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Multiverse76

Help Choosing Visa Type

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Hi PIO Forum

I'm seeking your help in making the decision on which Visa I should pursue.  A few days ago I received a positive skills assessment by the ACS for my occupation 261112 - Systems Analyst.  With a superior English Score (I still need to sit this exam), I would score:

  • 65 points - 189 without Sponsorship
  • 70 points - 189 with Sponsorship
  • 75 points - 189 with Regional Nomination
  • 70 points - 190 with Regional Nomination
  • 75 points - 489 with Regional Nomination

I am 42, from UK, ultimately seeking PR, with De Facto spouse, no kids.

I notice on the latest Invitation Rounds that my occupation currently requires 85 points to get an invitation.  Does this mean there is little hope and little point in continuing to apply?

I should also be choosing which visa type is best suited for my application.  What's your view?  According to my MARA Agent, I might also be eligible for an ENS Visa.

Thanks for your help!


ACS Assessment Submitted 10/06/19 Positive Result 18/07/19

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That's a question your agent should be able to help you with, because he/she should have an idea how the points have fluctuated in recent years.   Points do go up and down - if they're flooded with applicants, they'll set the threshold higher - but your agent should have some idea of the last time it dropped low enough to meet your numbers. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Have you discussed the upcoming 'partner points' changes with your RMA?


Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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Many thanks for the prompt replies.  I've asked my RMA on the points from both of you.  I dare say it will be a week or two before I hear back.  That's the norm with my Agents.


ACS Assessment Submitted 10/06/19 Positive Result 18/07/19

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Does your partner have formal qualifications and high English test result ?

Bernadette Burns

MARN. 0744805

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Hey Bern

Many thanks for the reply.  My partner has NVQ Diploma Level 3.  No degrees.  I'm certain she would get a high English result.  My RMA has presented me with various Visa's I could be eligible for, but hasn't really guided me towards which one might be the most suitable.  I guess I'm asking for a little help in choosing which one would most likely yield the result I'm looking for!


ACS Assessment Submitted 10/06/19 Positive Result 18/07/19

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9 minutes ago, Multiverse76 said:

My RMA has presented me with various Visa's I could be eligible for, but hasn't really guided me towards which one might be the most suitable.  I guess I'm asking for a little help in choosing which one would most likely yield the result I'm looking for!

You've paid the RMA a decent fee, so you're entitled to go back and ask questions!   

It's a common misconception that when you apply for a visa, your application goes in an orderly queue and when yours gets to the top, it will be considered. Wrong.   It's a competition, and the people with the most points get picked out of the queue.  If there are hundreds of applications arriving every day with high points, people with a low score will simply languish in the queue, ignored.

So the first question to your RMA is, "What is the current points threshold?"   If, as you say, the current threshold is 85 points, then you have a snowball's chance and you would simply be throwing money away if you apply. 

Your biggest problem is that 45 is the cut-off for a permanent visa, so you are getting close to the point where migration will be impossible. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thanks Marisa, greatly appreciated.  I asked my RMA a series of questions exactly a week ago and I pointed out the 85 points threshold.  I haven't heard back yet - something I find really frustrating.  I don't know whether it's normal to wait this long for a reply with RMAs or whether it's an indication that my case is 'unlikely' and therefore not a priority.  I just don't know.

Thank you for being honest and telling me how it is!


ACS Assessment Submitted 10/06/19 Positive Result 18/07/19

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