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Hi everyone. First time poster. I was wondering if you'd be able to provide me with some insight...

 

I'm seeking to immigrate to Australia and am wondering if 1) it is going to be possible, and 2) if it is possible, what path I look into taking.

 

About me: I'm a single, childless, financially stable 38-year-old Canadian citizen who is currently has a career with my province's department of justice as a youth corrections officer. I have 5 years of experience. Prior to that I worked with developmentally-challenged youth and young adults in the community for 5 years. I do not have a university degree, although I do have some post-secondary education and am currently working on a BA in Asian Studies on the side to keep my mind stimulated. I'm also an artist working in the medium of photography, although that certainly won't get me into the country as much more a lifestyle than career.

 

I did some looking into SkillSelect and got in touch with VETASSESS about having my career recognized for the points system. I was informed that I required a university degree in a related field in order to qualify despite my career and years of service. I asked about what other paths to immigration that I might take but VETASSESS were unable to provide me with assistance. To enter my career as a corrections officer, prospective employees do not attend university but instead are required to successfully complete 3 months of full-time training.

 

So the long and the short of it is, I think I have a unique skillset, and a notable amount of experience related to that skillset, but I do not have a related university degree. Is there possibly a way I could still immigrate to Australia?

 

Thanks for your time,

 

J

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The first thing to do is have you found your occupation on one of the skills lists? There are two - the SOL and CSOL. They can be found at immi.gov.au

 

If your occupation is on one of the lists, then next to the occupation will be a number. Google this number and it will tell you what is required for the skills assessment.

 

The next step is dependant on which list your occupation is on. If it is on the SOL, then things can progress. But if only on the CSOL, you would need to see first if any of the states are sponsoring that occupation as CSOL requires either state or company sponsorship. If it is not on any of the states lists, then you would need to find an employer willing and able to sponsor.

 

It may be worth getting in touch with a registered migration agent such as Go Matilda

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The first thing to do is have you found your occupation on one of the skills lists? There are two - the SOL and CSOL. They can be found at immi.gov.au

 

If your occupation is on one of the lists, then next to the occupation will be a number. Google this number and it will tell you what is required for the skills assessment.

 

The next step is dependant on which list your occupation is on. If it is on the SOL, then things can progress. But if only on the CSOL, you would need to see first if any of the states are sponsoring that occupation as CSOL requires either state or company sponsorship. If it is not on any of the states lists, then you would need to find an employer willing and able to sponsor.

 

It may be worth getting in touch with a registered migration agent such as Go Matilda

 

Yes, I've already looked into this, which is why I've been in touch with VETASSESS. Prison Officer – 442111 would be comparable to my current position. It's on the SOL but I've been told that it requires a diploma in a related field. I was thinking my current position would be the most skilled/desirable in making myself a prospect for immigration, but I just now thought of going with my overall experience of working with youth and the disabled. So I will now get back to VETASSESS and inquire about Residential Care Officer - 411715 and Youth Worker - 411716, which I believe are both SOL. Between my 5 years in corrections and 5 in the community, there is a lot of overlap in my experience, so maybe that will add up favorably with them.

 

Thanks for your response. If anyone else has anything to contribute, I'd love to hear from you.

 

J

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Yes, I've already looked into this, which is why I've been in touch with VETASSESS. Prison Officer – 442111 would be comparable to my current position. It's on the SOL but I've been told that it requires a diploma in a related field. I was thinking my current position would be the most skilled/desirable in making myself a prospect for immigration, but I just now thought of going with my overall experience of working with youth and the disabled. So I will now get back to VETASSESS and inquire about Residential Care Officer - 411715 and Youth Worker - 411716, which I believe are both SOL. Between my 5 years in corrections and 5 in the community, there is a lot of overlap in my experience, so maybe that will add up favorably with them.

 

Thanks for your response. If anyone else has anything to contribute, I'd love to hear from you.

 

J

 

Hey 28mm,

 

As you may know the other occupations you're looking to select are in group C for Vetassess and I really think that the following content from Vetassess will help you.

 

http://www.vetassess.com.au/download/qualification_assessment/pre-and-post-qualification%20employment.pdf?id=120220140118AM

 

Kind regards

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Hi there!

 

As already mentioned, both Residential Care Officer and Youth Worker are in VETASSESS group C which will still require you to have at least an AQF diploma or equivalent. You state you have some post-secondary qualifications but didn't specify what they were? You would need to have a Migration Agent review your profile in detail including qualifications to be able to determine whether you are likely to meet requirements. In addition, you also need to look into the other visa criteria.

 

You state that you are also studying so does this mean you are still working? The reason I ask is because otherwise you may find that you have "lost" points for work experience in the last 10 years if you have not worked sufficient hours.

 

The pathway I am considering right now is Skilled Migration since it sounds like you could consider this a realistic pathway based on your age, work experience and possible occupation. However, there is a lot more information that is required before being able to determine your eligiblity in detail (for example, where are you considering living in Australia to look into State Sponsorship, other factors that may award you extra points, etc).

 

Get in touch if you'd like representation from us, sounds like you are starting to look into the right places :)

 

Cheers!


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Get in quick as the age bands change at 39/40 and you lose 5 points for that. Get yourself a MARA registered agent, I have no degree and can hopefully get enough points to get through with IELTS tests etc.


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Skills assessment submitted 15th Oct 2015

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Hi there!

 

As already mentioned, both Residential Care Officer and Youth Worker are in VETASSESS group C which will still require you to have at least an AQF diploma or equivalent. You state you have some post-secondary qualifications but didn't specify what they were? You would need to have a Migration Agent review your profile in detail including qualifications to be able to determine whether you are likely to meet requirements. In addition, you also need to look into the other visa criteria.

 

You state that you are also studying so does this mean you are still working? The reason I ask is because otherwise you may find that you have "lost" points for work experience in the last 10 years if you have not worked sufficient hours.

 

The pathway I am considering right now is Skilled Migration since it sounds like you could consider this a realistic pathway based on your age, work experience and possible occupation. However, there is a lot more information that is required before being able to determine your eligiblity in detail (for example, where are you considering living in Australia to look into State Sponsorship, other factors that may award you extra points, etc).

 

Get in touch if you'd like representation from us, sounds like you are starting to look into the right places :)

 

Cheers!

 

Hi Claudia, Ryan,

 

Regarding the position of Prison Officer, I've done some more research and have found out that I do not require a university degree if I can obtain Certification III in (possibly just one of) the following:

 

• Justice Studies

• Criminology and Criminal Justice

• Correctional Management

• Human Services

• Forensic mental Health

• Correctional Practice – Custodial

 

I've tried to ascertain the particulars of which/how many courses to take but it seems that VETASSESS can't advise me on this. I did some digging and came across some information on the training.gov.au site: the CSC12 - Correctional Services Training Package. This information provides a link to the College for Law, Education and Training, which offers distance education, and to ignorant me, this seems like it might be a possible way to go. But I'm wary, not being in the know and not wanting to spend time and money on something that might not be what they're looking for, so I'll have to look into this further.

 

Regarding my employment and studies...

 

I am currently on a year leave (October 2013 - August, 2014) from my position from the government, on a scholarship studying in Japan on exchange between Canada and Japan. In doing this, I am still retaining my position and seniority. Last year I attended 2 terms of university (September 2012 - April 2013), during which time I was able to work reduced hours to accommodate my academic schedule. Prior to my return to university, I worked 4 successive years of full time hours.

 

When I was much younger, I pursued a Civil Technology degree but did not complete it. When I returned to university in 2012 I wiped my record so my GPA wouldn't be lowered, so I doubt this education would be considered relevant. I'm currently working on BA in Asian Studies, which might possibly turn into a double major involving Film Studies as well. My studies involve an overall perspective of Asia but my intent is to focus on Japanese language, culture, history, which also ties into my film studies, and this is being realized on my current academic exchange. This education is not directly related to my career but it's something that I'm finding personally rewarding. Were I to successfully immigrate to Australia, I would look into the possibility of pursuing and completing this degree on the side after securing employment.

 

I'm very open-minded about searching for employment in Australia as far as position is concerned. Youth corrections, community work, group home, work with special needs, etc., or really anything that can start me off in my new home. As far as where I want to immigrate to, I am intent on either Adelaide or Melbourne. I'm not sure about other factors that might award me extra points. I've received a lot of training on the job for various skills like nonviolent crisis intervention, suicide intervention, first aid, etc. I also have skills in photography and related software, as well as web design, but these are self-taught and not tied to any form of certification.

 

Thanks for your responses!

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Get in quick as the age bands change at 39/40 and you lose 5 points for that. Get yourself a MARA registered agent, I have no degree and can hopefully get enough points to get through with IELTS tests etc.

 

I hear you! There has been a convergence of events that seems to leave me in an ideal position for big changes in my life, and yeah, if they're going to happen, they likely need to happen SOON!

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