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  1. Hi, My partner and I would really appreciate any help with skilled visas for Plumbers. I have so many questions and I keep getting told different things. We're wanting to go down the route of skilled migration as a Plumber in Australia. We have both lived in Australia previously for 4 years (I was sponsored) but left due to family reason back at home in the UK. So, my partner has a NVQ level 2 in plumbing (Not a level 3). Do you know if NVQ level 2 is enough of a qualification for a Plumber? He has over 5 years plumbing experience in the UK, and 2 years plumbing experience in Australia. We've been advised that to pass VETASSESS you need to have either Gas or Roofing experience. However, he doesn’t have much experience working with gas and no experience in roofing. My partner is currently completing a Gas course to get the knowledge, would this be enough for VETASSESS? Please can you give us some information about how hard or easy the test was for you. Any tips, advice or guidance would be great. Thank you in advance for your help. Jeanette
  2. Krhow

    Skilled Visa

    Hi all, I’d like to move to Australia to be with my long term boyfriend and I am going to apply for a Working Holiday VISA but wanted to know what jobs I should apply for in hopes of getting sponsored for a skilled visa? I’m a junior in uni at the moment studying to obtain my psychology undergraduate degree. Then I am going to go get my masters possibly in Counseling before I apply for any Australian visa. Any information you could provide would be very beneficial. I’m very new to all this. In my dream world, I could live and work on the Gold Coast thank you so much!
  3. Hi Friends, I am a specialist doctor and need some guidance on 189 or 190 visa application. I completed my specialty training from India and applied to AMC & RACP for assessment of my training/education. RACP found me fully comparable to an Australian trained specialist and after completing 12 months of peer-review practice, I got my specialist registration. Now I want to apply for 189/190 visa. I want to claim points for my previous work experience in medicine & the specialty field. I checked Govt immi website and it says assessing authority is Medical Board of Australia. But on Medical board website, there is no mention that they will assess the previous work experience for points in immigration. I have called them also and they confirmed that they do not assess previous experience. Please help with the below: 1) How to get points assessed for the previous work experience 2) Do I need to get around 80 points to get the invitation, or is it less for a doctor (as very few people apply in my occupation) Any help would be highly valued. Thanks!!
  4. The points required to be eligible for a skilled visa are increasing to 65 points from 60 for visa invitations that are issued from the 1st of July, 2018. Applications lodged in respect of invitations that were issued before this date will remain subject to the current requirement of 60 points. The subclasses of visa to which this requirement applies are: 189, Skilled Independent 190, Skilled Sponsored 489, Skilled Regional Sponsored
  5. Hi guys, I have applied for 189 visa last year (17 sep 2018), and got an email in November from immigration saying "Assessment commence and allocated for further processing,,,,". Since then no update, did not ask for any documents ( I uploaded everything at the time of lodgement ). It's been a year , and nothing is happening. My application status is "Received" in immi website. Does anyone have similar experience? Please share/advice. Thanks
  6. Hi guys, I applied for a 186 visa as a Marketing Specialist based in Sydney back on 23rd Feb 2019. Up until now I have not seen any change in the status of my application. With everything submitted I am wondering what is taking the department so long, particularly given that I am seeing others who applied for the same role type, also in Sydney, who applied after me, getting responses. Is anyone aware of that determines when your application is reviewed, can you contact the department to get a better understanding of the delay? Also given that I have already submitted all additional documents with my application, I notice that after 12 months they may no longer be valid - as this is the departments fault (due to them estimating a processing time of 8-10 months at the time of application) will they accept the documents or request a renewal?
  7. I wonder if an artisan working on bones, horns and woods can have any job opportunity in Australia? has anyone have any idea?
  8. Hi all, I am new to this forum and not sure if this is the right forum, so apologies if not. I am making this post to gather information about my current options to continue staying in Australia. About myself and my Visa situation: -I am a German citizen and moved to Brisbane for my postgraduate studies -Feb 2017 commenced a Master degree at the University of Queensland (student visa 500 valid until August 2018) -January 2018 started working as an Analyst in a Brisbane based IT-company -June 2018 studied for 1.5 years and graduated from UQ (Master of International Economics and Finance) -August 2018 left Australia for a visa run -September 2018 returned to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa (Visa 417) -continued working as an Analyst until now So currently I am on a Working Holiday Visa (Visa 417) which is about to expire end of September 2019. My Master degree from UQ did not grant me to apply for the (485 Visa) as my degree was only 1.5 years. The minimum study load requirement for the 485 Visa are 2 years of full-time study. This is why I decided to return on a Working Holiday Visa which allowed me to stay for one more year. My current job role is "Business Analyst/System Administrator". My employer is willing to sponsor me. We are currently looking into potential options to extend my visa conditions in Australia and potentially even get me on a PR. I just recently read that economics got added to the migration list. As I graduated with an economics degree, I hope that this opens additional opportunites for me. So currently I consider the following options for my PR: 1. Sposnorship through my current job as an Analyst 2. Continue studying for one more semester to be eligible for the 485 Visa For the latter I would like to know if I would ahve to complete an entire degree again, or if I could simply study for one more semester at AQF level 9 without graduating. Just to obtain the 2 years of requried full-time study load. Please help me to elaborate the best option in my case. I am happy to even consult with local migration agents or lawyers. But I had bad experience with expensive consultation meetings last year. None of my 4 agents even considered my solution of leaving the country to return on a Working Holiday Visa. So I ended up paying consultation fees just to beeing told I could not stay any longer. Thanks Fabian
  9. PLUMBER Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) - Skill Assessment | HELP PLEASE! I am really hoping someone can please assist me and my partner (a UK citizen). I am an Australian citizen and my partner wants to move to Australia to live and work as a plumber but we are finding the visa process extremely difficult and confusing. My partner is 32 years of age and a qualified plumber/gas fitter in the UK with over 8 years’ experience. We enlisted the help of a migration consultant in Sydney originally and she told us initially that he should apply for a Skilled Independent Visa 189. However we have just been told by her that she provided us with the wrong information initially and he is not eligible to apply for the VISA. To be eligible for this visa and to send of an expression of interest, he needs to do a skill assessment (OSAP - Offshore Skills Assessment Program) to gain a Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) through a company called VetAssess but he doesn’t meet the following criteria: “Your evidence must show you have worked in your occupation for at least 12 months within the last 3 years and must be able to be verified.” Unfortunately my partner does not meet this criteria as he has been based in Bali for the past 3 years working in another field. However prior to that he has always worked as a plumber in the UK and now wants to settle down in Australia with me, as a plumber. Is there a way around this criteria? I am now looking into the option of my partner finding a plumber to sponsor him so he can apply for sponsorship visa. However it appears even for these sponsor visas, my partner still needs to do his skill assessment to obtain an OTSR. My partner has a holiday visa for Australia currently. He flew back to the UK about a month ago to get together all his paperwork/evidence so he could do his skill assessment but now we don’t know what to do since apparently he isn’t eligible. We are really hoping there is a way for him to be able to work in Australia as a plumber. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  10. Hello everyone! I thought of starting a discussion with people who migrated from Dubai to Adelaide in the past few years! People who have already applied for their skilled visas and are waiting to migrate are also welcome to join The idea is to connect with folks on topics like: 1) How do you find Adelaide vs Dubai? 2) Looking back did the move work out for you? 3) What are the things about Dubai you still miss dearly? 4) How did you manage landing your first job? 5) Any advice for people who will be migrating soon? I applied for my SA 489 visa along with my wife and baby in Jan 2019 and I’m currently waiting for my grant. Part of us is excited but another part of us is also anxious! Our reason for the move is to hopefully provide a better environment for our baby growing up and of course get PR at some point. We do live comfortably in Dubai but it is starting to get expensive (especially raising a child) and our careers are stagnating. This is what prompted us to consider migration Your contributions will be invaluable to us and I thank you all in advance!! Cheers!
  11. Hi guys, I applied for a 186 visa as a Marketing Specialist based in Sydney back on 23rd Feb 2018. Up until now I have not seen any change in the status of my application. With everything submitted I am wondering what is taking the department so long, particularly given that I am seeing others who applied for the same role type, also in Sydney, who applied after me, getting responses. Is anyone aware of that determines when your application is reviewed, can you contact the department to get a better understanding of the delay? Also given that I have already submitted all additional documents with my application, I notice that after 12 months they may no longer be valid - as this is the departments fault (due to them estimating a processing time of 8-10 months at the time of application) will they accept the documents or request a renewal?
  12. Kaleem

    Notary Public Attestation

    Hi, Is it mandatory to get the copies of all of your documents ( passports, birth certificates, employment references etc) attested by a Notary Public while applying for the skilled visa (190).? I have already got my docs attested by a Notary public, but my agent is insisting to get the contact details stamped on each paper. This can be a difficult task as most Notary public in Pakistan do not have a chamber or office, and they just sit on a make shift bench outside the court. Please guide me, as this issue is becoming very annoying. Thank You Kaleem
  13. siij

    visa refusal

    I got my visa refusal few days back... the reason for refusal is that the case officer is not satisfied with employment experience I provided. I am wondering although assessing authority approved my work experience and give me 7.5 yrs equivalent work exp, they did not consider it then whats the point of assessment? Is there any way to appeal for this?
  14. Joanney

    EOI - Skilled Visa Help

    Hi All!! Currently looking at submitting an EOI for the skilled visa, and to be honest I'm struggling.. ? So my situation is I am 24, 1 year graduated from a B.Sc Environmental Science, been working since graduation in a relevant job (6 months in one place and currently 6 months in my new job). I'm from Ireland, so do I need to do the English Language assessment, or should I be doing it anyway to gain points? I will have no problem getting confirmation of my 1st job but don't want to ask for anything in this one yet as I am enjoying it and don't want them to know I won't be staying past 1.5yrs. Any way around this, copy of current contract maybe? I assume I will have to submit to VetAssess also. I want to do it on my own as it's already expensive enough without paying an agency. Any help is greatly appreciated!! ?
  15. Luke&Nicole

    Front loading Medicals and PC???

    Hi all, So we have submitted our application for a 190 visa to SA on the 2/2/18, we are yet to hear anything back but we are looking to be moving as soon as possible!! We have just accepted an offer on our house and will be moving in to a rental accommodation (worst case we don't get a visa and we need a bigger house in the uk anyway (hope it doesn't come to that)). We are seriously considering front loading our medicals, police checks and form 80 to speed up the process but our agent is being very cautious. We know that you have 12 months from the date that you do the medicals and PC but if we front load them May/June we will have already had our application submitted 4-5 months out of the 9-12 month wait time and since we will have already sold the house is there much worry in submitting these before they ask us for them?
  16. Hi there! I've researched into the 189 visa for an occupational therapist, but I'm still confused on how I would be supervised and assessed for the visa without having a visa (desktop 2). I read that being assessed and applying for the visa are 2 separate things so I'm not sure on how this process works. Would I need a different visa completely while I'm being assessed? Also I presume the assessment needs to take place in Australia? Anyone who has been through this process please could you enlighten me as I'm struggling to find clarity on this. Many thanks, Eloise
  17. This is a little bit tricky but I want to get some information regarding my spouse visa (skilled 190). I and my spouse got the visa in 2013 and need to complete first entry before 2014. I have completed my first entry (right now I am in Australia) but my spouse didn't do her first entry due to personal issues. Right now I am planning to bring my spouse and child by applying new dependent visa (both). Before that, I want to bring my spouse in visitor visa. While applying for a visitor visa I have encountered with below issues and unable to proceed further. 1. The applicant has a previous visa cancellation or refusal. 2. The applicant does not hold an appropriate visa. 3. The applicant has a condition on the current visa. 4. The applicant's location cannot be confirmed 5. The applicant is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Post above issue I have checked my spouse PR status in VEVO CHECK and it was showing "In effect" (even for me showing the same status). Is someone encounter the same issue? Can you please help me to understand how to proceed further. Someone share Immigration mail id to check my above issue directly with Immigration department. Note: Still my spouse PR end date is Dec 11, 2018 Happy to listen to your views and further proceedings. Jayant
  18. Gillycraig

    IELTS English test

    Does anyone have any experience of the language test. I scored 9s but had a blip in writing (no idea how but hey ho). I’ve got enough for the skills assessment but to get 20 points I’m going to sit the general as I don’t want to delay skills assesmnt or waste time appealing. I’m assuming I can use my general results (assuming I get the right score!!) for the language part of the EOI? Any advice /experience on this? Thanks
  19. BobbyV

    489 Working from home?

    Thanks for reading this post, I am desperately tying to find out the answer to this and my agent is unsure. We are hoping to move to SA this year and have applied for a Skilled - Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional). I currently work for a global financial company and my current job, although based in the UK - requires time to support many countries. my question is: if I was to continue working in this job but be based from my new home (in an acceptable regional postcode in SA) for the 2 years. Would it satisfy the requirements of the 489 visa? any help would be greatly appreciated! thank you
  20. Hi there! I was wondering if after being assessed and granted a 189 visa would I have to work in my skilled profession? My skilled profession being occupational therapy. Or can I work in whatever I like after being granted the visa and that wouldn't affect me down the line? Many thanks, Eloise
  21. Bouch

    Plastering TRA assesment

    Hey All, I'm just wondering if anyone has had any experience with trying to get a skills assessment in plastering by completing a fast track NVQ level 3 course, i have all the experience required apart from the qualifications! Is a Fast track NVQ course a possibility? Thanks Jess
  22. Hello I am a 24 year old man from Norway. Im am currently on a Working holiday Visa and have been doing some window washing jobs for 10 months now. So my Working holiday runs out by the End of the year. I met my new zealand girlfriend here in sydney 6 months ago, and I would like to stay for another 6-7 months I am a Licensed Plumber but I don´t really wanna keep working as a plumber.. I have however gotten an offer for another window washing job. so Im wondering if anyone have any advice on what to do or what Visa to look for? someone told me I should get the skilled Visa, couse it puts you on a ¨bridge visa¨ and you can stay in Australia and work while you wait for your Visa to process. idk if this is true? but I know that the skilled visa is about $3500.
  23. strayadreams

    Where have all the visa grants gone?!

    Hi everyone, So, I can't help but notice that October grants are well below the usual grant rate? I know September was a massive month (one of the trackers reporting as many as 270 PR grants in the month) much more than the usual, but so far in October less than a handful. Does anyone know why this might be? Even if you don't include September its still way below the average. I could make some assumptions about why but, if anyone has more experience or has some information that would be great!
  24. Richard Gregan

    The latest news on SkillsSelect

    Australia is becoming more selective when it comes to skilled visas. Not only were 200 occupations on the skills and consolidated skills occupation lists (SOL and CSOL) removed in July this year, but skilled applicants often have to score more than the required 60 points. There is, however, still huge opportunity for most trades, engineers, nurses, IT occupations and many others. Much may depend on whether you are willing to wait longer once you lodge your expression of interest (EOI), for your application to be selected, and whether your application is deemed to be a pro rata occupation. Currently, you require 60 points for most skilled trades applications to qualify. Current waiting times (as at October 1) are 9 months for 60 points, or from 1 month if you score 65 points. If your occupation is on the pro rata list (that is, chosen for the highest points) which include Accountants and Auditors, most types of Engineers (mechanical, production, electrical and industrial and engineering professionals) and IT occupations require 70 to 75 points if you want to be selected in the next rounds unless you are prepared to wait a minimum of 9 months with a score of 60 or 65. There are a few options to consider if you need to boost those points in order to be selected. Consider achieving a higher score in your English language test. Level 7 in IELTS will increase your score by 10 points - although most applicants have to achieve this score for points in any case, and level 8 by 20 points – or 10 extra points if you have already scored level 7. If you have a partner or spouse with an eligible skill and who meets minimum requirements (be under 45 years of age and pass the skills assessment test), you can add a further 5 points to your score. You may also consider State Sponsorship. Although this is an extra cost (approximately from AUD 200 to AUD 770), state sponsorship will add 5 points to your score, or 10 points if you consider going regional. Some states have closed off sponsorship such as ACT, and West Australia requires a job offer first). Reaching the EOI stage is probably the most difficult and stressful part of your application. However, don’t forget that you will more than likely have to sit the English language test; you will be required to undertake a character assessment and divulge any past convictions; sort out any child custody issues, and if you are not married and are travelling with your partner, you will need substantial evidence of living together as a couple for at least 12 months. Richard@my-oe.com Richard Gregan – Registered Migration Agent # 9905168 www.overseas-emigration.co.uk
  25. Hi all, Was hoping someone could help. My boyfriend is just going through skills assessment for a joiner ( visa 189). We have references and proof of employment for 7y and 9 months- so just short of 8 y to get extra points. Assessment may take up to 11 weeks, so by then we should have those extra 3 m to take him to 8y. When we submit EOI , can we only claim those 7 y and 9 m that are being assessed or can we add an extra evidence to show 8 y ? Skills assessment people told us yes so can claim more later on, so we submitted the application without waiting those 3 m to take us over 8 y. But now they say they are not sure.. told us to speak to our migration agent, but we don’t have one as trying to do without ( as it costs a lot L ) Anyone knows how this works? Thanks in advance! Andana
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