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  1. Hi all I've decided to document our experience thus far to help anyone in a similar position. 189 skills visa application for engineers. Husband civil engineering degree (me). Wife chemical engineering degree. Civil engineer to be the main applicant. Decided to move Feb 2018, just did basic research and no real action. Booked our Ielts rest for end of July 2018 - clearly we became more serious. Please see ielts section for my experience and advice. Booked engineers Australia assessment end of August. Please see EA section below for our experience and advice. Submitted EOI with 80 points on 1st week of November. Age 30 points, qualification 15 points, English 20 points, work experience 10 points and partner qualification 5 points. Awaiting outcome. Received an invitation 11th Nov 🙂 A few days after this we went to do our police clearance - weekdays only during work hours, not all police stations do it please check before. Cost is R114 , you need a copy of ID, cash and original ID. Wife and I went out of our way to go there together, but it seems that it is not necessary to go at the same time since it's separate applications. Obviously means one might come before the other. Ielts test: Since we both were having our degrees assessed, we assumed that ielts was the requirement. Not the case, pte is accepted by EA Requirement was above 8 for me and above 6 for my wife - partner just needed competent English Prepared for 2 weeks, were both comfortable - English is our only language, and we consider ourselves to be very good at it. Wife got above 8 for all except writing. I got 8.5 and 9 for all except writing - 7.5. Devastating. I walked out of that test thinking it was a breeze, but this happened. Wasn't a major setback as we used it to apply for EA assessment - just needed to prove competent English there. In general I would not recommend the ielts test - given the price you pay, it is definitely not well managed. Even if you choose a convenient date, you won't always do the speaking part on the same day. The speaking part is done at a dodgy spot - could easily be someone's house. The other tests are done at a large external venue which is very disorganized. After writing the test we were given someone else's vehicle keys, they insisted it was mine (no safes - they gave you a ticket number and kept your stuff in the book store). Should have taken the keys it was a Mercedes :-). The ielts people seem to bite off more than they can chew just to make money. Booked the pte about 1.5 months later for myself - got a day about 2 weeks later - Saturday early October. Prepared for 1 week. Heed the advice about adjusting the mic and making sure it records you correctly as it is a computer. Pleasant experience - venue was packed to capacity - 8 people 🙂 I walked out of that test feeling I failed it, was already looking for the next closest test date. It was tough to me. Got my result that same evening (Saturday) - 90 for everything. Full marks! Engineers Australia (EA) : Also not the most pleasant experience. Wife and I both had trouble uploading all our docs - system was always down. Tried different times of day, browsers, computers, etc. Degree assessment only (wife) - copy of degree, academic record (only gave that later), ID, passport, change of surname, marriage certificate, English test. After about 6 weeks we logged a query online and received an email back requesting additional information - academic record. After uploading (took a while to try due to the faulty website) we received her confirmation letter 2 days afterwards. Cost R4474 EA work assessment: I did skills assessment too. I'm currently in my 3rd post grad job, but with the first 2 it was above 5 years so I did not have current work experience assessed for obvious reasons. Submitted the necessary docs like my wife did as above and also my cv, letter from both employers (letterhead, stamped, work duration, salary and job title), SARS docs (statement of account and ITA34). Followed up after 6 weeks, got picked apart by the assessor - forget to upload passport, needed pension documents and job duties. Advice to all is to get the job duties in the company service letter, but one company's HR refused to do so, they wanted me to contact all past managers and get them to first sign off on the 5 duties I wanted to be added to the letter. So I instead uploaded the job duties and performance review docs with the company letterhead, these were acceptable. Pension docs were also a mission they needed it detailed month by MO th showing the contributions. Reached out to absa and momentum as they were the ones it was done with. Took almost 2 weeks, absa gave it to me on a spreadsheet with no letterhead so I had to beg them to write a letter confirming the spreadsheet was correct and the duration that funds were contributed for. Took another week to upload these - the site had technical difficulties whenever I tried to upload. Had to finally phone them, and they agreed to accept it via email. Then waited another week before phoning again. They said they're still busy. I was worried that they were not going to accept the job duties one... Early November I received the results : relevant Australian work experience: nil. Relevant overseas work experience: *dates that I was assessed for*. Misread the doc at first and thought that they rejected my work experience claim :/. Cost R7976. Been researching places to stay - likely going to be Melbourne. We're glad we're not going on the sponsored visa given that you are slave to one employer, although this will mean the process is more expensive. I'm hoping that once we get the visa, I can do interviews via Skype and maybe secure a job (wishful thinking I know). Maybe that job will pay for relocation - container so we can take stuff from here to Aus (super wishful thinking). Last option is we will pack up and leave, should get a job within a month. Haven't gotten into the finer details to do when getting ready to leave, but will be rushed - selling house and cars and everything we own, etc. Started the visa application just need to upload the police clearance when we get it and we have already booked medicals for next week. Any questions and advice?
  2. Hi Ever since April this year I've been thinking to migrate but haven't put in a lot of effort yet except for reading. I am eligible for a 189 PR Visa as I'm a Mechanical Engineer with approximately 5 years experience in both Chemical and Power Generation industries. If I get the maximum points for the IELTS I will be having 70 points with the possibility to increase this to 75 next year April. The whole process of leaving everything behind like a decent job, properties and then most important your family is something that we still need to overcome. However every time when there are increased political instability or crime I just know the move will be for the best. I've also appointed Migrate2Oz as my migration agent and currently I'm busy compiling my work experience documentation. What I actually would like to find out is it worth it to migrate without a job and how do select which state? Also how long would it generally take to get a decent job with a good salary? Regards Carl
  3. PB111

    On the fence

    Hi to everyone on the forum Like most contributors, I've been an avid stalker of saaustralia... I initially joined sometime in 2014, but like the title of this post says, I've been on the fence about carrying through with the visa and migration process. While I'm typing this, a part of me is still anxious, and somewhat unsure whether its the best option. Hubby and I had no desire to leave SA, until our princess arrived - who, in her opinion, is a very grown up person stuck in a 6 year old body . Since her birth its been agonising to listen to the news, in particular the violence and aggression visible towards children. So hi again, and thank you to everyone I've been stalking till now. The information has been invaluable and I've especially loved the "settling in" stories and landing journal type posts. We would never have gotten to the point where we feel ready to start the 189 process (without agent) if it wasn't for this forum.
  4. cutecutter

    EOI lodged!

    Hi everyone!! This is my first time posting.. We have just lodged our EOI, Civil engineer with 60 points. (189 visa). Is this the part where the anxiety and impatience starts?? How long do you guys recon we are going to wait to receive an invite? I know 60 points is not that much but crossing fingers!!
  5. Hi, Could any of the engineers out there shed some light on this for me please. Is registration with Engineers Australia compulsory to work as an engineer in Australia? I am not currently ECSA registered but my qualifications have already been assessed by Engineers Australia and comply with the Washington Accord. I have about 14 years experience but never worked on government contracts, so ECSA registration was never an issue. Any idea on where might be a good place to start job hunting (already have PR)? Currently working in the energy management field. Planning on moving in Jan 2016. Any feedback on this would greatly be appreciated! Ru
  6. Hey guys, I had my degree and work experience assessed and I received a favourable outcome in all categories except the one which I least expected. My degree is on par with a skill level 1 Professional Engineer in Aus, and they acknowledged my five years of work experience as an engineer. Unfortunately though I studied a new discipline at Tuks which is very closely related to electronic engineering, and because of this the ANZSCO list didn't have an exact mapping for my discipline and I was put into the 233999 category which is the "not elsewhere classified" category. Meaning they don't have something exactly like that to compare it with, but it is still acknowledged as an engineering discipline. The bad thing is that the "nec" category is not on the SOL list even though all of the engineering disciplines that I can do are on the list. I'm planning to contact EA to find out about the classification, and if anything can be done about it. But in the mean time I am considering doing my honours or masters in electronic engineering to open up that door. In the mean time though I have submitted an EOI for 185, 186, and 457. Am I going to wait forever? Thanks for any assistance!
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