.
I hope you can understand my confusion as we want this done correctly and quickly plus we are signing up with someone and paying them significant funds on top of the standard Aussie immigration fees.
Any clarity/opinions would be so welcomed.
Furthermore (sorry) this is not straightforward I know but we are concerned about a couple of things which some have been slightly clarified but any further info would be great.
We have work experience from 2006 so minus the 2 years for training we have max points here at 15 however due to multiple jobs we are concerned about references as first job ended in 2009 due to economic downturn so not sure if we will be able to get appropriate reference followed by next job which was in the public sector and they don't do personal references merely state you worked there detailing "job title along with time frame"
So worried we would lose points here however UK agent has said we would still be ok but would lose 190 and just need to focus on 491 before 40th as these lost points would be offset against age points!
Does that sound right?
Finally (at last you say and thanks if you are still reading at this point) we may have issues with payment evidence we can get bank statements but as you need 2 we are unable to get a second prior 2013. Phoned HMRC this morning and they are sending out the last 6 years proof but don't know what to do for 06-13?
Any ideas greatly appreciated...granted this is if only needed if we can get the work references for the first job as We have pension documents for 2nd job...however we are not giving up on work references.
Thanks you so much for reading and a million thanks for any advice you can give...i knew this would be difficult but man I'm pretty sure I now have grey hairs and I'm bald lol