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Hi all,

I am new to all of this but me and my partner have been considering taking the move to Oz for the last few years. We considered going out on a Working Holiday visa three years ago but our careers took off and it just wasn't the right time. Since then, we have bought a home and we have started to consider making the move to oz again but doing it through the skilled visa option this time. Since 2015 i have been working as a Process Manager in a defence company in the UK and my partner works in insurance as a continuous improvement manager. Although my job title doesn't match, my job is essentially the same as the ICT Business Analyst (ANZSCO 261111) so this is the avenue we wanted to pursue. My main concern is I don't have a formal qualification in this, whilst I do have a BA (First Class) it is not related to my current work as my career trajectory changed considerably quite some time ago. There are comments about relevant work experience being considered (5 years) or vendor certification but i am not sure what this actually means for me. Is there anyone who has been through a similar situation and can offer some advice?

Many thanks


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The quickest option is to have a consultation with a good migration agent. You can waste an awful lot of time floundering around on the internet.  Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda.

By the way, don't dismiss the Working Holiday Visa if you are still eligible.  It's not easy to get a skilled visa because competition is very fierce, whereas with a WHV you can be out in Oz as soon as the  borders open.  Many people use it mainly as a holiday and do casual work, but there's nothing to stop you working in your normal occupation, and many do.  Your only restriction is that you can't do more than a six-month contract with any one employer.  

The WHV would allow you to make contact with Australian employers and potentially get sponsorship, which is something that's very hard to do from overseas.

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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

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If you have no relevant qualifications your issue will be passing a skills assessment with ACS. As you say, you will need a good number of years experience before they will consider you ‘skilled’. As Marissa says, it would make sense to get some professional advice. 

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Paul Hand

Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1801974

SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. Any comments relate to legislation and policy at date of post. 

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