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  1. Hi All, Hoping for some advice. I will be getting my Skills Assessment tomorrow from Aus finally. So I now will have my PCC, my Birth Certificate, all other docs will be certified and the Skills Assessment, the only thing I will be outstanding is my Unabridged Birth Certificate which I applied for on the 12th September. Should I submit my EOI now or should I wait till I have my Unabridged Birth Certificate? Thanks in advance. Cheers Paul
  2. So guys 'n gals, After an epic fight with ACS I finally got my skills assessment letter back today, with a suitable skills assessment. What a fight, it read like a frigging War and Peace novel. You guys gonna love this....I did a piece of work for a utility that had me auditing/reviewing over 700 project and programmes worth more than $800million. I got top notch references from the client as well as the senior GM. ACS folk at STILL didn't recognize this as "professional level work" and refused to sore the work done. I got awards for the fashion with which I handled the single most complex audit ever done by them for that scope of works...UNBELIEVABLE is all I can say. But onwards and upwards, EOI is in with a scrawny 60 points under ICT Business Analyst. Does anyone know if I will get picked? Most of the time it shows that the invitation round points for ICT BA is 65 or 70? Does that I will never get picked? Cheers Surferman
  3. Hi all, Does anyone have insights to the processing times from the submission of an EOI to the time of visa invitation, with the following parameters: Have 60 points Skills are 261111 ICT Business Analyst I'm getting some wildly different opinions etc from various blogs, some people saying they waited almost a year as a result of so many people applying and them only having the bare 60 points. Any insights welcome, the reason for my question is that I have 3.5 months left on my 457....
  4. Hi, I applied for Victoria SS this last week and just wanted to know if the invite could come sooner than 12 weeks stipulated on the site. I've already submitted EOI for both 189 (60 points) and 190 (65 points) for occupation 261312. I submitted 189 in Nov and after much frustration waiting, decided to submit 190 this last week. Much appreciated.
  5. I am about to submit my EOI. from my own calculation,i should be getting 60 points for SS 190 for SA but the EOI system has given me 65 points.this is my break down age(25-32)-30 points qualification(bachelor)-15 IELTS(7)-10 SS(190)-5 work xprnce(less than 3 yrs)-0 BUT... somehow the system has given me 65 and i don't understand because i don't know where the extra 5 is coming from. Dear forumites,do you have any idea what is wrong with the system?i won't submit till i get it correct ie 60 points as i cannot prove any hidden 5 points which i actually i do not need. your views are needed ASAP, so keep them coming.
  6. Hi guys, Quick question. I do not want to claim points for work experience in my EOI application. Do I still need to fill that section out? Thanks, Timmin
  7. After receiving a positive skills assessment for an occupation on the WA SS CSOL we now still need 5 points due to the dreaded IELTS (Writing) - Who writes by hand these days anyway I have a Bachelors Degree in a different field, not related to the SS Occupation, but not sure if claiming these points are allowed - it does add an additional 15 points to the total, but is this allowable? As this was never part of the plan, we also do not know what the process is to get this qualification 'verified' as well as how long it takes... Will it be better, safer, quicker to just delay (again) while waiting for the next IELTS exams...frustrated at the moment as we thought we had everything in place.
  8. Hi, I havent posted in a while... Couldnt remember my log in details so I have just been reading as a 'guest'. All is well with me, settling in nicely! Made some friends, learning to surf...what can I say? I am worried about something on my BIL's EOI and invitation. I worked out their points and they should have sat at 60, but they have 65. I asked him about it and he sent me the points breakdown. They got 5 extra points for 'australian study requirement'. But he did not study in Australia? I was afraid they filled it in wrong so I asked. He says they only got asked about his qualification once, and he filled in all the details and said he studied at WITS etc. He thinks the system calculated the points from there. Could that be it? Could there be a partnership between WITS and an Aus uni and by filling in his qualification the system automatically gave him those extra 5 points?! I am not sure what the EOI looks like, as I came through on the old system. Is there only one section for qualification info? What does it look like?! On my form I remember a seperate section about 'australian study requirement' and I just skipped it as It didnt apply to me. I am scared my BIL filled it in by mistake... He is sure he only filled in one qualification section though, so I do not want to push the issue. My fear is if they have 5 extra points they shouldnt have. This could make the visa grant fail. I would rather let them withdraw now and not lodge, and then change details and wait for a new invitation. But I cant suggest this if I am not 100% sure. But if I say nothing and its a huge balls up in the end? Help...
  9. Killerjoe

    189 Visa

    Hi All Im new to this forum but its great to find a forum finally dedicated to South Africans going to Oz and visa versa. Thanks for all the infomation thus far. My wife had a job in Geraldton Regional Hospital as a Registered Nurse and we were supposed to go through to Western Australia by Feb 2013 but the job had to be Authorised by Head office in Perth were it fell through. The Health budget was cut and the jobs put on hold. We would have been on a 457 visa had that worked. We thought at that time to quit our endeavous due to the fustration we had been through for the past 3 years. She has paid registration to the Australian Nursing coucil 3 times already and has not even worked there yet...imagine. We decided to try one last time by applying for a 189 visa, and because we had all the documents and stuff needed already prepared it was not that difficult.The fustraion of not doing anything in SA like taking out contracts etc is what really made us want to quit, We were in Limbo not knowing if we here or there. We submitted a skill select EOI and recieved an invitation to apply for 189 visa. We then got assigned a case officer (CO) and she asked for some documents, we now are only waiting for our medicals to be checked and Police clerance must be sent. We think we stand a good chance of getting this visa. We are now looking for jobs in Australia but have not yet applied as we are waiting on the outcome of Visa. If we recieve the visa we will have to enter the country to validate the visa within a year and will then be granted a 5 years period to make the permanant move. The whole cost thus far has been about R80000.00 and we hope it was all not for nothing. I hope that anyone that reads this will see the road is difficult. It is possible but dont be fooled by thinking it will be easy like the impression I had. I will keep all posted if it works.. God willing we will be in Oz soon.
  10. Hi everyone! My brother in law has just finished submitting his EOI with 60 points. Can anyone give me an indication of the current waiting period for an invitation? I know this can vary, but any info or experience you can share will help. Thank you! Elmarie
  11. As a matter of interest: has anyone tried to post MORE than one occupation for the Skillselect EOI?/ How do you do it? On your profile it allows for only one occupation/ skills assessment...what do you do if you have two skills assessments for two different occupations & it is for the same person...i.e. we cannot put a spouse down for the second application...any ideas?/ has anyone done this yet? Thks!
  12. Hey all, Well this is my first post. Just to give you an idea. I applied for my ACS assessment in November and have just received the confirmation. I've now put through my EOI with 65 points for ICT Business Analyst and am waiting for feedback. Hopefully all ICT Business Analysts can record all their experiences and help devoted to purely this skill set. So if anyone else is applying or has applied under 261111, I'd love to hear from you.
  13. Evening! I want to ask a question about the EOI. The date that I post on the EOI of my degree: I started in January 2004 and my final exam was November 2008, but my degree was only awarded June 2009. Which finish date should I put on the EOI? End 2008? or June 2009? Thanks
  14. As most read in my previous post (http://www.saaustral...1-the-decision/), we had started with our fateful journey along the hoops and hops that is known to most as getting the EOI in to get an invite. Our agents (Global Visas) assigned Rene Smith as our case manager. We had our first telephonic "interview", basically a get to know one another session. After that we received access to our very own case management portal on their web site to track actions, upload documents and send messages between the parties. Very cool indeed. Not to mention all the other related services they offer like bank accounts, phone contracts, rentals, flights and the whole ka boodle... something I'd expect for forking over a smidge over R28000. Well, it wasn't long before I received an electronic form to fill in... this was the application for ACS to do my qualifications and work experience assessments. So much info, almost felt lost. But, eventually got it filled in and uploaded. They took my uploaded CV and restructured it into a resume for Australian standards. Had to get a hold of English copies for my university degrees, as Tuks only gave me Afrikaans ones. Found a company in Centurion called Managed Integrity Evaluation (PTY) LTD (MIE), that did all the English translations for my degrees and transcripts for me and courier them to me. Very good service for about R400, 2 degrees and 2 transcripts with copies. I needed to get a couple of reference letters, this was a problem, as the companies I worked for before my last 8 years have either folded or the people who knew me where long gone (the newer people didn't want to give me reference letters, as they didn't know me when I worked there). But thankfully that wasn't a big problem. ACS is only really concerned with references for the last 8 years. So to all planning this... make damn sure you have all your reference letters for at least the last 8 years of your working career. The rest where the normal copies of ID's and copies of pay slips (keep these... they are important). This all eventually got submitted around the beginning of July 2012. Paid the AU$300 fee and all was A for AWAY. Got my results on the 31st July 2012 (basically a month) and all was GREEN, my qualifications checked out and was comparable and my experience was confirmed for 7 years 9 months. Cool or so I thought, it turns out that the difference between 7 years and 8+ years verified experience is actually 5 whole points on the EOI system. Next up was the dreaded IELTS. Yeah, had no idea what I was letting myself in for. So, booked the exam, paid the R1900 and had a squizy at their online prep stuff. That crap confused me even more, so left it. Got to the test and wrote it. Wasn't too worried, all seemed fine. Waited the 13 days for the TRF (Test Report Form). Got my results, 9 listening, 7.5 reading, 8 writing and 9 speaking. Overall 8.5. So I thought its all cool. Sent my TRN and scanned form to the agent. She uploaded the stuff and created an EOI with all the other documents, the initial score came out to 65. Didn't realise it at that time that my English ability was being rated at 7 based on my lowest band score (the reading), essentially missing out on 10 points. Later we pick this up especially after viewing the results of the first round on the 1st of August. So I book my re-write and paid the new R2100 on the IELTS. This time I got some "practice" material via our good forum friend HadEnoughOfJuju. Used that to exercise my reading to try improve that. Date came and I did the re-write. Felt positive. 13 days went past and I got my results online... YEAH BABY!!! 8, 9, 8, 8... Just what I needed!!!! Waited for the TRF, but this was now during the transport strike. Post Office was just saying, it's on it's way. Only one told me that the strike was affecting the delivery of post... great... what now? Phoned the British Council and pleaded with them... the next invite round was around the corner and I needed that TRN. They conceded and thankfully gave it to me over the phone. This was passed along to the agent who updated the EOI immediately... KACHING... 75 points... now it was just the wait and see what would happen the following round. The Sunday of the 14th of October 2012 we get and email from our agent... we got the INVITE!!!! We were over the MOON!!! Finally the first hurdle was over and done with. PS: During the whole IELTS re-write thing, our agent advised us to let my wife also write the IELTS test, basically this is to save on a fee that will be levied for VISA applications where the dependent has no confirmed English ability. She basically had to score a minimum of 4 on each band to qualify. This was done, the money paid and she got her results. The lowest score was 6.5, so she qualifies This was a hectic period in the process if I had to be honest.
  15. Anybody know if they are having invites in November or December this year? I have someone who's interested, but I can't seem to see any indication on the DIAC SkillSelect site of announcements for invites in November. Any thoughts?
  16. Anybody know if they are having invites in November or December this year? I have someone who's interested, but I can't seem to see any indication on the DIAC SkillSelect site of announcements for invites in November. Any thoughts?
  17. Yup, got the invite for our 189 Now the fun starts... *Shimmy shimmy, victory dance*
  18. The invitations started at midnight 15 September 2012 and guess what, at 16 minutes past midnight we got an invite for a 189 PR visa. At the moment I am trying very hard not to cry and go out of my mind. There are so many emotions going through my mind and at the moment I can't type properly.
  19. http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/got-5-million-heres-a-visa-20120829-25057.html
  20. Hi All Last night I was sitting behind my PC (checking the EOI details again) thinking what on earth could take the agents so long to "process" and submit the EOI. I have already created it and filled in all the information and there is after all nothing there that contradicts the information that I gave to the agents and it seems pretty straight forward to me. I completed all the job history and education details for my wife as requested as well as the IELTS results and reference number and skills assessment details, reference number and date that it was completed on. Not rocket science in my humble opinion. Then I got to thinking, what would happen if I accidentally hit the submit button instead of the save button? Suddenly, out of the blue I saw my finger start moving (all on it's own) toward the left mouse button and suddenly, CLICK and it was all over. The EOI was submitted, I even got a lovely confirmation letter from DIAC. I hope my finger has not gotten me into too much trouble with the agents and if it has I promise it will never happen again and my finger will be severely punished for stepping out of line like that, although I am secretly glad that the EOI is submitted and that it is in the list. We now stand a chance of at least being considered in the next round of invitations. Oh well, as Forest Gump once said "$h1t happens".
  21. Hi Guys I am setting up our budget for the whole immigration process, but I cant seem to get the cost of submitting an EOI for skill select. Does anyone know what the cost is in A$? Thanks
  22. Hey everyone, Is there anyone that has submitted their EOI's and that have received an invitation yet? If so, how long did it take to get invited from date of submission? I'm guessing everyone is still waiting anxiously to see how the new system works? My EOI was submitted on Thursday 5 July.
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