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  1. AngelaA

    Partner Skills

    Hi. I'm trying to calculate my points for the highly skilled Visa (189). I would like to know how the skills assessment works for my husbands qual. In order to get the partner points it states "Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and skill criteria.For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that when you were invited to apply for this visa that they: were under 45 years old had competent English had nominated a skilled occupation that is on the same skilled occupation list as your nominated skilled occupation had a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation, and the assessment wasn’t for a Subclass 485 visa. My husband meets these requirements, but he has not worked in the field he will be applying for the skills assessment for many years. He is a qualified secondary school teacher, but hasn't taught for 10years. Will he still get a positive skill assessment for the Visa purposes or will this disqualify him? We won't have enough points without his extra 10 partner points. Can anyone shed any light?
  2. Hey guys and gals, A quick question: With the changes to the points system in November this year, is the total points required (currently 65) going to increase as well? If so, does anyone know what the new total will be? Thanks in advance.
  3. I completed a BA degree and then was employed as a pre school teacher for over theee years, then i received my PGCE and this is my third year of teaching. I want to apply for the 189 visa as an ECD teacher but I am wondering how many points I will get for work experience? Does my post BA experience count towards ECD work or would they only credit my Post PGCE experience? Thanks in advance for all of your help
  4. Hi all, My hubby is an ICT project manager , which is on the 190 list. He has 18 years experience in this field but no formal qualification. He will be applying to ACS , with a RPL application and all seems on track that he should get a positive report resulting in a positive skills assessment and then some work experience points too. On the other hand, he has a hotel management diploma that could apparently give him 10 points additionally to his RPL, although he has no experience in the hospitality field. If it's not related to the IT field can he still get it assessed? By who?
  5. So I got good news and bad news today...good news...i have passed my general ielts, giving me the 20 points I need for visa application...however, in total I have 60 points...and only people with 70 points are accepted for the 189 visa...my only option now is to hope for state nomination to get a 190 visa...or the tasmania 489 visa, which only provides me with temporary residency...which means my options are now limited...I guess I should stay focused on the goal here...but it's hard to stay positive and I'm wondering whether I should even continue...what if I don't get a state nomination? #dreamshattered
  6. Hello Please could someone help confirm the process for attaining points in the following categories (Software Engineer - 261313): Qualifications (15 Points): At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard Skilled Employment (15 Points): In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years) For Qualifications I understand that these are dependent on the ACS evaluation. In my case I assume: Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Major which is closely related 2 Years in last 10 Years OR 4 Years in total work experience (anytime) Does this mean I get 15 points? How are the points allocated, with regards to the 2 or 4 years work experience deduction? For Skilled employment: is this based on the ACS evaluation? How is the experience verified by DIBP or is this the purpose of the ACS evaluation. i.e. Does the ACS evaluation influence both Qualifications and Skilled employment points. Thanks
  7. robynbergs

    which visa

    Hi there, I am just quite confused and don't really know where to begin - I might have to get hold of an agent. We are in our mid to late 40's and our skill set does not appear on the list (being in the creative industry: advertising and product design), so we don't score enough points. We have a lot of family in Australia but also some in SA, so don't qualify for a last relative visa. We don't really have the money to invest in starting a business in Australia so that crosses that visa off the list. There doesn't seem to be a perfect visa fit for our circumstances. What are our options for a visa? Which one do we go for? hope someone has some ideas thanks
  8. Immigration was not a topic we ever really discussed in our marriage since we are both gainfully employed, live in our dream house and bought a generator for when Eskom acts up. We were thus quite surprised after a recent holiday in Australia to discover that both of us want to move there permanently. With the decision made, we are now busy examining our options on how to gather enough points to lodge a EOI, but this is where it gets complicated. The following applies to our situation: My wife is a veterinarian (234711) and her job is on SOL with open space according to the current intake updatesMy job as a security practitioner is only on CSOL (262112)If I apply as the primary applicant, my score is 90If she applies, the score is 70 due to differences in IELTS score and obtained qualificationsThe question we have is, who should apply? Is a higher score more important or is the open vacancy more important? Perhaps it is better to apply individually? Thank you, any help would be appreciated!
  9. Hi Wondering if anyone can give an opinion on the likelihood of obtaining an invitation with the minimum 60 points? Does it take longer to receive an invite than it would for someone with 65 or 70 points? My concern is that we only have 60 points (Age (25), Degree (15), English (20)), due to the fact that I had to complete additional subjects for my skills assessment I am not expecting to receive points for skilled employment, which is acceptable if we still stand a good chance of an invitation with 60 points. I did investigate applying for state sponsorship for additional 5 points but it would appear that my occupation doesn't appear on the State Occupation list (Accountant - General). Has anyone received an invitation recently with 60 points and if so how long did it take from time of lodging EOI? Thanks. Jolene
  10. Hi guys, Just got a very good e-mail this morning. ICAA has given me a positive assessment and deem my ND and BTech to be equal to an Aus BA. Also they deem all of my work experience submitted as suitable. So that being said would like to ask for some of your thoughts and help with the points I would be able to claim on the EOI (because I really DON'T want to over claim or stuff it up some other way). I think that I would be able to claim points as follows: Age - 30 (I only turn 33 in October) English - 10 (I got at least 7's across the board in IELTS) Qualifications - 15 (Degree equal to Aus BA as per ICAA assessment) Work Experience - 15 (9 years from 01/01/2006 to date as per ICAA assessment) Total = 70 It would be great to be able to claim the 70, but I feel very apprehensive about this because don't know if the person that will decide on my application will have the same outlook on this as I do on the points. Any help would be of great guys (as always ) Cheers
  11. Hi Folks, My husband has asked me to get in touch and we're hoping you can shed some light for us. Considering the minimum required number of points for a 189 visa is 60 points, I was wondering whether anyone had done an EOI on exactly 60 points and been invited to apply for a 189, and how long it took to be invited on 60 points? By comparison, anyone with 65-70 points, and how long that took? My husband did his General IELTS in October and got 8-8-6.5-6.5, not individual scores of 7+, so although the requirement for IELTS in terms of positive skills assessment has been met, he won't be granted any points on the EOI points system for his current IELTS score. As it stands, with a positive skills assessment, he would have 60 points, but with a higher IELTS score he could get more points. He's loathe to write it again, but it's just about the only way to gain more points quickly. Is there any chance that he would be invited to apply for a 189 on 60 points, or would you recommend that he redo IELTS and try to get a better score for EOI? It's his birthday in the middle of next year and he loses 5 points then, so if he has to redo it, better now (in case he has to redo again) than to wait.... Thanks so much in advance.
  12. Hi there, Can anyone please clarify? I am SO confused... I am applying for Vetassess for the Corporate Services Manager as this is the closest to my current employment of 4 years which I can find on any list (South Australia). I have a Psychology degree. 1. Does anyone know if this degree is compatible with the Corporate Services Manager job title? 2. In order to get points for a degree on the points calculator for a State Sponsored visa, does the degree need to be in line/relevant to the vetasses job or will I get points just for having a degree? I really hope someone can clarify this for me!
  13. 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.
  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. 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...
  16. followmylead

    Points, IELTS - all very confusing

    Hi all We are investigating a possible job offer in WA. We fly out on the 17 May to our prospective employer. We are coming on their invitation and expense. As I understand things and if all go according to plan - after our visit, they will formally offer us a job in WA. So, as I understand things, they will nominate us and sponsor us to go over. The visa in question is a RSMS 187 (PR) . He has a masters degree directly relevant to the job and 14 years directly relevant work experience. His profession is on the skill select 2 list. He also holds a British passport, What is confusing me, is all the posts seem related to points. Is the points system only relevant if you as an individual seek employment or seek a visa to go and live in Aus to find employment? In other words - do we need to qualify under the points system. I also understand from what I am reading, that he wont need to write IELTS as he has a British passport. I wont be working, but i think i still have to write IELTS? As far as I understand he will need - Skillasses (to validate qualification). I will need to do IELTS. Both of us PCC and whole family Health and unabridged birth/marriage certificates for us all. Am i right or completely confused now.
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