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  1. Has anyone on here gone through the migrant visa process for this occupation? Any advice?Does anyone know about the job market for Ships Officers, maybe in the offshore sector?. Looking forward to hearing from anyone in the know. -------------------- UPDATED POST: 08/06/2014 Timeline: 25 Feb 2013 – Started requesting letters from my previous employers 15 Apr 2013 - Submitted AMSA CoR Application by courier 17 Apr 2013 – AMSA Started processing my application 28 May 2013 – AMSA Issued Letter to sit Oral (by e-mail) 06 July 2013 – IELTS Exam 05 Aug 2013 – Arrived Perth/Fremantle 06 Aug 2013 – AMSA checked original documents 07 Aug 2013 – AMSA Medical 08 Aug 2013 – AMSA Oral at Fremantle Office 09 Aug 2013 – Departed Perth 20 Aug 2013 – AMSA Issued Immigration Verification Letter (PDF) 20 Aug 2013 – Submitted EOI 01 Sep 2013 – Invited to apply for Visa 04 Sep 2013 – Applied for 189 Visa 02 Nov 2013 – Grant Notification Documents Uploaded We received an immediate grant with these documents. No contact from the case officer. Main Applicant Passport Birth Certificate IELTS AMSA Skill Assessment (Letter showing qualification+employment time) Employment Letters Work/Ship ID Cards (Old ones) Police Clearance Certificates Overseas Qualifications and license (HND Nautical Science/MCA Masters Ticket) Resume Form 80 Wife Passport Birth Certificate Marriage License IELTS Police Clearances Form 80 Son Passport Birth Certificate Step Daughter Passport Birth Certificate Annullment Decree (Sole Custody to my wife) Affadvit from 2010 showing no known wherabouts of ex-husband Statutory Declaration from Sep 2013 saying still no known wherabouts of ex-husband. Frequently Asked Questions Where can I get orals prep? The Challenger Institute of Technology in Western Australia recommended Peter Aplin, he was charging A$70/per hour for prep. Is the oral only based Australian Law? No, based on my oral experience and feedback from others, the oral is comprehensive and covers everything on the syllabus in detail. I found it similar to my original British MCA Oral including legal questions in relation to the AMSA Marine Notices, Marine Orders and regulations. Rules, Buoys, Manouevering, IMO regs, cargo work etc were all covered. Do I have to do an oral before getting the skill assessment? Yes Do I need to get a positive skill assessment before applying for the EOI? Yes Do I get my CoR after taking the oral? No, only a skill assessment letter. The CoR is only issued once you have the visa and have submitted proof to AMSA. Does the skill assessment letter from AMSA deduct periods of leave when counting the entire period of employment? No, if you have been working at sea for 8 years on a regular rotation (i.e. 4 months on/2 months off or 2 months on/off) you will still get the full 8 years on the letter. Can I send sea service testimonials? No, you need to send company signed letters from all employers. Do I really need to get a police clearance for flag states I have served 12 months on? I wasn't asked for this and didn't provide it, but other people have had to, and you should make all efforts to try and obtain one. If you can't obtain one then you must submit proof and discuss with your case officer. Is their an abundance of work in Australia? There is some pilotage and shoreside work in remote areas, the jobs in major cities will more then likely have a queue of people already in Australia applying. Seagoing jobs in the offshore industry are fairly scarce unless you have AHTS command experience and a DP Unlimited ticket. Plenty of Australians with a 2nd Mates ticket and DP Advanced queing for junior officer jobs. Offshore oil and gas is also slowing down in some areas. Useful Oral Prep/ Revision Material AHP20 Seafarers Handbook for Australian Waters AMSA code of safe working practices for Australian seafarers Navigation Act 2012 Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 AMSA Marine Notices AMSA Marine Orders AMSA Website (Pollution, PSC, Environmentally Sensitive Areas, MLC etc) MARPOL SOLAS