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  1. LFrance

    Northampton PGCE Top Up Course

    Has anyone ever been successful with an AITSL skills assessment having completed the Northampton PGCE top up course? TRBWA have recommended the course and said they recognise it but AITSL have information on their website that they often do not accept Top Up courses for PGCE as the initial teacher training completed is not a recognised programme. I have QTS gained via school direct. I have academic transcript of the course as well as a letter from the university stating that I did 120 days placement of supervised teaching practice. Any help is appreciated as I need to know whether to go ahead with this course.
  2. ksimpson94

    TRA migration skills advice

    Hi everyone, My partner’s TRA skills assessment came through after waiting for 6 months. There is no “date deemed skilled” as there was in my Vetassess outcome and TRA stated they don’t do this. They also mentioned that he might need “migration points advice” from them for a points tested visa. This would require submitting all of his documents again for another assessment that might take another 6 months. Is this necessary when we are submitting EOI for 189/190 visas? If not, when does he class his skilled employment from for claiming points? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  3. Rob Frain

    Waiting for an invite.....

    So we're ready and waiting and have been doing so for a few weeks now. EOI is sitting there on skillselect as submitted with 80 points. I'm going mad every morning checking my emails to see if an invite has come through. Any ideas on when the next Invites for a 189 will come out? I can see that 35,000 went out in early December... Is there anything I can do whilst i wait?
  4. Cheery Thistle

    189 Granted

    So I was going to tag this on to the end of another thread, but really felt it deserved to be a stand alone. Got the call from Jenny at Down Under Centre this morning that our 189 has been granted. Timeline as follows: Secondary Teacher, 65 points First contact DUC - 6/3/2023 PTE Academic Passed Superior 2/5/2023 Skills Assessment Successful - 19/5/2023 EOI submitted 189 (and 190 for SA and NSW) - 22/5/2023 Invited to apply 189 - 25/5/2023 Medicals passed and submitted - 28/6/2023 Visa Lodged - 29/6/2023 Acro received and submitted - 9/8/2023 Visa granted - 11th Oct 2023 We fly out on 24th Feb 2024 for 3 weeks for a look around and plan to move with our 10 year old (will then be 11) and 2 dogs in October 2024.
  5. Hi..I have 1 year and 7 months of experience in the occupation that I'm targeting for 189/190 visas. It requires at least one year of experience according to Australian Home Office. I've heard of cases where VETASSESS have deducted 1 year of experience. If I apply for skill assessment now, and this happens to me, I'd be left with less than 1 year of experience deemed as "skilled". Should I wait 5 more months until I have at least 2 years of experience (which will be in December this year) and then apply for skill assessment, in the hope of getting 1 full year deemed as skilled? Or does it not matter, as I will be continuing in my current occupation under the same employer by the time I'd be applying for the visa?
  6. From the research we have done we are looking at 189, 190 or 489 visas. My wife is currently an English secondary school teacher in the UK. She has a Masters Degree, her PGCE and is now working full time but doesnt have three years experience. She has 25 points due to age (36) Through online points calculator my wife has 40 points (age 25, education 15) and has booked up the IELTS course which we believe will provide another 20 (at least is should with a Masters in English...and it will if is has to be retaken!). I am now under the impression that 60 points is no longer enough for a 189 but if we opt for 190 or 489 we would gain the extra 5 points through state sponsorship. My wife has a sister who is a permanent resident living in central Perth so I dont know if that will give us another angle in. I run my own tiling installation company and have done so on a self employed basis for the last 6/7 years. My practical skills in these areas are minimal as I project manage so I am not sure if I qualify for skills assessment as a wall and floor tiler which I believe would get another 5 points. If the assessment is on paper i'll pass, if its practical I wont!! Our aim to is to get this through ASAP due to our ages (36 and 37) so we are not concerned which visa we get including if it means going regional. I would also be interested if there is a visa option I have missed and/or if there is a quicker way of getting across. Permanent residency is the end goal so any visa that we get initially would need to allow for this. I'm of the impression that using an agent would be beneficial in cutting down on time with regards submitting paperwork correctly, would you agree? Sorry if this is a bit long but some advice would be great!
  7. Hi all, OK first post... hopefully someone can help me out and maybe put my mind at rest (or not). Im a mechanic, 26, with qualifications and experience (carried out apprenticeship with VW), i gained my qualifications 7 years ago. Im applying for permanent residency soon and my main concern is with the vetassess interview via video call, i would really like to hear from people that have experienced this part of the process. I know myself i'm capable of doing my job but with it being years ago that i was last trained, and often rarely encountering some of the aspects of what i was originally trained in day-to-day, i'm worried what they will ask me and whether i will have the correct answers for them to pass! I am worried mainly about questions on testing electronics, auto gearboxes... areas that i haven't had much to do with, things that i know i could repair but still i'm worried about answering questions on them. i have read a couple of threads on a similar topic but the only answers i came across was people saying 'don't worry, its not actually that bad'........... i'm still worrying! lol I guess i would love to hear from someone who has done the interview as part of there process and to explain what it was like in a bit more detail... Is it hard?! What sort of questions would they ask? How in-depth do they expect you to go? How would they ask them? Is it more of a conversation than a test? How long dose it take? How would you recommend i prepare? Im not trying to worry too much but it just feels to me like this would be the deal breaker of the whole application! If anyone feels like they could help me out, it would be much appreciated! Thanks, James.
  8. Raplin45

    22/23 Allocation

    Hey all, an update for info from today for this year's allocations for anyone who wants to have a look - Migration Program planning levels (homeaffairs.gov.au)
  9. Hi guys, need advice on which pathway to follow: I'm currently working as a Mechanical Engineer in Australia. However, that is my first working experience after my Bachelors Degree. Apart from this, I'm also a Mechanical Engineering Technician with 3 years of working experience offshore. I'm in doubt of which ANZSCO I use for the visa. Mechanical Engineer 233512 186DE: Probably not eligible due to the 3 years working experience after graduation. 189: Eligible but low EOI score. 190: Eligible but low EOI score. 482 Medium Term: Probably not eligible due to the 2 years working experience after graduation. 494: Probably not eligible due to 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation. Mechanical Engineering Technician 312512 190: Eligible and higher score compering with Mechanical Engineer. 482 Short Term: Eligible. However, short term does not offer pathway to PR. I would need to ask my company to change my function from Engineer to Technician. 494: Eligible. Pathway to PR after 3 years. However, I would need to ask my company to change my function from Engineer to Technician. Seeking for any advices. I am planning to see a migrant agent but want to explore my options before spending any money.
  10. Hi, Desperately searching for an answer. Am I wasting my time if I expect a visa invitation from Australia if I have 80 points? I have submitted EOI in Nov-2021. My role is developer-programmer. I understood that Australia will be taking in more developer/programmers in the future. Please share your thoughts.
  11. Hi all, I got my skills assessment (ACS) done three months ago and by that time I only had 9 months of experience in Australia. But, I completed my one year of experience in Australia last week, for which I can claim 5 points for my PR application. Now, should I go for a new assessment to claim this 5 points? What if I get invited by the state (190) before the new assessment result is issued? Thank you Thiva
  12. Hi there, I am in my final year of my Bachelors degree and soon I will be going on a temporary graduate visa. I am doing an API accredited degree - Bachelors of Business with a major in Property. After my graduate visa I am planning to nominate Valuer or Land Economist as my occupation. Just wondering if anyone has applied for this occupation already ? How was your experience ? Any advise (besides studying another degree ) don’t think I can study another degree or take on masters. Or if anyone can point me in the right path. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  13. Hi, my family (partner and 2 kids) already have our 189 visa to emigrate to australia from the UK. These were granted Nov 2019. We had intended to emigrate last year (2020) but due to covid we postponed our plans to this year (2021). However, I got pregnant and had my 3rd child in the UK in May 2021. We are now planning to emigrate to Oz at the start of 2022, however I now need a visa for my baby. Please can someone confirm that the 101 visa is the correct visa I need to apply for? Am I eligible to act as my baby's sponsor for the 101 visa even though we haven't yet moved to Oz, we are still in the UK? Also, if the 101 visa is the correct one, and both me and my partner (he's the father if all 3 of our kids) are emigrating to Oz with our other 2 kids, do we still need to fill out the 1229 form as part of the 101 visa application for our new baby? The guidance says we need to fill out paper form and post it to Australia, is that correct? I would be grateful for anybody who has recent similar experience to reassure me I am on the tight lines. We are hoping that the covid situation will improve so that our plans yo emigrate in wacky 2022 can go ahead without further delay. Many thanks in advance Sarah
  14. Abdulaziz Shan

    Query on 189/190

    Posting this on behalf of my friend who's very keen to migrate to Australia: I have lodged my application on 70 points of 189, 75 points of 190 and 85 points of 491. ANZSCO code is 261311. The application was initially submitted on 5th Dec 2019 and later updated with spouse IELTS score on 9th Apr 2021. I am turning 40 on 10th of October this year and My ACS is going to expire at the end of October this year and EOI on 5th Dec 2021. Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list (PMSOL) was recently updated with my ANZSCO code. Ref: Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List Do I still hold any chances of getting an invite? Is there any alternate route to achieve the invite. Please advise.
  15. Sarah_Cor

    AIQS timeline 2021

    Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has recent AIQS skills assessment experience and can give me an idea of the timescale? I know it says upto 2 months, my partner submitted his on 23rd March, received acknowledgment and money deducted 25th March so it’s been 1 month. I was really hoping, with everything being English, no translations to be verified etc it wouldn’t take the 2 months. My impatient nature can’t take it!
  16. Hello All. I'm looking for some advice, I'm currently on a covid visa, I've been in the country for 3 years now (prior visa 417 Working Holiday). I got in touch with a migration agent about self sponsoring on the 189 visa, they said it wouldn't be possible as I've not been working as a mechanic for the last 3 years... I'm a time served mechanic who served just over 6 years in the Automotive Industry, I was working on Light vehicles, plant, machinery and carrying out mechanical install jobs on Solar Farms on and off for the last 3 years in Australia. I have been offered sponsorship in a garage but I'd like the opportunity to go onto the 189 visa so I can travel and work. Is this possible to do or can anyone point me in the right direction of a migration agent to assist? Thanks in advance Jamie
  17. Hi I put an EOI for a 189 visa in July and yet to hear anything. I have 90 points with my partner on my application. We both previously worked in Australia for 4 years with full AHPRA registration between 2015 and 2019. We now live and work in the UK but plan to go back to Aus. Having not heard anything I am increasingly concerned there is something wrong with our application. We currently have non-practicing AHPRA registration; is this sufficient to act as an appropriate Skills Assessment? Or do we need full registration? Any help much appreciated. Thanks
  18. Sejal

    Pathway to PR

    Hello everyone, I and my husband arrived in Sydney in March 2020. I am studying MPA in Sydney based university. I have already completed my 2 semesters here. I am working as an Account Assistant. Now I am thinking to move to the regional area to complete my degree. As I am new here, I am looking for a suggestion from you guys like which state would be better for Accounting and so on. I would appreciate it if you provide me with genuine advice. Thank you.
  19. WinterBench

    Medicare Interim Card

    Hi all, I was invited for a 189 visa and have just recently submitted my application. I enrolled in Medicare as well and have received my number. My interim card will be arriving in a few weeks. Is it all right for me to cancel my private health insurance with Bupa?
  20. Hello Guys! First of all I'd just like to say this forum is great! Super helpful and an amazing resource for someone like me who is really only getting started with this 189 visa malarky. So, I'm looking for some advice and guidance with my 189 Visa Application. I have carried out plenty of research and feel I've put in the time but still there is that impending doom that all of this will be futile if I just don't meet the criteria once I've lodged my application. Hence, this is why I'd like to know what my chances are with the skills/qualifications/experience that I have. This is me: Visa Type - 189 Occupation - Construction Project Manager - ANZSCO 133111 Age - 28 Nationality - Irish Country of Residence - UK Education - Honours Degree Mechanical Engineering Level 8 (Irish Uni) & a PRINCE2 in Project Management (Foundation) Post Grad Experience - 7 Years (Project Management Engineering/Construction) English Level - Mother Tongue (Due to take the TOEFL test in the coming weeks) Marital Status - Single Australian Experience - I've been to Oz twice, first time on a Work/Holiday and second I backpacked along the East Coast. No professional experience however. At present, my estimated points are: With Competent English - 65 With Proficient English - 75 With Superior English - 85 Needless to say allot is riding on my english test! So, this is where I currently am with my application: Skills Assessment - Gathered 95% of the required info for the Skills Assessment with VETASSESS Character - I have my UK Police Certificate (waiting for my Irish Police Certificate) English Proficiency - TOEFL (scheduled - will revise and hoping I can get the required results for Superior English) Health Assessment - Unsure when I need to do this - any guidance would be amazing, I have no concerns here I would just like some idea on my chance of obtaining an invitation in the first instance and the chances of actually obtaining a 189 Visa as I've heard a lot on here saying that without 90 points I have little or no chance at this stage. It would also be helpful to know what the timeframes are with regard invitations and processing. I realise that what I'm asking is probably more in line with a paid consultation so please feel free to get in touch as I would be interested in speaking with an immigration advisor! Many Thanks in advance!! Toby
  21. Hi everyone, need some advice on PR pathways please. My partner and I are currently living in Melbourne. both of us are on 485 (Temporary graduate) visas. My visa expires in April 2021 and partner's visa in April 2022. I will be the primary applicant (IT Systems Analyst). I'm currently in the process of gathering documents for an ACS skills assessment. Post a successful skills assessment by the ACS, I plan to apply for an EOI for subclass 189 and 190. In the event that I do not receive an invite before my visa expires, what are my options ? option 1 - Can I jump onto my partner's visa (we are in a de-facto) using the subsequent entrant visa? This will give me an additional year in Australia till my partner's visa expires. If proving a de-facto is difficult (we have been together for ~3 years), we anyway planned to get married once the situation improved. We can pre-pone the marriage registration and then apply for the visa(if that's easier than proving de-facto). Is there a rule that we have to be married for certain years/months before I apply for a subsequent entrant visa? option 2 - Jump on a visitor visa. Do not prefer this option as I would have to leave my full time job. Are there any other options I have ? You help and any advice will really be appreciated. Thank you!
  22. Hi need some guidance. My travel facility on my PR189 visa expires in Nov2020. Although I am planning to fly down to Australia after sometime late Aug2020 when the virus situation is expected to be under control. However, I just heard some news that some flights will put a hold on all flying to Australia. And also few middle eastern flights have been asked to limit the economy passenger to a very small number and so prices are now sky rocketted. Any one with travel plans soon, please share / advise, if no flights then hiw do we plan to travel to be within the due date.
  23. Hi all, First time posting. I have been preparing information to apply for either the 189/190 Visa. I would like to include my partner (girlfriend of 6 years) on my Visa. I may have to apply for the 189 so I wanted to see if I can claim the partner skills points. I can see that I can gain points under 'Partner skills' in the points tables on the immi.homeaffairs website for both Visa classes: 5 points can be claimed if - "Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen." My question is on "your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass". Do I get the points if I include a partner on my visa? or are they saying the points are awarded if she was doing her own/separate visa application for the same class? I would also be interested to hear advice on if it is simple to include a partner when applying and who signs of that you are indeed 'defacto'? Thanks in advance Andy
  24. Hi everyone, bare with me as im kinda new to this.. I have a few things I feel I need clearIng up as the obsession of how to get a 189 has taken over my life I would appreciate any help and I think others who may not have the same occupation as me could find very helpful as well so any help is welcome. Firstly I’m relying hugely on gaining as much points as possible by sitting the IELTS test, now this may seem a crazy dumb question but is the IELTS test based the same for the UK as it is for Australia? I cant remember why but i was under the impression that whatever country the testing centre was in that the test there would be marked in accordance with what that country are looking for, for example is there an IELTS for Australia and an IELTS for Canada and an IELTS for the UK etc or is ielts the same all over? Sorry if I haven’t explained my question this in the best way possible. Secondly I’m a 7 year qualified car mechanic who spent a year in Oz in 2015 on a working holiday visa with my partner, to cut a long story short my plan all along after researching visas while i was in Australia was to come home and build up my points through years experience. Im now at least 5 but less than 8 years post apprenticeship. Now im going to jump way ahead of myself here but if i had to get accepted on a 189 visa is it mandatory that i work within my skilled occupation that i have been accepted on or Is it possible to work in another line of work? If so would this in anyway affect my chances of gaining Australian citizenship in the future if i never worked as a car mechanic whilst on my 189? Another huge couple questions form me... My partner of 7 years is 27 years old the same age as me. I don’t imagine she would have any issues getting superior English in the IELTS test, she has just recently become a qualified nurse in the UK. I really would like to know does she need to get her skills assessed as i will so i can claim points when putting her on the visa? Also considering she has just qualified am i still able to claim these points or does she need years experience the way i did? In terms of “the que” am I up against every other occupation on the list with way more points or am i up against car mechanics only? i have had a look at the 190 also however i would like to work in WA or Queensland and a mechanic isn’t on their list. At my absolute best and with a lot of studying I believe i could get 80 points. Has anyone ever heard of a mechanic on more than 80 points and not been invited? For that matter has anyone ever heard of a mechanic gaining a 189 visa? Like i say any help is welcome guys hope to hear some answers as I’ve given myself a sore head over the last few weeks
  25. Hi everyone, I have a BSc Physics degree, but my professional work so far (3 years) has all been in software engineering (specifically, programming and testing). If I wanted to go the points-tested route for a 189 visa, I think the most sensible nominated occupation is Software Engineer (261313). This requires a skills assessment from the ACS. However, I think with my current degree I'd need a lot more work experience to pass the assessment, since my BSc has very little focus on IT (I don't think there's a single module which is totally IT-major). One thing I'm considering is studying for a masters, and I'm confident I could get one in a subject which is 100% IT focused. My question is this - if I did get a software engineering MSc, would that be considered 'well' by the ACS? Or would they still look at my Physics BSc and say that my overall education isn't IT-focused? I guess I'm asking - does the MSc 'override' the BSc, or not? For reference, the ACS has a summary of what they consider 'suitable' in the skills assessment here. Would an IT masters with my Physics BSc put me in the first 'skills' row as indicated below? Note: As I stand, I can get 75 points on the immigration test. If I get 3 more years of work experience, it will safely put me in the '3 to 5 years' skilled employment band, and give me another 5 points. I think I'm correct here in my understanding that the 2 years 'relevant work experience' indicated above is NOT counted in the points test - so, of my 3 years work so far, I could only use 1 and I'd have to add another 2 (let's say 3 to be safe) in order to get the extra 5 points. Thanks, I really appreciate your input.