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Hi everyone

I have been "browsing" the site for a while, but thought that it was time to register since we are FINALLY getting the ball rolling.

First up: Thanks to everybody contributing their valuable information on this site. I am convinced that you make it a much easier process for a lot of people.

We have 1 son (18 months old) and absolutely no family in Oz. We have a few friends over there though. We are thinking of settling (eventually) in Melbourne.

Would anybody be able to offer some advice? I am a Java developer with 6 years experience, but no degree (just a few industry certs). I am busy completing the ACS Diploma in IT, and plan to finish in June. My problem, is that I am reaching 30 SOON, and think that the 5 extra points might be useful. I also don't know what effect the changes in June will have on my application. So I am contemplating whether I should TRY for a skills assessment before completing the Diploma, and risk the money (not sure if there's any other risks), or just hang tight and hope for the best. Any ideas?

Thanks again!!

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Hi Nadine

Welcome to the forum

All the best and Enjoy

Regards

S

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Hi Nadine,

DO YOUR ASSESSMENT - even if jou apply offshore or onshore - it is one of the criterias to do your assessment. No need to have a dimploma or degree. I did my RPL / Assessment @ ACS (Australian Computer Society) and they approved AND nominated me a Systems qualification. I had 8 years of skills only. No certificate / diploma / degree whatsover.

I can e-mail you all the correct forms and I am willing to mail you my detailed skills assessment in order to "speed up" your process.

You are welcome to pm me with your details if you are interested.

More importantly - GOOD LUCK AND GROW ALOT OF PATIENCE !!!!

E

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Welcome Nadine.

There are a lot of us in the same boat. No family in Oz etc but you will be the first and be there for the rest of your family. As for being a Java developer, I think you will have no problem as there is a shortage of Java people

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Hi Nadine

I'm afraid I'm going to have to be the bearer of bad news; I don't think you'll be able to apply for your visa before June. Even if you could apply for your ACS assessment today, the ACS process normally takes 3 months to complete, (that already puts you in June), and unless you can get an employer to sponsor you there is no way to get a visa without a valid skills assessment.

With only 6 years experience you won't be able to do RPL like 2J AND 2E did, for that you need 8 years. Once you've finished your ACS diploma, would that qualify you to apply with only 6 years experience?

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That was my concern as well. Although you only have to lodge before your 30th birthday, it doesn't have to be approved before (as far as I know).

Yes, the Diploma is equivalent to a 2 year Australian diploma.

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You're correct, they take your age at the time you lodge, not when it is processed.

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Hi Nadine,

Welcome to the forum!

Good luck with the Visa and the visa application.

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unless you can get an employer to sponsor you

Does that mean that you don't have to get a skills assessment when you get sponsered by an employer?

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Does that mean that you don't have to get a skills assessment when you get sponsered by an employer?

You don't need one for a 457 visa, but if you arrive on a 457 and you then decide to go for PR you'd need to do a skills assessment before you can apply for PR.

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or you can work for the employer for 2 years on a 457 and then you don't need skills assessment.

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